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George Roy Hill's intermittently faithful adaptation of John Irving's best-selling novel lightens the tone of the book's black comedy while retaining at least part of its effect. It stars Robin Williams as T.S. Garp--the fatherless son of well-known eccentric feminist activist Jenny Fields (Glenn Close) who spends much of his life trying to escape the influence of his unusual upbringing and the ever-expanding shadow of his mother's fame. Intent on becoming a writer, living a normal life, and raising a family, Garp marries college sweetheart Helen Holm (Mary Beth Hurt) and starts a family, but he is plagued by the feeling he must wage war against all that is violent in the world that can possibly bring harm to them. When he finally publishes his first book, his mother simultaneously publishes a feminist manifesto that makes her a lightning rod for all manner of victimized women. Among her followers is the transsexual ex-football player Roberta Muldoon (John Lithgow), a model of sanity, who becomes a frien...
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CastSwoosie Kurtz
DirectorGeorge Roy Hill
Release Date:  1982
MPAA Rating:  R
DVD Release Date:  Warner Home Video (April 03, 2001)
Runtime:  2hr 16min
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review by . May 10, 2000
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Pros: Robin Williams is fantastic     Cons: none     Jenny Fields is a nurse, unmarried and wanting a child. She manages to obtain this goal and gives birth to the wonderful T.S. Garp. Garp and mom live at a prep school where Jenny is the school nurse and Garp the school sex addict. He also has an undying love of the written word (a love he received naturally from his mother) and dreams of writing the great American novel. His mother, also an aspiring writer, …
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