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The Fisher King

The Fisher King poster
Directed by Terry Gilliam
Produced by Debra Hill
Lynda Obst
Written by Richard LaGravenese
Starring Jeff Bridges
Robin Williams
Mercedes Ruehl
Amanda Plummer
Michael Jeter
Music by George Fenton
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release date(s) September 20, 1991 (USA)
Running time 137 min.
Language English
Budget $24,000,000 US (est.)
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The Fisher King is a comedy-drama film made in 1991, written by Richard LaGravenese and directed by Terry Gilliam. It starred Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, Mercedes Ruehl, Amanda Plummer and Michael Jeter. The film is about a radio shock-jock who tries to find redemption by helping a homeless man whose life he inadvertently shattered. Image File history File links The_Fisher_King_Poster. ... Terrence Vance Gilliam (born November 22, 1940) is an American-born British filmmaker, animator, and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ... Debra Hill (November 10, 1950–March 7, 2005) was an American screenwriter and film producer who co-wrote the horror movie Halloween. ... Richard LaGravenese is an American screenwriter and ocassional film director, born October 30, 1959 in Brooklyn, New York. ... Jeffrey Leon Bridges (born December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... Robin McLaurin Williams (born July 21, 1951 or 1952)[1] is an Academy Award-winning American actor and comedian. ... Mercedes Ruehl (born February 28, 1948) is an Academy Award-winning United States theater and film actress. ... Amanda Michael Plummer (born March 23, 1957 in New York, New York) is an Emmy and Tony Award-winning American actress. ... Michael Jeter starring as Eduard Delacroix in The Green Mile. ... George Fenton George Fenton (born October 19, 1950) is a British composer best known for his work writing film scores and music for television, although he also writes music for the theatre. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... September 20 is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... // April 28 - Bonnie Raitt marries actor Michael Noonan OKeefe in New York Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation is made. ... Richard LaGravenese is an American screenwriter and ocassional film director, born October 30, 1959 in Brooklyn, New York. ... Terrence Vance Gilliam (born November 22, 1940) is an American-born British filmmaker, animator, and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ... Jeffrey Leon Bridges (born December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... Robin McLaurin Williams (born July 21, 1951 or 1952)[1] is an Academy Award-winning American actor and comedian. ... Mercedes Ruehl (born February 28, 1948) is an Academy Award-winning United States theater and film actress. ... Amanda Michael Plummer (born March 23, 1957 in New York, New York) is an Emmy and Tony Award-winning American actress. ... Michael Jeter starring as Eduard Delacroix in The Green Mile. ... A shock jock is a slang term used to describe a type of radio broadcaster (sometimes a disc jockey) who attracts attention using humor that a significant portion of the listening audience may find offensive. ... A homeless man pushes a cart down the street. ...


Peter Travers, of Rolling Stone magazine, wrote that the film 'sweeps you up on waves of humor, heartbreak and ravishing romance'. Other reviewers commented on its 'industrial-strength whimsy'. Peter Travers is the film critic and music critic for Rolling Stone. ... This article is about the magazine. ...

Contents

Plot

Jack Lucas, a cynical, arrogant shock jock talk radio host (Jeff Bridges), becomes suicidally despondent after his on-air comments inadvertently prompt a psychotic caller to commit multiple murders at a popular bar. Three years later, while heavily intoxicated and depressed, he attempts to commit suicide. But before he can do so, he is mistaken for a homeless person and is attacked and almost set on fire by ruffians. He is rescued by Parry (Robin Williams), a deluded homeless man who is on a mission to find the Holy Grail, and tries to convince Lucas to help him. Lucas is initially reluctant, but comes to feel responsible for Parry when he learns that the man's condition is a result of witnessing his wife's horrific murder at the hands of Lucas's psychotic caller. A shock jock is a slang term used to describe a type of radio broadcaster (sometimes a disk jockey) who attracts attention using humor that a significant portion of the listening audience may find offensive. ... Talk radio is a radio format which features discussion of topical issues. ... This article deals with mass killings which are not considered genocide. ... For historical artifacts associated with the cup of the Last Supper, see Holy Chalice. ...


The title refers to the legend of the Fisher King, a form of which Parry recounts to Lucas. The legend varies, but all iterations possess three elements: the Fisher King was charged by God with guarding the Holy Grail, but later incurred some form of incapacitating physical punishment for his sin of pride, and had to wait for someone to deliver him from his suffering (usually Percival). Echoes of the legend recur throughout the film, but in a continually shifting manner, so that it sometimes appears that Lucas is Percival to Parry's Fisher King, sometimes vice versa, and sometimes that one or the other is re-enacting part of the story with another character (most obviously in Parry's self-assigned quest to obtain the Grail from the man he believes is its guardian). This article is about the Fisher King from Arthurian legend. ... Percival or Perceval is one of King Arthurs legendary Knights of the Round Table. ...


Themes

A central theme of the film, playing on the grail motif, is grace and forgiveness. Jack's signature line in his potential sitcom is "forgive me," which he is constantly repeating but can't get right. Parry is seeking the Holy Grail, which held the wine of the Last Supper and, at the crucifixion, its theological equivalent, the blood of Christ - the very source of grace and forgiveness. The Red Knight figment that Parry sees around New York seems to represent Parry's fears from both his former life as a medieval history professor, his time in the mental institution and his current life as a homeless dreamer on the street, all of which send him into a catatonic state. (The Red Knight could also represent the image of Parry's wife dying in front of him. She was shot in the back of the head with a shotgun while facing him.) The Last Supper was the last meal Jesus shared with his apostles before his death. ... Crucifixion is an ancient method of execution, where the condemned was tied or nailed to a large wooden cross and left to hang until dead. ...


Tagline: 'A Modern Day Tale About The Search For Love, Sanity, Ethel Merman And The Holy Grail.'


Production

According to Gilliam's episode of The Directors (which is available on the 2-Disc DVD for Gilliam's film Time Bandits), he wanted to do the film because he was tired of doing big budget special effects films, such as his previous film The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, which went over budget and cost over 45 million dollars, nearly twice as much as King's budget of 24 million. Time Bandits (first released on July 13, 1981) is a fantasy film, produced and directed by Terry Gilliam (who created animations for Monty Pythons Flying Circus). ... The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is a 1988 film directed by Terry Gilliam, starring John Neville (as the Baron), Sarah Polley, Eric Idle, Jonathan Pryce, Oliver Reed, Uma Thurman, Robin Williams and a great many more. ...


Also, according to the Directors episode, Gilliam came up with the scene where Robin Williams and Amanda Plummer meet during a huge waltz in the middle of Grand Central Station, because he felt the scene LaGravense had written (which had a large group of people in a crowded subway listen to a homeless black woman sing with a beautiful voice) wasn't working. He was at first hesitant about this because his original intentions were to just shoot the script and that the waltz would make it "a Terry Gilliam film". The scene was shot in one night with some professional extras and others just passengers getting off the train. The clock in the Main Concourse © 2004 Metropolitan Transportation Authority Grand Central Terminal (often still called Grand Central Station, although technically that is the name of the nearby post office) is a train station at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, New York, a borough of New York City, located...


The film cost $24 Million to make. Box Office revenue was approximately $42 Million.[1]


Trivia

  • This was the first film Terry Gilliam directed in which he was not involved in writing the screenplay.
  • It was also Gilliam's first film not to feature any other members of Monty Python.
  • It is his second film involving the Holy Grail, the first being Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • Matt Wong of the ska-punk band Reel Big Fish has stated that the band were all fans & intended to name themselves after the film, only settling on the name Reel Big Fish until they "thought of something better."
  • "The Fisher King" is also the name of an episode of America Drama series Criminal Minds. There is no connection.
  • The singer Tom Waits has a small uncredited role as a disabled veteran

Terrence Vance Gilliam (born November 22, 1940) is an American-born British filmmaker, animator, and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Monty Python, or The Pythons, is the collective name of the creators of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. ... For historical artifacts associated with the cup of the Last Supper, see Holy Chalice. ... Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a film released in 1975. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Criminal Minds is a crime drama that premiered on CBS on September 22, 2005. ...

Awards

// The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Best Actor is one of the awards given to actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Awards are the oldest awards ceremony for achievements in motion pictures. ... As defined by Rule Sixteen of the Academy Awards Rules, the Academy Award for Original Music Score is presented to the best substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. ... George Fenton George Fenton (born October 19, 1950) is a British composer best known for his work writing film scores and music for television, although he also writes music for the theatre. ... // The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ... The American Comedy Awards were a group of awards presented annually since 1987 to honor performances and performers in the field of comedy. ... The Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC) is organization of film reviewers from Boston-based publications. ... The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) was founded in 1975. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... The Peoples Choice Awards, held annually in January, is one of the few awards shows to be based on popularity. ... Poster for the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival Box office at the Manulife Centre The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is widely considered to be one of the top film festivals in the world and is the premiere film festival in North America from which the Oscars race begins. ... The Venice Film Festival (it: Mostra Internazionale dArte Cinematografica) is the oldest Film Festival in the World (began in the 1932) and takes place every year in late August/early September on the Lido di Venezia in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi, in Venice, Italy. ... Zhāng Yìmóu (张艺谋 Traditional Chinese: 張藝謀) (born November 14, 1950) is a Chinese filmmaker and cinematographer who made his directorial debut in 1987 with the film Red Sorghum. ... Philippe Garrel (born April 6, 1948 in Paris, France) is a French director, cinemtographer, screenwriter, editor and producer. ... Founded in Los Angeles, California in 1982, the Casting Society of America (CSA) is a professional society of about 350 casting directors for film, television, and theatre in Australia, Canada, England, Italy, and the United States. ...

See also

Films based on the Arthurian legend are many and varied. ...

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Fisher King - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1308 words)
The character of the Fisher King (though he is not called by that name) appears, and presents Peredur with a severed head on a platter.
Here, the "Rich Fisher" is called "Bron", a name similar enough to Bran to suggest a relationship, and he is said to be the brother-in-law of Joseph of Arimathea, who had used the Grail to catch Christ's blood before laying him in the tomb.
The Fisher King shows up as "Pop Kingfisher" in the novel and film The Natural, and the story is dealt with humorously in the movie The Fisher King.
The Fisher King (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (306 words)
The Fisher King is a movie from 1991 written by Richard LaGravenese and directed by Terry Gilliam.
The legend varies, but all iterations posess three elements: the Fisher King was charged by God with guarding the Holy Grail, but later incurred some form of incapacitating physical punishment for his sin of pride, and had to wait for someone to deliver him from his suffering(usually Percival).
This was the first film Terry Gilliam directed in which he was not involved in writing the screenplay.
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