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The World According to Garp is 1982 comedy-drama film directed by George Roy Hill based on the novel of the same title by John Irving. John Lithgow and Glenn Close were nominated for Academy Awards for their roles.


The film chronicles the life of T. S. Garp (Robin Williams), the illegitimate son of his feminist mother, Jenny Fields (Glenn Close). The primary themes explored in the film are fatherhood, lust, adultery, and loss.



  • The house that the plane crashes into was built at one end of the only runway at Lincoln Park Airport, a very small airstrip in Lincoln Park, New Jerseymarker (about 35 miles SW of New York City). The wrecked house was not removed for several weeks. While no planes have hit houses in the vicinity, one did bounce off the roof of a passing car several years earlier.
  • Cameo: John Irving wrestling match referee
  • Director cameo: George Roy Hill pilot who crashes into the house
  • Glenn Close plays Robin Williams' mother, yet she is only four years older than he.
  • Jeff Daniels was considered for the lead role but lost out to Robin Williams.
  • Glenn Close landed the role of Jenny after director George Roy Hill and casting director Marion Dougherty had seen her in a Broadway production of Barnum opposite Jim Dale.
  • A line of dialogue was changed for the recent Warner DVD release: when Roberta Muldoon is talking with Garp's mother Jenny about the accident, in the original theatrical version she said " have it bitten off in a Buick." In the new DVD version the reference to Buick was removed, so Roberta now just says " have it bitten off."

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