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The Fisher King (1991)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  20 September 1991 (USA)
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A former radio DJ, suicidally despondent because of a terrible mistake he made, finds redemption in helping a deranged homeless man who was an unwitting victim of that mistake.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Adam Bryant ...
Radio Engineer
Paul Lombardi ...
Radio Engineer
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Lou Rosen (as David Pierce)
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Limo Bum
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Sondra
Warren Olney ...
TV Anchorman
Frazer Smith ...
News Reporter
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Crazed Video Customer
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Sitcom Actor Ben Starr
Melinda Culea ...
Sitcom Wife
James Remini ...
Bum at Hotel
Mark Bowden ...
Doorman
John Ottavino ...
Father at Hotel
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Storyline

After hearing a popular DJ rail against yuppies, a madman carries out a massacre in a popular New York bar. Dejected and remorseful, the DJ strikes up a friendship with Parry, a former professor who became unhinged and then homeless after witnessing his wife's violent death in the bar shooting. The DJ seeks redemption by helping Parry in his quest to recover an item that he believes is the Holy Grail and to win the heart of the woman he loves. Written by Jim Sanders and Determined Copy Editor

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A good, old-fashioned story of guilt, poverty, love, madness and free video club membership. (vv) See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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20 September 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fisher King  »

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Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$41,895,491 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Ellen Barkin was considered for the role of Anne. See more »

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Quotes

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a modern romance
7 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the best movies I've ever seen. I kept returning to it over they years and I always found it a great and enriching experience to watch. I especially like the shifting incarnations of the legendary Fisher King in this film (the wounded hero, kind of the wasteland, keeper of the holy grail. The archetype of the knight and of the wounded warrior can be seen as one of the prominent archetypes of masculinity we have. By this view, this movie can be seen as a research into masculinity as such. The performances by Bridges, Williams and Ruehl are exquisite. The eighties' New York is a great setting for this ethereal, symbolic quest, and the surreal theatricalness of some of the scenes (a la "Brazil") only adds to the overall artistic congruence of the film. The visuals are great. The movie works on many levels, so apart from this very abstract layer, we get a funny and intelligent comedy about modern misfits - with a great love story, or two. Also, I especially recommend this movie to anyone who loves New York City.


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