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The Fisher King (1991)

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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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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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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 | Fantasy

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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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Trivia

For the "waltzing commuter" scene in Grand Central station, the main hall of the terminal was shut down for the shoot from 8pm until the first commuter trains arrived at 5:30 am the next morning. Lighting effects outside of the large terminal windows made it seem to be 5:00 in the evening the entire night, and over 400 extras waltzed around the mirror-ball topped Information Booth again and again throughout the night. Now, on New Year's, an orchestra plays there and people waltz for real. See more »

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(at around 4 mins) When in the limo, the camera sees Jack facing the back of the limo with a cassette tape deck to his right, his manager sitting across from him. The time on the deck clock says "2:24." Considering the clock in the studio (previous to the overhead of the street) says "8:00" and he is signing off, there is a 6 1/2 hour difference between the two clocks. When the camera cuts to his manager and back to see the man in the window, the clock has advanced 11 minutes, cut to the manager, back to Jack, the clock has gone back to 2:24. See more »

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Jack Lucas: [on himself, and Parry] "Radio Personality Turns Screwball On Mission From God." I just hope that when they put me away, they find me a place right next to his.
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References Tommy (1975) See more »

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Rose's Turn
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This movie should be on everyone's "must-see" list
23 July 2004 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

A touching yet humorous tale, THE FISHER KING brings together amongst the best performances given by Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges, as well as Terry Gilliam's finest directorial effort. Solid supporting performances by Amanda Plummer and Mercedes Ruehl round out a great film that ranks among my personal favorites.

Bridges portrays an arrogant radio shock-jock, who's big mouth and flippant comments send a disturbed listener on a murderous rampage, thus ending his career. Enter Ruehl as his new enabler girlfriend, waiting patiently for him to drag himself up from the dregs, hoping to catch a ride to the top. Just when Bridges seems to have hit rock bottom, he encounters Williams, a crazed vagrant who thinks he is a knight in shining armor.

What ensues is a tale of remorse, redemption and rebirth which is made all the more magical by Gilliam's magnificent vision. Most notable is a scene which takes place in Grand Central Station where the hustle and bustle of the busy commuters dissolves into a spectacular waltz as Williams follows Plummer, the woman of his dreams. Gilliam's style makes Williams delusions come alive as the character makes the slow journey from trauma-induced insanity to stark, yet hopeful, reality.

Every character in this film undergoes a metamorphosis, each learning from the others along the transformation. It is a beautiful film to watch, and an achievement to all involved that subject matter of such depth can come across with such humor and with such beauty.


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