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Academy Award winner Robin Williams, Glenn Close and John Lithgow star in this film based on John Irving's expansive, offbeat best-selling novel. When Jenny Fields (Close) decides to become a mother, she has no intention of finding a husband or of having marital sex, so she gets herself pregnant by a hospitalized solder on his deathbed. And so begins the unusual life of Garp (Williams), who is destined to be anything except what he himself desires most... to be normal.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.5 Ounces
- Item model number : WARA699569DVD
- Media Format : Color, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 16 minutes
- Release date : July 3, 2014
- Actors : Robin Williams
- Studio : Warner Archive Collection
- ASIN : B00IBKXU2Q
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,418 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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3 and 93 overall in my journey through films of my lifetime.
"The World According to Garp" is a part of a grouping of movies that I've "heard about." Most people don't remember exactly how they heard about them, and usually they don't even mean it literally, or perhaps they merely made a mental note upon mention of a film. For me I actually remember where I was and even who suggested the film sometimes. I don't have some great memory or anything I just remembered wierd things. I was in middle school when I heard about this one. As one may have noted I have several motivating movies that inspired me to engage in this retrospective. "The World According to Garp" is in the top five movies that made me want to go back and catch up. I did see a scene from the film which I will call "the driveway scene" and it made me want to try this for years. I'm actually excited that I have finally arrived at this movie.
If I had seen "The World According to Garp" when I had heard about it I would have loved it. As it is I'm disappointed. Maybe it's because "Forrest Gump" did it better. I don't think so though. The movie that kept running through my mind was "Dazed and Confused." Threads of commonality are few between the films almost to the point of non sequitur status. They do have one major thing in common: they are pointless. I love "Dazed and Confused" though. "The World According to Garp?" Not so much. Probably because it's a little preachy. Also there is a minor theme of lust and family but no real meaty thoughts on the matters. Despite the bizarre philanthropic commune with its cast of carnival outcasts I found the movie to be quite normal and I think there lies the better part of my dissapointment. Although it tackles some major social issues I found it to be thin in dealing with intellectually weighty issues.
A way in which I've changed over the years is that I no longer enjoy obvious connections. The old adage goes "if you see a gun in act one it must go off by act three." I fully endorse this but I like it to be subtlet. Nothing is subtle in this story and it's connections may as well come with big red circles reminding you of how everything nearly dovetails together. When it's this blatant it is just contrived.
Robin Williams definitely showed his stuff here. He's charming and his acting is intense and compelling to watch. He was a treasure.
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-earns it's dramatic points
The movie is most worth watching for some fine, early performances: an early, serious Robin Williams; Mary Beth Hurt; Glenn Close's first role on film (she had been a stage actor previously); a funny yet tender portrayal of Roberta by John Lithgow.
There are a few scenes that some might find uncomfortable watching with their elderly mothers or fathers if you catch my drift. But hey...ya gotta see this movie! I immediately ordered it for streaming through Amazon to honor Robin upon hearing of his tragic passing and watched it that night which made one scene I'd not noticed before( having owned and watched this movie in another now obsolete format many times) so poignant. It occurred at the 1hour and 30 minute mark of the movie and was a family scene in the kitchen with Garp(Robin) making a comment on that day that left me - well- I stilled the video at the conclusion of his monlogue to catch the one face of Robin Williams I will always remember him by- I hope you tune it in.