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The Fisher King (1991)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  27 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 overview, first billed only:
Adam Bryant ...
Radio Engineer
Paul Lombardi ...
Radio Engineer
Lou Rosen (as David Pierce)
Limo Bum
Warren Olney ...
TV Anchorman
Frazer Smith ...
News Reporter
Crazed Video Customer
Sitcom Actor Ben Starr
Melinda Culea ...
Sitcom Wife
James Remini ...
Bum at Hotel
Mark Bowden ...
John Ottavino ...
Father at Hotel


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 »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 September 1991 (USA)  »

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Fisher King  »

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$24,000,000 (estimated)


$41,895,491 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The dialog that Parry mutters to himself while sitting on top of the car while the alarm blares is attributed to both Percival - for whom Parry's character is named - and to Don Quixote. Director Terry Gilliam had, in the early 2000s, attempted to direct a big-budget adaptation of Don Quixote starring Johnny Depp but was beset by so many problems that he abandoned the project. See more »


(at around 1 min) When Jack is talking to Parry in the basement, Pinocchio's head (on left) changes position 3 times each time the scene cuts back to Jack. See more »


Parry: Come back, we'll rummage.
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References Real Genius (1985) See more »


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Still amazing on a 4 inch screen
7 May 2006 | by (United Arab Emirates) – See all my reviews

When i first rented this movie out, it was like an enchantment, even on a 4 inch screen. It was a tape but still, i felt the magic in the movie its self. But the Fisher King is more than a movie, it is a story of redemption, madness, guilt, sanity, poverty and love. In the movie, all these things come together. Jeff Bridges was always a well respected Hollywood actor. In the Fisher King, he plays a role a lot more different than the star man. He plays a radio talk show host Jack Lucas, a wild, arrogant radio DJ who's advice causes a man to assassinate seven people in a restaurant. Jack Lucas did this unintentionally, but as a result to that, he is now down and out in poverty. When almost killed by thugs, a insane homeless man (Robin Williams), saves Jack, and in the end turns out to be the husband of one of the restaurant victims. Parry (Robin Williams) has lost his sanity because of that. Jack feels so muck guilt that he wishes to help Parry meet with Lydia Sinclair ( the girl that Parry likes, played by Amanda Plummer), and help him find the one thing Parry treasures, the Holy Grail. The performances are incredible. Particualary Mercedes Rhuel, Robin Williams, Amanda Plummer, andJeff Bridges, they stole the show. This should be in the library of the top five fantasy dramas in Hollywood.

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