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1982, Warner Bros., 136 min, USA, Dir: George Roy Hill

From a baby bouncing to The Beatles’ “When I'm Sixty-Four,” a lighter-than-air eccentricity runs through this adaptation of John Irving’s bestseller, even in its occasional dark turns, as T.S. Garp (Robin Williams) grows from infant to successful writer over the span of 40 years. In addition to providing Williams with his first dramatic role, the film helped introduce moviegoers to Glenn Close (Garp’s feminist mother) and John Lithgow (transgender ex-footballer Roberta Muldoon), both Oscar-nominated.

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