The Fisher King

The Fisher King

DVD - 2015
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Parry is a homeless history professor who lives in a fantasy world full of castles, Red Knights, and damsels in distress. Jack is New York's number one shock deejay, until the day his off-hand arrogance triggers a tragedy that ruins his career. Penniless and without prospects, Jack finds himself plucked from disaster by the most improbable of saviors, Parry.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, [2015]
Edition: Director-approved tw0-DVD special edition
Copyright Date: ©1991
Branch Call Number: FIS
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (138 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
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eusebius
Nov 28, 2020

It looks good: Criterion have done their usual excellent job of spruicing up a 30 year old movie. Terry Gilliam will never be my idea of a great director (I walked out of Brazil, didn't bother to see Munchausen) because of his piling of effect upon effect, Hellzapoppin style. I believe in the Bridges-Ruehl tandem, because the actors were so good, but Williams-Plummer will always be a deep mystery to me. Robin Williams with his "you want to like me, don't you? I'll make you like me" has always been tiresome for me, while Amanda Plummer's performances are always so eccentric I can't get into them. The movie is hectic too often, composed too seldom.

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RayBlanch
Dec 16, 2019

A classic movie IMHO. Gives to that saying "comedians can make the best actors". Kids today won't fully get this movie, it's over their heads. It's a tragedy, and love story, yet more strange than both, of losing ones loved one, seeking another, even inventing it out of desire to be so, love of ones self over others and failing to love the one we're with. The scene where he follows her through the train station, and all around the people swirl in dancing pairs, is film making classic. Perhaps today seen a little bit over acted, but not more than we view previous genre period movies as so.

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absentminded
Feb 23, 2019

This movie is beautiful.
One of my favorite movies.
It's funny, it's tragic, it's scary.
It shows how friendship and love can develop from the most unexpected circumstances.
Jeff Bridges & Robin Williams became my favorite actors after watching this movie.
Although, every actor gave a wonderful performance.
I loved every moment of the film. You'll laugh and cry from the most awful sadness in the movie to the most hilarious comedy. You will probably be on the edge of your seat at times. I think it's one of the best movies ever made.

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ManMachine
Aug 16, 2018

With "The Fisher King", director, Terry Gilliam juxtaposes into its story the 2 key elements of Arthurian mythology and modern-day decay.

One would surely think that these 2 components injected into the story-telling would be perfectly complimentary to one another. But, sadly enough, it's all deception.

For, alas, every interesting thought fused into The Fisher King's story is utterly ruined by the gross miscasting of Jeff Bridges, as the Radio Shock Jock, and Robin Williams, as the homeless man suffering from dementia.

"The Fisher King" is a lop-sided, rickety, old story that asserts the patently unrealistic stance that says that insanity is truly a wonderful place to be. Its contrived notion that the homeless are all a bunch of mischievous, little "knights-of-adventure" is downright preposterous and ridiculous.

Believe me - The Fisher King's story wears unbearably thin, real fast. So, let's face it - It's Three Strikes, and you're OUT!! with "The Fisher King". Yep. This one is a real loser.

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CurlyWhirly
Aug 16, 2018

This is an awful movie. Both Bridges and Williams stink in their roles.

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RainbowRabbit
Nov 01, 2016

More than a little offbeat, I did not know how to take this film at first. This was not a glamorous film, although it did romanticize the down-and-out side of NYC. The DVD extras helped me to appreciate the film more in retrospect. The movie was likely brought to DVD again because of the death of Robin Williams and the link with mental illness, which touched his character here. However, his co-stars were no slouches. Mercedes Ruehl won an Oscar for her acting, which anchored this film in reality, although it threatened to veer off a couple of times into fantasy, but never quite did. The surprise for me was Jeff Bridges, whose acting I came to respect even more.

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BritCrimeDramaFan
Oct 05, 2016

An excellent film, and a tour-de-force for Robin Williams. Is it true to life? Not necessarily, but brings out a lot of issues about homelessness, even today. Well worth seeing, if a little on long side.

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Regan_12
Apr 14, 2016

I love this film. A little off-beat, both main characters deal with the hardship of tragedy. Both experiencing PTSD.. Williams also suffers episodes of severe psychosis and is homeless. Somehow they help each other. The film rides on humour, realism, love and sacrifice. Mercedes Ruehl is fabulous.

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Keogh
Mar 29, 2016

A tremendously effective character study from the imaginative Terry Gilliam. This tale of two men with a common tragedy in their past is not for everyone, as a shock jock is brought down as fallout of his actions. His encounter with a homeless man, shattered by the same incident, comes to change his life. Bridges and Williams give outstanding performances.

blooper Aug 19, 2015

The dance scene in Grand Central is a must see.

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Regan_12
Apr 14, 2016

Other: Be prepared to see some behaviour that would indicate mental illness.. including possible Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, Depression, Anxiety, Psychoses, Schizophrenia, Dissociative Fugue, Co-dependency, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Avoidant Personality Disorder, and substance abuse.

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britprincess1
Jul 10, 2013

Violence: There is some violence throughout. There's a shooting and a stabbing, and blood splatters. Men get beat up also.

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britprincess1
Jul 10, 2013

Other: A small amount of cigarette smoking and drinking. Also, a man dresses up like a woman briefly.

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britprincess1
Jul 10, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The violent scenes may be frightening for some. Also, Gilliam's style is off-putting and may be too intense or oddball for some viewers.

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britprincess1
Jul 10, 2013

Sexual Content: Male buttocks and male full frontal nudity in one brief scene. There are shadows used to try to downplay the nudity and it is done tastefully, but you can definitely see some "stuff".

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britprincess1
Jul 10, 2013

Coarse Language: Eight utterances of the F-word and an array of other curses.

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bdls206
Mar 26, 2011

Jack Lucas: I don't mean to be flippant or to enrage you or anything, but you're a psychotic man.
Parry: I know.
Jack Lucas: A very nice psychotic man.
Parry: Thank you.

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bdls206
Mar 26, 2011

Parry: What do you think of the death penalty?
John the bum: Death is definitely a penalty! It ain't no fuckin' gift!

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bdls206
Mar 26, 2011

Parry: C'mon, Jack, what do you think the Crusades were? A Pope's publicity stunt?

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bdls206
Mar 26, 2011

Parry: I have a hard-on for you the size of Florida!

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bdls206
Mar 26, 2011

Jack Lucas: Did you lose your mind all at once, or was it a slow, gradual process?

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bdls206
Mar 26, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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bdls206
Mar 26, 2011

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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