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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 & 37 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

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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Some called him a hero. Some called him the most dangerous man in America See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$41,895,491
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

After the double date dinner when Ann and Jack are walking back to her apartment above the video store, you can see a storefront whose marquee says the address is on Ann Street. The Video Spot t-shirts proclaims the store to be on Duane Street. See more »

Quotes

Anne Napolitano: You disappear, I'm worried sick! All I do is stay home and cook like a jerk!
[camera pulls back, she's alone]
Anne Napolitano: He's a son of a bitch.
[starts crying]
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Connections

Referenced in Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Obscene and Not Heard (1991) See more »

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Written by Stephen Sondheim & Jule Styne
Performed by Michael Jeter (uncredited)
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Wow! Sooooooooo overlooked. A mini-masterpiece
6 May 2005 | by mtnhiSee all my reviews

I've watched Robin Williams/Jeff Bridges in this "fairytale" more times than I count. Finally bought it. You have to watch it at least twice , in my opinion,because the first time all I could do was try to let it "settle in".

I love movies that hit me broadsided and then blind me! I keep trying to watch it with my daughter, who only likes love stories, but if I can keep her still long enough she'll find out that this IS a love story, of the most incredible kind. A love story for all mankind.

I hate to gush, but if it's ever called for, it's called for here.

The first time I saw it, I was soooooooo impressed with Mercedes Rhuel's performance and actually said to my friend in the theatre, "That woman's gonna get nominated for the Oscar for this performance", which of course she won for her performance. So, I'm not so unsophisticated after all.


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