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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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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A good, old-fashioned story of guilt, poverty, love, madness and free video club membership. (vv) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

One of the men who attacks Jeff Bridges early in the film is played by Dan Futterman, who plays Robin Williams' son in The Birdcage (1996). See more »

Goofs

(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 »

Quotes

Parry: Mendacity!
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Connections

Featured in Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

I Wish I Knew
Written by Harry Warren & Mack Gordon
Performed by John Coltrane
Courtesy of MCA Records
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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:

The Fisher King See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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