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The Fisher King (1991)

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

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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
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Sitcom Wife
James Remini ...
Bum at Hotel
Mark Bowden ...
Doorman
John Ottavino ...
Father at Hotel
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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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Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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27 September 1991 (USA)  »

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Fisher King  »

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$24,000,000 (estimated)

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$41,895,491 (USA)
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The girl that Jack says might be able to help Parry to find the Holy Grail is named Lydia Sinclair. One of the legends about the grail is that it is buried under Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland which was built by the Sinclair clan. The name Sinclair comes back in several grail myths. See more »

Goofs

The recording of Jack's diatribe on yuppies is very different from the "live" version we saw earlier. See more »

Quotes

Jack Lucas: [Dumping her] Well, I think, now I know more...
Anne Napolitano: Firstly, you don't know shit, okay? Secondly, what have we been doing here but time? I love you. Do you love me? You're not even going to give me that are you?
Jack Lucas: We both got something out of this.
Anne Napolitano: WHAT DID I GET? WHAT DID I GET that I couldn't have got any day of the week from a guy on the street with NO name?
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References The Bear (1988) See more »

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Chill Out Jack
Written by Cave Samrai, Richard Williams, Peter Harvey & Jonny Templeton
Performed by Trip
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Heartbreakingly hysterical dramedy; one of my all-time faves
13 March 2003 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

THE FISHER KING (1991) **** Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges, Mercedes Ruehl, Amanda Plummer, Michael Jeter, Tom Waits. Brilliant tragic-farce about a shock jock radio personality (Bridges in top form and criminally overlooked for an Oscar nod!) who goes over the brink into madness when he inadvertently causes a tragedy that he ends up reliving when he comes upon a homeless man (Williams equally brilliant, Best Actor nominee) that has become that way due to his actions. Repercussions and setbacks aside, intriguing character study despite some broad strokes. Daring direction by Terry Gilliam and Ruehl (Oscar winner, Best Supporting Actress) is dead-solid perfect as Bridges' taken for granted lover. Pathos and pathologies aplenty. Astonishing screenplay by Richard La Gravenese (who has a blink-n-miss cameo in the first asylum sequence; he's in a strait-jacket). Look sharp for Kathy Najimi as a video store patron Bridges insults and David Hyde Pierce as Bridges' agent.


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