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The Fisher King -- A homeless history professor (Robin Williams) who lives in a world of fantasy plucks a N.Y. shock jock (Jeff Bridges) from disaster.
The Fisher King -- A radio DJ, suicidally despondent because of a horrible mistake he made, finds redemption in helping a deranged homeless man who was a victim of it.


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Writer (WGA):
Richard LaGravenese (written by)
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27 September 1991 (USA) See more »
A Modern Day Tale About The Search For Love, Sanity, Ethel Merman And The Holy Grail. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 18 wins & 21 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeff Bridges ... Jack
Adam Bryant ... Radio Engineer
Paul Lombardi ... Radio Engineer

David Hyde Pierce ... Lou Rosen (as David Pierce)

Ted Ross ... Limo Bum

Lara Harris ... Sondra
Warren Olney ... TV Anchorman
Frazer Smith ... News Reporter

Mercedes Ruehl ... Anne

Kathy Najimy ... Crazed Video Customer

Harry Shearer ... Sitcom Actor Ben Starr

Melinda Culea ... Sitcom Wife
James Remini ... Bum at Hotel
Mark Bowden ... Doorman
John Ottavino ... Father at Hotel
Brian Michaels ... Little Boy

Jayce Bartok ... First Punk

Dan Futterman ... Second Punk

Robin Williams ... Parry

Bradley Gregg ... Hippie Bum
William Jay Marshall ... Jamaican Bum
William Preston ... John the Bum
Al Fann ... Superintendent

Stephen Bridgewater ... Porno Customer

Amanda Plummer ... Lydia
John Heffernan ... Stockbroker Bum
Chris Howell ... Red Knight

Michael Jeter ... Homeless Cabaret Singer

Richard LaGravenese ... Strait Jacket Yuppie
Anita Dangler ... Bag Lady
Mark Bringelson ... Drooler
Johnny Paganelli ... Pizza Boy

Diane Robin ... Receptionist
John Benjamin Red ... Motorcyclist
Lisa Blades ... Parry's Wife

Christian Clemenson ... Edwin

Carlos Carrasco ... Doctor
Joe Jamrog ... Guard

John de Lancie ... TV Executive
Lou Hancock ... Nurse
Caroline Cromelin ... Radio Show Call-In (voice)
Kathleen Bridget Kelly ... Radio Show Call-In (voice)

Pat Fraley ... Radio Show Call-In (voice) (as Patrick Fraley)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mel Bourne ... Langdon Carmichael (uncredited)
Kristen Connors ... Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)

Ruben Dario Cruz II ... Dancer / New Yorker (uncredited)
Larry Echerer ... Murder victim (uncredited)

Kevin Fennessy ... Diner (uncredited)

Ray Huffman ... Dancer in the Park (uncredited)

Jack Mulcahy ... Passerby (uncredited)

Peter Austin Noto ... Homeless Man (uncredited)
Scott Seidman ... Businessman (uncredited)

Tom Waits ... Disabled Veteran (uncredited)

Directed by
Terry Gilliam 
Writing credits
Richard LaGravenese (written by)

Produced by
Debra Hill .... producer
Tony Mark .... associate producer (as Anthony Mark)
Lynda Obst .... producer
Stacey Sher .... associate producer
Original Music by
George Fenton 
Cinematography by
Roger Pratt (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lesley Walker 
Casting by
Howard Feuer 
Production Design by
Mel Bourne 
Art Direction by
P. Michael Johnston 
Set Decoration by
Cindy Carr 
Costume Design by
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor  (as Beatrix Pasztor)
Makeup Department
Zoltan Elek .... key makeup artist
Craig Lyman .... makeup artist: New York
Lisa Meyers .... key hair stylist (as Lisa Joy Meyers)
Production Management
Mark A. Baker .... assistant unit production manager: New York
Sharre Jacoby .... post-production supervisor
Tony Mark .... unit production manager (as Anthony Mark)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cyd Adams .... second second assistant director: New York
Carla Corwin .... second assistant director
David McGiffert .... first assistant director
Joe Napolitano .... first assistant director
Marge Piane .... dga trainee (as Margaret Piane)
Cynthia A. Potthast .... second second assistant director
Rebecca Saionz .... DGA trainee: New York
Art Department
David Aaron .... assistant property master
Joe Bird .... set decorator: New York (as Joseph L. Bird)
Larry Clark Bird .... property master
David B. Brenner .... construction foreman
Giovanni Ferrara .... paint foreman
Ed Ferraro .... construction coordinator: New York
Dale Gordon .... propmaker foreman
Ann Harmon .... art department assistant (as Anne Harmon)
Rick Heinrichs .... set designer
Kristen Kelly .... leadman
Maurice Larson .... paint foreman (as Maurice E. Larson)
Kevin McCarthy .... set decorator: New York
Tom McDermott .... assistant property master: New York (as Thomas A. McDermott)
David C. Potter .... leadman
Richard Dean Rankin .... construction coordinator
Manuel Silvia .... labor foreman
Jason Weil .... set designer (as Jason R. Weil)
Thomas Wright .... property master: New York (as Tom Wright)
Michael Zansky .... chargeman scenic artist: New York
Ken Zimmerman .... assistant property master
Kai Blomberg .... set dresser (uncredited)
Gary J. Coelho .... laborer (uncredited)
Chuck Eskridge .... scenic artist & on-set painter (uncredited)
Glen Kennedy .... set dresser (uncredited)
John Ralbovsky .... scenic foreman (uncredited)
Tommy Samona .... set dresser (uncredited)
Michael P. Sweeney .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Stefna Borges .... assistant sound editor
Joseph F. Brennan .... boom operator
Paul Carr .... sound re-recording mixer
Thomas Causey .... sound mixer
Robert Farr .... sound re-recording mixer
John Fundus .... boom operator: New York (as John K. Fundus)
Richard Kite .... boom operator
Steve Maguire .... assistant foley editor
Dennis Maitland II .... sound mixer: New York
Andrew Melhuish .... assistant dialogue editor
Alan Paley .... dialogue editor
Peter Pennell .... sound editor
Bob Risk .... foley editor
Steve Scanlon .... cableman: New York (as Stephen Scanlon)
Bill Kates .... special sound designer (uncredited)
Tim Partridge .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Dennis Dion .... special effects supervisor
Edward Drohan .... special effects supervisor: New York
Robert E. McCarthy .... creative special effects consultant
Daniel Sudick .... special effects (as Dan Sudick)
Vincent Montefusco .... special effects: first unit mech/PT, Los Angeles (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
William Cruse .... visual effects
Allen Blaisdell .... visual effects operator (uncredited)
Martin Body .... rostrum/optical cameraman (uncredited)
Nicholas Brooks .... lead compositor (uncredited)
Kent Houston .... visual effects (uncredited)
Tim Ollive .... optical effects (uncredited)
David Smith .... optical cameraman (uncredited)
Janet Brady .... stunts
Greg Brickman .... stunts
Jophery C. Brown .... stunts (as Jophrey Brown)
Loyd Catlett .... stunts (as Lloyd Catlett)
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunts (as Gilbert Combs)
Peter Corby .... stunts
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunts (as Jeff Dashnaw)
Andy Duppin .... stunts
J.B. Getzwiller .... stunts
Bonnie Happy .... stunts (as Bonnie Hock)
Chris Howell .... stunt coordinator
Rikke Kesten .... stunts
Harry Madsen .... stunts
Bennie Moore .... stunts
Julie Stone .... stunts
Bill Anagnos .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Steve Wolf .... stunt safety (uncredited)
Steve Wolf .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Ary .... electrical best boy
Patrick Bard .... grip (as Patrick Shaun Bard)
Roger Blauvelt .... best boy
Neil S. Buckhantz .... video assist operator
John Cambria .... second assistant camera: New York
John Clifford .... still photographer
Ken Connors .... chief lighting technician: New York (as Kenneth R. Connors)
Robert Connors .... rigging gaffer: New York (as Robert G. Connors)
R. Michael De Chellis .... lighting technician (as R. Michael Dechellis)
Marty W. Eichmann .... key grip (as Marty Eichmann)
Johnathan Ercole .... first assistant camera: New York (as Jonathan T. Ercole)
James W. Finnerty .... grip: New York (as Jimmy Finnerty Jr.)
Antonio V. Garrido .... dolly grip
Steve Gilbert .... dolly grip
Johnny Gutierrez .... lighting technician (as John Gutierrez)
Craig Haagensen .... camera operator
Stephen V. Isbell .... best boy grip
Thomas Jirgal .... second grip: New York (as Thomas J. Jirgal)
Ron Kunecke .... lighting technician: musco light
Richard Mader Jr. .... video assist operator: New York
Mike Miller .... key grip: New York (as Michael Miller)
Robert Miller .... grip: New York
Nicholas J. Musuraca .... first assistant camera (as Nicholas J. Masuraca)
Andrew M. Nelson .... rigging gaffer (as Andy Nelson)
James Plannette .... chief lighting technician
William R. Taylor .... grip
Stephen Vaughan .... still photographer
Greg Walters .... second assistant camera (as Gregory D. Walters)
Chuck Whelan .... second assistant camera
Paul David Williams .... grip
Michael Cambria .... camera loader (uncredited)
Simon Jayes .... crane operator: Technocrane (uncredited)
Kyle T. MacDowell .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Aslihan Coker .... casting assistant
Todd Thaler .... extras casting: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Gierczak .... costumer: New York (as Mary Coleman-Gierczak)
Keith Greco .... costume designer: Red Knight
Joie Hutchinson .... costume supervisor
Vincent Jefferds .... costume designer: Red Knight
Rainer Judd .... wardrobe assistant
Barbara Slade .... wardrobe assistant
Randy Starck .... assistant costume supervisor
Linda Taylor .... costumer (as Linda Louise Taylor)
Editorial Department
Tristan M. Brighty .... apprentice film editor: USA (as Tristan Brighty)
Tullio Brunt .... second assistant film editor
Jeremy Hume .... assistant film editor
Ed Stabile .... assistant film editor: USA (as Edward Stabile)
Tara Timpone .... assistant film editor: USA
Steve Maguire .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Mark A. Baker .... location manager: New York
William Bowling .... location manager (as Bill Bowling)
Lawrence P. Ganem .... assistant location manager: New York
James R. Maceo .... assistant location manager
Ann F. Markel .... assistant location manager: New York
Music Department
Jeff Atmajian .... additional orchestrator
Ray Cooper .... music consultant
Keith Grant .... music scoring mixer
Kevin Lane .... music editor
Gerry O'Riordan .... music scoring mixer (as Gerry O'Riorden)
Simon Smart .... music scoring mixer
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin (uncredited)
George Fenton .... conductor (uncredited)
George Fenton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
John Leonidas .... transportation captain: New York
Wayne Roberts .... transportation captain (as James W. Roberts)
Edward F. Voelker .... transportation coordinator
Bobby Marsh .... driver (uncredited)
John Sellars .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Chris Allies .... title designer
Tristan Paris Bourne .... production assistant: New York (as Tristan Bourne)
Jeanne Brennan .... production secretary: New York (as Jeanne Chrzanowski)
Stephen Bridgewater .... consultant: DJ
Pierre Caillieriac .... production assistant: New York (as Pierre Cailliarec)
Todd M. Camhe .... production assistant: New York
Veronica Claypool .... assistant accountant
Pam Cornfeld-Walker .... production coordinator (as Pam Cornfeld)
Mark Galley .... production assistant
Patrick Garrison .... production assistant: New York (as Patrick D. Garrison)
Maureen Garvey .... production assistant: New York
Valencia Giacco .... assistant: Debra Hill
Robin Horness .... choreographer
T.R. Jones .... production assistant (as Tr Jones)
Kathleen Bridget Kelly .... production assistant: New York (as Kathleen Kelly)
Travis Keyes .... production assistant
Barbara Lampson .... production assistant
James Latta .... stage manager (Pacific Electric Building)
Timothy C. Lee .... production assistant: New York
Mark J. Levenstein .... assistant production accountant: New York (as Mark J. Levenstein)
Amy Love .... production assistant
Jason Mark .... production assistant: New York
Jackie Martin .... production office coordinator: New York
Gary McCarthy .... assistant accountant (as Gary McCarthy Jr.)
Nicole Miller .... production assistant
Margaret Mitchell .... production accountant (as Margaret A. Mitchell)
Desiree Perri .... assistant production accountant: New York
Susan Pile .... publicist
Nancy Platt Jacoby .... news report supervisor
Mark Rhodes .... additional location manager: New York (as Mark L. Rhodes)
Barry Rosenbush .... special projects
Carrie Rudolf .... production assistant: New York
John Rybacki .... production assistant: New York
Jessica Sher .... artwork donator
Sy Sher .... artwork donator
Sharyn Shimada-Huggins .... production secretary (as Sharyn Shimada)
Ellie Smith .... production assistant
Yvette S. Taylor .... assistant: Terry Gilliam
Adrian Thomas .... synthesizer programmer
Marion Tumen .... script supervisor
Michael Viglietta .... production assistant
Carmen B. Weets .... assistant: Lynda Obst
Ann Weiss-LaGravenese .... assistant: Anthony Mark
Douglas J. White .... animal colorist
Marsha Garces Williams .... assistant: Robin Williams (as Marsha Williams)
James Zoppe .... horse owner
James Zoppe .... horse trainer
Jack Holland .... production assistant (uncredited)
Wendell Morris .... production assistant (uncredited)
Courtney Pakiz .... stand-in: Ammanda Plummer (uncredited)
Kevin Phelan .... cutting room manager: Prominent Studios, London (uncredited)
Kevin Phelan .... unit projectionist: Prominent Studios, London (uncredited)
Todd Rathner .... production assistant (uncredited)
Nicholas Wolfert .... production assistant (uncredited) (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language and violence
137 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: (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 »
Parry:I'm surprised some man just doesn't come in here and snatch you up all for themselves.
Anne Napolitano:*You're* surprised?
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36 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Coming From A Completely Different Direction Than Any Film Remotely Like It, 7 June 2007
Author: jzappa from Cincinnati, OH, United States

The Fisher King can be viewed as an oddball dramedy like several others during one's initial viewing, but then suddenly you're struck by the hallucinations of Robin Williams's character, namely the sight of the large, outlandish, scorching red figure of a demonic knight coming to kill him. Things like this seem at once to throw the film out of balance a little bit, like the film is making a straight line and suddenly makes a sharp and brief stab upward, and then back down to continue the line in the straight way it was before. One has to think about The Fisher King and realize just how largely, outlandishly, scorchingly different it is. Think about this plot when you're watching the film. You'll realize how well it modestly unravels instead of contriving itself to mystify us. The filmmakers show no ego and are not interested in impressing themselves. They are telling their vivid, dynamic story the way good films are made. The story is just completely fresh and new. And with that in mind, thinking outside the box along with Terry Gilliam and Richard LaGravanese, one shouldn't even think of the brief sporadic fantasies the film splashes at us here and there as anything so jolting.

Jeff Bridges turns in a fantastic, despicably likable performance. I say this not so much because I believe he has a universal effect on anyone who understands or enjoys the movie. I say this more because I related to him greatly. I felt like his character was very familiar with his self-centered angst, bitterness lathered on top, an emotional and sexual nature quite like mine, and frankly the performance in a serious relationship quite like mine. Bridges, who I have always thought of as a very good actor, has my kudos for understanding to the point of successful portrayal a type of person who is rarely completely understood.

Robin Williams, constantly underrated at this point for his self-indulgent bombast and personally difficult, nonstop communication of his sense of humor, is proved in this, as well as several other films I could mention, that he has true talent and feels his characters to the very core and projects as such. It is not and never has been right to reduce judgment upon him to surprisingly shameless look-at-me-fests like Mrs. Doubtfire, Patch Adams, and Good Morning, Vietnam, because he has always been tremendously capable. Above all, I think he is an actor whose work is founded upon intuition. He communicates his physical and psychological portrayal by emotional understanding and deep feeling. When you watch this film, do you not have that clutching grip upon his character's pain? Are you not taking that journey face to face with him?

Mercedes Ruehl is not a token here. She is not just the voluptuous Brooklyn Jew girlfriend who nags, criticizes men, and makes dinner the whole time. That is the way her character lays out, because that is the path the emotional position of her presence in the story leads. She is perhaps the strongest, most decisive, and understanding person of all four main characters, and believably so. She is also very sexy and very natural. Take the scene with her and Bridges stumbling with laughter down the street after the dinner scene. She is quite real in a scene that with many other players would've been annoyingly not so.

Amanda Plummer is a sad portrait of a very realistic person, ironically enough in a film that is greatly surreal. She is the lone wolf that drifts through life, crippled by a complete lack of self-assurance and with age has become extremely used to it. Plummer's rich, seldom screen time is great, very wise acting. When she is suddenly accosted by the attention and adoration of these other three people, she reacts, and I feel like I know many people who would react the same way.

The Fisher King is in my opinion the first great film Terry Gilliam ever made. He had never made a bad film before this one, but this is the film that really made me connect. It's filled with emotional understanding of the human condition and a parallel story and cinematic style that are so acutely unique and naturally offbeat. It is among the definitive Gilliam films. Perhaps the click that sounded off for a truly effective film came with the connection of very similar, very compatible perspectives between the writer and the director. It's a determined, forceful, emotional, passionate, and secretive movie.

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