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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.

1979, 20th Century Fox, 101 min, USA, Dir: Peter Yates

Four teenagers (Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley) come of age in an Indiana university town where their status as "townies" creates numerous economic and emotional obstacles. Paul Dooley stands out in a uniformly excellent cast as the befuddled father of a young man who sees cycling as his way out of obscurity.

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