The Fisher King

The Fisher King

Blu-ray Disc - 1991
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A depressed radio DJ tries to find redemption in helping a mentally unstable homeless man.
Publisher: Chatsworth, CA : Image Entertainment, c1991
Edition: High definition
ISBN: 9786314493936
Branch Call Number: FIS
Characteristics: 1 Blu-ray disc (138 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm

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Me_Tarzan
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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Open_Sesame
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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22950006357453
Jul 21, 2015

time has not been kind to this movie

JCLBeckyC Aug 21, 2013

This is a great movie to watch on a date with one person who loves fantasy and one person who loves drama. My husband (the fantasy nut) and I (the realism nut) both laughed and cried throughout the entire film. All four main characters, Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, Amanda Plummer, and Mercedes Ruehl were all wonderful. Michael Jeter as the Homeless Cabaret Singer is inspired.

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britprincess1
Jul 10, 2013

What can you say about THE FISHER KING? It's definitely a weird one. I found this film quite difficult to watch. It felt long and weird. It's not that Terry Gilliam's style doesn't agree with me; I actually quite enjoyed FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS. The premise for this film is certainly solid, the story of a shock jock who witnesses the repercussions of his words, but something in the execution didn't sit right. In addition, Jeff Bridges was plain unlikable. Even through his story arc with all its ups and downs, I failed to see him redeem himself. He did a few nice turns, but he made them seem like hard work, almost like he related to Sisyphus, pushing that rock up that hill only to watch it tumble back down. Bridges might as well scream, "Well, what's the point?" Mercedes Ruehl, however, was an interesting character, but unfortunately, she served little purpose to the plot, essentially the dame along for the ride. And lastly, the ravings of Robin Williams, which tend toward laughter typically, were used incorrectly here. Yes, Robin Williams has a tongue that runs a mile a minute, but he always seems in control of it, firmly connected from mind to mouth, but here, there's a disconnect. Every time he goes into his signature rambling mode, all of his words are bruised by the blunt driving force of his self-imposed homelessness and the severeness of his PTSD gone berserk. Yes, there's a statement about the fragility of the human psyche, but this point is framed in a story (or at least, a game plan) concocted by a disturbed man looking for the holy grail. Unless a loyal fan of Gilliam's work, I don't suspect you'll find the holy grail here.

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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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Mar 26, 2011

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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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