Fisher King

The Fisher King

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Director: Terry Gilliam

Cast: Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges, Mercedes Ruehl

     
 

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Terry Gilliam directed this adaptation of Richard LaGravenese's mystical (and mythical) tale of redemption in the hard-time town of New York City. Jeff Bridges is shock radio DJ Jack Lucas, whose low opinion of humanity lends itself well to his radio talk show, where the enmity rubs off on his listeners. One fan in particular takes Jack's rants to heart and goes to a…  See more details below

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Terry Gilliam directed this adaptation of Richard LaGravenese's mystical (and mythical) tale of redemption in the hard-time town of New York City. Jeff Bridges is shock radio DJ Jack Lucas, whose low opinion of humanity lends itself well to his radio talk show, where the enmity rubs off on his listeners. One fan in particular takes Jack's rants to heart and goes to a fancy restaurant with a gun, murdering innocent diners. Jack is so distraught at what his on-air suggestion wrought that he sinks into a three-year depression, drinking himself to sleep and mooching off of his girlfriend Anne Napolitano (Mercedes Ruehl, in an Oscar-winning performance), an attractive owner of a video store. Hitting bottom, Jack slumps to the river, prepared to commit suicide. To his rescue comes a crazed but witty homeless man named Parry (Robin Williams), who tells Jack he's destined for great things -- all his has to do is find the Holy Grail (conveniently located in mid-town Manhattan) and save Parry's soul. He also wants Jack to help him out with the woman of his dreams, Lydia Sinclair (Amanda Plummer), a shy type who works at a publishing company. Parry was once a university professor became unglued by a tragic event in his past; Jack soon realizes that to save himself, he first must save Parry.

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The Fisher King offers a highly effective treatment of the time-honored themes of guilt, responsibility, and redemption. No one could say the film lacks in originality: There's enough tragedy, conflict, and Arthurian allusions in Richard LaGravenese's script for several films. Though the seams occasionally show, Terry Gilliam's inventive, sprightly direction smoothes over some of the material's more glaring rough spots. His fingerprints are all over the film, particularly in the surreal scene that transforms Grand Central Station into a dance hall. Gilliam is aided considerably by convincing turns from Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, and Mercedes Ruehl, who won an Oscar. Though it may be overly ambitious, The Fisher King proves to be a rich, satisfying mix of humor, fantasy, and emotion.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/2010
UPC:
0014381682229
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
R
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:17:00
Sales rank:
3,629

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robin Williams Parry
Jeff Bridges Jack Lucas
Mercedes Ruehl Anne Napolitano
Amanda Plummer Lydia Sinclair
Michael Jeter Homeless Cabaret Singer
Adam Bryant Radio Engineer
Paul Lombardi Radio Engineer
David Hyde Pierce Lou Rosen
Harry Shearer Ben Starr
Mel Bourne Carmichael
Howard Feuer Actor
William Jay Marshall Jamaican Bum
Ted Ross Limo Bum
Lara Harris Sondra
Warren Olney TV Anchorman
Frazer Smith News Reporter
Melinda Culea Sitcom Wife
James Remini Bum at Hotel
Mark Bowden Doorman
John Ottavino Father at Hotel
Brian Michaels Little Boy
Jayce Bartok First Punk
Dan Futterman Second Punk
Bradley Gregg Hippie Bum
William Preston John the Bum
Al Fann Superintendent
Stephen Bridgewater Porno Customer
John Heffernan Stockbroker Bum
Chris Howell Red Knight
Richard LaGravenese Strait Jacket Yuppie
Anita Dangler Bag Lady
Mark Bringelson Drooler
Johnny Paganelli Pizza Boy
Diane Robin Receptionist
John Benjamin Red Motorcyclist
Lisa Blades Parry's WIfe
Christian Clemenson Edwin
Carlos Carrasco Doctor
Joe Jamrog Guard
John de Lancie TV Executive
Lou Hancock Nurse
Caroline Cromelin Radio Show Call-In
Kathleen Bridget Kelly Radio Show Call-In
Patrick Fraley Radio Show Call-In
Tom Waits Disabled Veteran
Kathy Najimy Crazed Video Customer

Technical Credits
Terry Gilliam Director
Mel Bourne Production Designer
Cindy Carr Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
George Fenton Score Composer
Craig Haagensen Camera Operator
Rick Heinrichs Set Decoration/Design
Debra Hill Producer
Chris Howell Stunts
P. Michael Johnston Art Director
Richard LaGravenese Screenwriter
Anthony Mark Associate Producer
Lynda Obst Producer
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor Costumes/Costume Designer
Roger Pratt Cinematographer
Stacey Sher Associate Producer
Lesley Walker Editor

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Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
0. Menu Group #1 with 28 chapter(s) covering 02:17:32
1. Start [9:02]
2. Three years later [8:11]
3. Bridge punks [5:13]
4. "You're the one." [6:57]
5. The tragedy [2:28]
6. Religious beliefs [2:10]
7. Back at Parry's [3:40]
8. Following a vision [8:16]
9. The Red Knight [6:43]
10. Grand Central Station [4:27]
11. Dinner for one [:35]
12. Cloudbusting [1:54]
13. The Fisher King [4:49]
14. Helping Parry [2:50]
15. Contest winner [4:33]
16. At Video Spot [12:30]
17. Dinner invitations [2:54]
18. Chinese restaurant [5:57]
19. 30-second Breakup [5:07]
20. Flashbacks [3:38]
21. Feeling good [6:11]
22. At the hospital [2:27]
23. Back on the air [3:18]
24. Visiting Parry [9:39]
25. Taking the Grail [2:04]
26. Bargain fulfilled [2:38]
27. "How About You." [1:47]
28. "I love you." [7:20]

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