Fishing with John (1991)

TV Mini-Series  -   -  Documentary | Comedy | Sport
8.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.1/10 from 953 users  
Reviews: 22 user | 12 critic

Musician John Lurie knows nothing about fishing, but that doesn't stop him from embarking on fishing in exotic locations with friends.

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street

Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street Debut's Today!


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 43 titles
created 20 Feb 2011
 
a list of 23 titles
created 27 Sep 2012
 
a list of 29 titles
created 24 Mar 2013
 
a list of 29 titles
created 22 Sep 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Fishing with John (1991)

Fishing with John (1991) on IMDb 8.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Fishing with John.

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1991  

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Or shoulders a lot: she's 17 or 18, a student, works evenings at a restaurant, recycles cans and bottles for cash, and tries to keep her mother Ruthie from returning to streetwalking in Tel... See full summary »

Director: Keren Yedaya
Stars: Dana Ivgy, Ronit Elkabetz, Meshar Cohen
Only (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Tells the story of one day shared between a young boy and girl.

Directors: Simon Reynolds, Ingrid Veninger
Stars: Jacob Switzer, Elena Hudgins Lyle, Ingrid Veninger
Online (2006)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Douglas Spain
Stars: Stephanie Arellano, Danilo Castellano, Antonio Cervantes
Can (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young married couple live happily in Istanbul, but their decision to illegally procure a child threatens their future together.

Director: Rasit Çelikezer
Stars: Selen Uçer, Serdar Orçin, Yusuf Berkan Demirbag
Down by Law (1986)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The story of three different men in a Louisiana prison and their eventual journey.

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Stars: Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A film centering on the life and work of Ron Galella that examines the nature and effect of paparazzi.

Director: Leon Gast
Stars: Floyd Abrams, Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, Joseph Basile
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A self-styled New York hipster is paid a surprise visit by his younger cousin from Budapest. From initial hostility and indifference a small degree of affection grows between the two. Along... See full summary »

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Stars: John Lurie, Eszter Balint, Richard Edson
...Around (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A dark, dramatic comedy about making it in New York. From Jersey City to Penn Station, ...Around is about getting up to fall back down again.

Director: David Spaltro
Stars: Robert W. Evans, Molly Ryman, Marcel Torres
Process I (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: C.S. Leigh
Stars: Béatrice Dalle, Guillaume Depardieu, Julia Faure
Men in Orbit (1979)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: John Lurie
Stars: John Lurie, Michael McClard, Eric Mitchell
At (1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Ali Özgentürk
Stars: Bektas Altinok, Ýlhami Bekir, Erol Demiröz
To (2009)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Fumihiko Sori
Stars: Jun Fukuyama, Aya Hirano
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Himself (6 episodes, 1991)
...
 Theme Song Vocals (6 episodes, 1991)
Robb Webb ...
 Narrator (6 episodes, 1991)
Edit

Storyline

Musician John Lurie knows nothing about fishing, but that doesn't stop him from embarking on fishing in exotic locations with friends.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Not Rated
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1991 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

John Lurie originality wanted to use his friend Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea for the episode filmed in Costa Rica instead of actor Matt Dillon. But the Japanese producers that financed the series pressured Lurie into using Dillon because he was a bigger name celebrity. According to the audio commentary on the Criterion DVD, Lurie had only met Dillon once or twice before filming which explains why they are not as talkative with each other as Lurie is with the other guests. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: The fishermen wake up excited to be alive. They hope for good weather and good luck. Both fisherman are covered with sores and boners.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Urban fisherman forever changes format of fishing shows
21 May 2000 | by (Bellingham) – See all my reviews

I'm not sure how "Fishing with John" on DVD ended up in the house--probably my college senior daughter--or why we eventually put it in the DVD player, but some good things happen by chance. Slow-moving but funny enough to keep you awake, this "TV series" (financed by Japanese money and reportedly a big hit in Japan) hooks you good. The narrator is very funny. On Lon, the Thailand fishing guide, "Lon's legs are made of wood, but his feet are real!" Faced with a choice of hours of entertaining Dennis Hopper stories or slow-moving footage of the two of them fishing, Lurie chose the fishing. Right choice. This is a fishing show after all.

Lurie's commentaries add much--I missed the cow and pig noises on the sound track of the long shark fight in Episode 1 (they land a 12' tiger shark).

It is tempting to label Lurie's 1991 and 1992 humor as early Tom Green, but Lurie is on a different level. I am not sure the show would work as well with guests more different from Lurie (though Matt Dillon, chosen by the Japanese backers, does not fit the mold), but the guests often do not seem to be enjoying themselves. In the commentary, Lurie says he is afraid that if the skipper of the shark boat, a real fisherman who never appears on camera visually or by voice, ever sees the show "He will beat me up." His guest on Episode 2, Tom Waits, would not talk to Lurie for 2 years after filming and has never seen the show. Yet later guests Dillon and Hopper saw the completed first two episodes, loved them, agreed to come on the show, and had more or less the same things happen to them (though Hopper clearly had fun). Fishing is fishing. Sometimes the scenery compensates for all else.

Stumbling across this "TV series" on real broadcast TV would be a life-changing experience. On DVD, it is a memorable keepsake.


12 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Props to Willem! reckoner47
The ep. with Matt Dillon sucked... dreaddi
Lurie sort of a jerk? RoyBattyJr
'Why Am I Here?' voss76
New series skeletondance
Definately a must see. anaisme
Discuss Fishing with John (1991) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?