Sunday Feature-Week 13: The Fisher King (1991)

Title: The Fisher King

Tone: Terry Gilliam (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Brazil) does romance

Who:

Director- Terry Gilliam

Cast- Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, Mercedes Ruehl, Amanda Plummer

When: 1991

What: In the wake of a thwarted suicide attempt, radio shock-jock Jack Lucas is thrust into a quest for the Holy Grail via a deranged homeless man named Parry.

Why:

  • Keeping with the theme of March madness, The Fisher King is a great example of putting a romanticized spin on madness as it doesn’t spin it so far that it becomes offensive or entirely out of touch with its volatile nature.
  • Look out for an excellent cameo by Tom Waits, it simply just adds to the awesomeness of the film.
  • After the failure of his previous film The Adventures of Baron Manchausen, which went over-budget during filming totaling $46.6 million and grossed only $8 million at the U.S box office, Gilliam wanted to make The Fisher King a smaller scale (and smaller budget) production. The Fisher King proved to be a success and grossed $42 million at the box office, well over its $24 million budget.
  • There is a plethora of lovely and poignant moments throughout The Fisher King, a sweet serenade of Lydia the Tattooed Lady, a beautiful waltz in Grand Central station, a great song and dance number by Micheal Jeter and oh so much more. Here is one of the many gems from the film where Parry (Robin Williams) explains the story of the Fisher King to Jack Lucas (Jeff Bridges), enjoy!

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~ by cinematte on March 28, 2010.

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