I was watching one of my favorite movies this week and realized that I have a penchant for books and movies set in New England. And, it wasn’t until I thought about it that I realized, there actually are a good number of them. I think it’s a wonderful part of the country with tiny villages, historic towns and vibrant cities, and the gorgeous countryside makes for ideal filming locations. Even though there are hundreds of movies set in New England, I’ve managed to whittle out my favorites. (Note: Contains no spoilers.)
1. The World According to Garp
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I could easily have picked any number of John Irving’s books that have been made into movies. He is my most favorite author. Born in New Hampshire, his books are set in and around his home state. Five have been turned into screenplays, but of all his movies set in New England, I have to pick The World According to Garp. It has the added bonus of Robin Williams (one of my favorite actors). Like all Irving stories, it is wonderfully quirky and the parts played by Glenn Close (Garp’s mom) and John Lithgow (a 6ft strapping transsexual footballer) are just ace. And, the movie follows the book story very closely.