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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack
Adam Bryant ... Radio Engineer
Paul Lombardi ... Radio Engineer
... Lou Rosen (as David Pierce)
... Limo Bum
... Sondra
Warren Olney ... TV Anchorman
Frazer Smith ... News Reporter
... Anne
... Crazed Video Customer
... Sitcom Actor Ben Starr
... Sitcom Wife
James Remini ... Bum at Hotel
Mark Bowden ... Doorman
John Ottavino ... Father at Hotel
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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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A good, old-fashioned story of guilt, poverty, love, madness and free video club membership. (vv) See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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27 September 1991 (USA)  »

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Fisher King  »

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Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$311,662, 22 September 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$41,895,491
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Parry blinks when Jack is yelling at him in the hospital. If Parry is catatonic he shouldn't be able to blink. See more »

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Parry: You can't be in here.
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References The Jolson Story (1946) See more »

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This movie should be on everyone's "must-see" list
23 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

A touching yet humorous tale, THE FISHER KING brings together amongst the best performances given by Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges, as well as Terry Gilliam's finest directorial effort. Solid supporting performances by Amanda Plummer and Mercedes Ruehl round out a great film that ranks among my personal favorites.

Bridges portrays an arrogant radio shock-jock, who's big mouth and flippant comments send a disturbed listener on a murderous rampage, thus ending his career. Enter Ruehl as his new enabler girlfriend, waiting patiently for him to drag himself up from the dregs, hoping to catch a ride to the top. Just when Bridges seems to have hit rock bottom, he encounters Williams, a crazed vagrant who thinks he is a knight in shining armor.

What ensues is a tale of remorse, redemption and rebirth which is made all the more magical by Gilliam's magnificent vision. Most notable is a scene which takes place in Grand Central Station where the hustle and bustle of the busy commuters dissolves into a spectacular waltz as Williams follows Plummer, the woman of his dreams. Gilliam's style makes Williams delusions come alive as the character makes the slow journey from trauma-induced insanity to stark, yet hopeful, reality.

Every character in this film undergoes a metamorphosis, each learning from the others along the transformation. It is a beautiful film to watch, and an achievement to all involved that subject matter of such depth can come across with such humor and with such beauty.


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