Based on the John Irving novel, this film chronicles the life of T S Garp, and his mother, Jenny. Whilst Garp sees himself as a "serious" writer, Jenny writes a feminist manifesto at an opportune time, and finds herself as a magnet for all manner of distressed women. Written by
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The initials of T.S. in Garp's name stand for "Technical Sergeant" and are based on the name and rank of his father in the army, who was only known as Technical Sergeant Garp, a ball turret gunner (tailgunner). The initials also can form a literary reference to T.S. Eliot. See more »
When Garp returns home after his session with the hooker, he reminisces while opening and closing the blinds in his room. The scene of him and Helen picking up the scattered pages of his short story occurs in a different locale (spread all over the lawn) than the original event (on a road and among the landscaping near the house). See more »
This book is one of my favorites, so I had to see eventually how the movie stacked up. Not bad, but not perfect either. The movie takes so long to get going that the end seems rushed. If I hadn't read the book, I would have had a hard time really understanding the feud with the Ellen Jamesians or Pooh's hatred of Garp.
Still, this is one of Robin Williams's less annoying performances and a talented cast that at the time not many people had probably heard of. In the end, the movie is complex, at times funny and others sad, and maintains the spirit of the novel.
The book is better, IMO, but this is close enough. "The Cider House Rules" is an even better adaptation--if you like this, you'll love that.
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