Actors: Robin Williams, Mary Beth Hurt, Glenn Close, John Lithgow, Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about The World According to Garp|
|Based on John Irving's 1978 bestseller, this 1982 movie portrays the life of T.S. Garp (Williams, in an early role), and his mother Jenny Fields (Close). Jenny doesn't understand or feel lust, so she impregnates herself by a severely wounded and bedridden World War II tail gunner in order to birth a son. Garp grows up with a great lust for life and the ambition to be a serious writer. His book, The Magic Gloves, is overshadowed by Mom's feminist manifesto, A Sexual Suspect, however, which brings Jenny lots of attention and eventually makes her head of a halfway house for abused women and the "Ellen James cult" (named after an 11-year-old who was raped and had her tongue cut out).
--David Loftus, Resident Scholar
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Time/era of movie:
- girls fighting for rights
Special relationship with
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- brunette (Brown)
- (man) short/standard straight
- (man) average
Events of movie makes character more...
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor?
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- (woman) very skinny
How much in movie?
- White (American)
- general circumstances
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Movie makes you feel...
- Occasional swearing
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