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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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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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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 »

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

Gross USA:

$41,895,491

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,895,491
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

For the "waltzing commuter" scene in Grand Central station, the main hall of the terminal was shut down for the shoot from 8pm until the first commuter trains arrived at 5:30 am the next morning. Lighting effects outside of the large terminal windows made it seem to be 5:00 in the evening the entire night, and over 400 extras waltzed around the mirror-ball topped Information Booth again and again throughout the night. Now, on New Year's, an orchestra plays there and people waltz for real. 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

Jack Lucas: I'm talking to the little people!
Parry: Are they here?
Jack Lucas: They're saying, "Jack, go to the liquor store and findeth the Jack of Daniels so that ye may be shitfaced, doo-lang, doo-LANG!"
Parry: Are they really saying that?
Jack Lucas: [shouts] You're out of your fucking mind!
Parry: [happily] Bingo!
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Connections

References California Suite (1978) See more »

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Lydia The Tattooed Lady
Written by E.Y. Harburg & Harold Arlen
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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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