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The Fisher King (1991)

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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Adam Bryant ...
Radio Engineer
Paul Lombardi ...
Radio Engineer
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Lou Rosen (as David Pierce)
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Limo Bum
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Sondra
Warren Olney ...
TV Anchorman
Frazer Smith ...
News Reporter
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Crazed Video Customer
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Sitcom Actor Ben Starr
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Sitcom Wife
James Remini ...
Bum at Hotel
Mark Bowden ...
Doorman
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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A Modern Day Tale About The Search For Love, Sanity, Ethel Merman And The Holy Grail. 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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$24,000,000 (estimated)

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$41,895,491 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The "castle" in New York is the façade of the Squadron A Armory, which is now part of the Hunter College Campus located at 94th and Madison Avenue. When Robin Williams tells the story of the Fisher King, he says, "I think I heard it at a lecture once... I don't know... (I think I heard it from) a professor at Hunter (College) " Before succumbing to his delusions, Parry was a professor of medieval history at Hunter College. See more »

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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

Parry: You have a great set of... dishes.
Anne Napolitano: Jack, he's trying to start a con-vuh-sation...
Jack Lucas: Then talk to him, he won't bite you.
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References And the Ship Sails On (1983) See more »

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I'm Sorry
Written by Ronnie Self & Dub Allbritten
Performed by Brenda Lee
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Robin Williams should have won an Oscar for this movie
20 June 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

"The Fisher King" is one of those movies that shows how, although we can't get over certain incidents, they may end up leading to our redemption. Jeff Bridges plays Jack Lucas, a New York radio talk show host. One day, he makes a mean remark to one of his listeners, and the listener murders some people. When it gets reported that the man had done this after a remark by Lucas, Jack knows that his career is over, but also realizes how he has been affecting people.

Some years later, Jack is wondering the streets and meets Parry (Robin Williams), a homeless man whose mind is gone. Parry believes Jack to be a sort of hero and Jack can't get him to think otherwise. So, the two accompany each other from then on.

Probably the movie's most interesting aspect was how director Terry Gilliam shows what is happening in Parry's imagination, contrasting it with reality. The Red Knight and Holy Grail make for some unusual scenes. This may be Robin Williams' best performance ever.


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