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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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Terry Gilliam
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 38 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Jack
Adam Bryant Adam Bryant ... Radio Engineer
Paul Lombardi Paul Lombardi ... Radio Engineer
David Hyde Pierce ... Lou Rosen (as David Pierce)
Ted Ross ... Limo Bum
Lara Harris ... Sondra
Warren Olney Warren Olney ... TV Anchorman
Frazer Smith Frazer Smith ... News Reporter
Mercedes Ruehl ... Anne
Kathy Najimy ... Crazed Video Customer
Harry Shearer ... Sitcom Actor Ben Starr
Melinda Culea ... Sitcom Wife
James Remini James Remini ... Bum at Hotel
Mark Bowden Mark Bowden ... Doorman
John Ottavino John Ottavino ... Father at Hotel
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Storyline

Jack Lucas was once a famous, arrogant and egotistical New York City call-in radio talk show host. Largely self-inflicted due to remorse and grief, Jack goes on a quick downward spiral, both personally and professionally, after a glib comment he makes to one of his regular callers results in that caller going on a murder spree. Three years later, the only emotional and financial support a despondent Jack receives is from his current video store owning girlfriend, Anne. When Jack hits rock bottom, he meets a seemingly crazy and homeless man calling himself Parry. Parry does have mental health issues, namely hallucinations centered around the story of the Fisher King, which is why he has an obsession with obtaining the Holy Grail. When Jack learns of Parry's own background and the reason he got to where he is, Jack feels he needs to be part of Parry's salvation. He figures the way to do so is to connect Parry with Lydia Sinclair, a shy and uncoordinated woman who Parry loves from afar. ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

A Modern Day Tale About The Search For Love, Sanity, Ethel Merman And The Holy Grail. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The Red Knight costume was fashioned out of latex over leather and urethane, with the helmet cast in aluminum and fireproofed. The "pennants" on the armor were made from Chinese silk, fishing poles and dune buggy antennae. The suit weighed approximately 125-150 pounds and was entirely self-contained: it was padded to protect stuntman Chris Howell in the event of a fall, and could have ice packs placed inside to keep Howell cool. Fire and smoke effects were controlled by Howell via buttons on the knight's lance. Propane tanks fueling the helmet's fire bursts were hidden in the horse's saddle, along with oxygen tanks for Howell's breathing apparatus (hidden in the helmet along with a two-way radio). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Anne Napolitano: Have another one, Jack. It's on the house... just like everything else.
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Soundtracks

Hit The Road Jack
Written by Percy Mayfield
Performed by Ray Charles
Courtesy of Ray Charles Enterprises, Inc.
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A film of power, substance and poetry
5 August 1999 | by CarolCCSee all my reviews

I recently saw this movie again. (actually I felt compelled to buy it at a video sale). I have always loved it and I continue to be moved by it. The story has such a romantic and poetic quality. It examines the nature of redemption born, not out of guilt and obligation, but out of a truly selfless act of love for another person. The film rivals "The Shawshank Redemption" in its vision of the triumph of the human spirit, and the elements of fantasy are absolutely breathtaking, especially the scene in Grand Central Station. Definitely one of Robin Williams' most moving performances.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$311,662, 22 September 1991

Gross USA:

$41,895,491

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,895,491
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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