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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

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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 | Romance

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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)

Gross:

$41,895,491 (USA)
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Trivia

Costume designer Beatrix Aruna Pasztor's initial concept for the Red Knight was that the suit of armor would be made from found objects (not unlike Parry's "medieval" garb) such as car parts and industrial waste, but Terry Gilliam wanted something more accurately medieval. The final concept was meant to suggest the knight was burning from the inside out, with smoke pouring from his joints and flame bursting from his helmet. See more »

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After the little quarrel with Anne, Jack gets a call. When he picks up the phone, it still keeps ringing for a short moment. See more »

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Anne Napolitano: You're not so invisible. You want a personality? Try this on for size: you can be a real bitch sometimes.
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Lydia: [laughing] Wow!
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Written by Ralph Freed & Burton Lane
Produced by Ray Cooper and George Fenton
Whistled & Sung by Harry Nilsson
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The perfect Robin Williams movie (and much more)
3 March 2004 | by (bean world, massachusetts) – See all my reviews

This movie is really exceptional in a lot of ways. It's got one of those plots, full of ironic reversals and personal struggle, that's been turned into melodramatic trash in every creative medium ever invented. With Robin Williams as the magic crazy guy and Jeff Bridges in an 80s ponytail, the ways the basic concept could have gone awry (in other hands) are truly frightening to contemplate. But with Terry Gilliam at the helm, The Fisher King speaks to your emotions more directly and powerfully than 90% of the movies out there without degenerating into sappiness.

Perhaps the most brilliant acheivement of this movie is the way it takes Robin Williams' crazy-improvisational persona and makes it an integral part of the story. Instead of being a tacked-on adjunct to the "real" movie, Williams' stream-of-consciousness patter is essential to the work as a whole.

At the same time, Gilliam is making an almost-mainstream movie for the first time in his career, while explicitly referencing his past (the Holy Grail). It all comes together into a movie you will never forget.


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