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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 84. The Fisher King (1991)

July 24, 2011

84. The Fisher King [DVD] (1991)

Plot: Parry (Robin Williams), a homeless history professor lives in a fantasy world full of castles, red armored knights and fair maidens.

Jack Lucas (Jeff Bridges) is a popular New York radio DJ whose arrogance triggers a tragedy that destroys his career.

Poor and seemingly without a future, Jacks salvation comes from an extremely unlikely person, Parry who is on a quest to steal the Holy Grail.

Also Starring: Mercedes RuehlAmanda Plummer
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
Written by: Richard LaGravenese

Length: 137 min
Budget: $24,000,000 (estimated)
Gross Revenue: $41,895,491 (USA)

A Modern Day Tale About The Search For Love, Sanity, Ethel Merman And The Holy Grail. (tagline)

Review: I once fooled Johnny the Intern into believing this movie was the story of a fisherman going to a national fishing competition and the events that lead him to become “The Fisher King”.

He was really disappointed after seeing it. I found that hilarious!

For all of you not as gullible, I can tell you this is a wonderful, magnificent story about redemption and forgiveness that sweeps you up on waves of humor, heartbreak and ravishing romance. I actually stole that last line from someone on the Internet, but hey, it’s how I feel too…

Nerdiest Movie Trivia: The front window of the video store features a poster for director Terry Gilliam’s previous film The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. A poster for Brazil (also directed by Gilliam) appears on the wall in the first video store scene.

Even though I’m a huge Monty Python lover I actually never really liked the Terry Gilliam animations. I do however love his movies and this is the first of them to make it into my Top 100 greatest Movies List. He has such a suggestive, crazy look on life and when you enter into his movies, you get a taste of what must go on inside his head.

And the cast is great. I have to give Mercedes Ruehl special props for the portrayal of girlfriend to Jack Lucas.

Mostly because his character isn’t exactly lovable through most of the movie and she really makes me believe she is.

And the always enjoyable Michael Jeter has a couple of scene-stealers as a homeless cabaret singer.

And look out for a couple of nice bit-parts by Harry ShearerTom WaitsDavid Hyde Pierce and Kathy Najimy.

Oscar Count:
I win: Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Mercedes Ruehl)

4 Nominations: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Robin Williams), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Mel Bourne, Cindy Carr), Best Music, Original Score (George Fenton), Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Richard LaGravenese).

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PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 85. Man On The Moon (1999)

One Comment leave one →
  1. Betsy permalink
    July 24, 2011 10:59

    It is one of my favourite movies, and for the longest time the best movie I had ever seen.

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