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Fisher King, the

Jeff Bridges , Robin Williams , Terry Gilliam    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Arthurian mythology and modern day decay seem perfect complements to each other in this Terry Gilliam drama/comedy/fantasy. Shock jock Jack Lucas (Jeff Bridges) makes an off-handed radio remark that causes a man to go on a killing spree, leaving Lucas unhinged with guilt. Lucas's later, chance meeting with Parry (Robin Williams), a homeless man suffering from dementia, gets him involved in the unlikely quest for the Holy Grail. The rickety, and patently unrealistic stand that insanity is just a wonderful place to be, and that the homeless are all errant knights, wears awfully thin, but there are numerous moments of sad grace and violent beauty in this film. The screenplay by Richard LaGravenese launched his successful career and his smart wordplay helped garner Mercedes Ruehl an Oscar as Lucas's girlfriend. --Keith Simanton

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top 5 movies Feb. 24 2004
By A Customer
Somehow I managed to miss The Fisher King in its first run theatre edition. My wife and I went to see a different film several years ago and it was surprisingly playing as a double-feature, and to this day I was so struck by this film that I can't remember what the other film was we originally went to see. The Fisher King is a remarkable achievement and tremendously uplifting. It expresses one of the universe's great truths: a being is only as valuable as he can help others. The point where a person feels he cannot help or is a detriment to others is where he begins to die. Jeff Bridge's character can only redeem himself and his life when he proves to himself that he can actually help Robbin Williams' character. While it might be argued that the film is too pat or simplistic in dealing with the issues of insanity -- that's not the message of the film. It's not meant to be a documentary statement. It is an artistic statement and delivers a very important message for our modern culture, that the ability and willingness to help those around you is what makes self-respect possible. If you have an excessively cynical nature you will probably have little time for this film. At the same time, this is a film that would be the best thing for you to watch at least 3 or 4 times back to back until you get the message. I rate The Fisher King as one of my top 5 favorite films of all time and recommend it highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fisher King Oct. 22 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is a movie that you should probably already know if you like it or not, and this movie might not be for everyone. But those who like it actually love it. The blueray does not come with much extra but it is nice having a high quality version. This is Robin Williams at his best and Jeff Bridges is always a pro. I like New York in June, how about you?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bungled and the Botched strike back Dec 27 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Terry Gilliam's post-Python oeuvre usually strikes me as rather cold and overly intellectualized. I 'like' his movies very much, but can rarely get close enough to 'love' them. "Brazil" and "Twelve Monkeys" being chief offenders in this complaint. I enjoyed their visions of futuristic dystopias, but never felt involved on an emotional level. Sure, "Baron Munchausen" tickled my whimsy-bone, and "Time Bandits" gave me kid-sized guffaws, but both those films also had a good dose of textbook thinking behind them, enough to keep the audience always an arm's length away.
"The Fisher King", like no other film in Gilliam's catalog, hits me on an emotional level. It is a visceral experience, unlike anything else I've seen from this offbeat director. Layered with tangible romance and pathos, Gilliam has created a film that will stand the test of time, even when its highbrow ideas become irrelevant.
Two scenes in particular illustrate the human beauty that this film is so adept at conveying. The first involves Parry (Robin Williams) and his daily routine: watching and following Lydia (Amanda Plummer), his from-afar crush, on her morning commute to work. Camped out in Grand Central Station, all we see are the throngs of people crowding and pushing their way to their trains. But when Parry sees Lydia, all that stops. Or rather, it changes. The music starts, tasteful glowing light emanates from the ceiling, and all the commuters take partners for a waltz. It's a ridiculously sublime moment, beautiful in all ways. It goes on until Parry suddenly loses Lydia in the crowd, and the dancing abruptly stops.
The other scene also involves Parry and Lydia, who are this time joined by Jack (Jeff Bridges) and Anne (Mercedes Ruehl).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy Watch Dec 20 2011
By Dan
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Fisher King [Blu-ray]

I was thrilled to see that this flick was available on blu ray. This is probably one of my favourite shows featuring Robin Williams. The combination of he, and Jeff Bridges, works well. The story will run you through several emotions, as a lot of (IIRC) Williams' stuff around that era did - it's neither pure comedy, nor pure drama, but a fine mix of both. Purchasing this movie, either on DVD or blu ray, is a given. It seemed to me that the DVD was hard to come by for several years after its initial printing, so scooping up the blu ray while it is available seemed like the smart choice.
As for the technical quality of the blu ray...I dunno. The pleasure of this movie is really rooted in the story, the acting. I can't say that any one aspect of the blu ray transfer stood out better than the VHS & DVD versions I've watched in the past; if you have hidef equipment, it probably looks better than an upconverted DVD on said equipment. The A/V quality just isn't an element of the flick that registered on me - it was done well enough that it didn't matter.
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By msresp
this is one of my all time favorites, for so many reasons. Robin Williams gives an amazing performance. Mercedes Ruehl has many of the best lines in the film-an awesome actress. i could watch Michael Jeter singing to Amanda Plummer a million times and never grow tired of it-he steals the whole movie with this one scene! so much of the dialogue is touchingly funny and sweet.i also love the music used in the movie.this is a great film,with great performances; i love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saundra's favorite
I've seen A LOT of movies but this one is my favorite of all time. Starts out slow but makes up for it later. Read more
Published on April 3 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars "I am the janitor of God."
With lines like that strewn throughout this odd but extremely likable film it is easy to see why Robin Williams was nominated for the Academy Award for his manic, yet heartfelt... Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2004 by D. Knouse
1.0 out of 5 stars No redeeming value whatsoever.
I *nearly* hated this film. I am a former film student, current film lover, reader, researcher, and all-around film nerd. Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2002 by Andy Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars The journey homeward...
A breathtakingly beautiful film. The Fisher King is one of the most perfectly executed movies of all time, from the stunning and highly imaginative screenplay to the haunting... Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2002 by Steven Cain
5.0 out of 5 stars HEALING THE HEARTS OF MEN
In my humble opinion, Terry Gilliam is a genius -- without question one of the most talented and imaginative direcors working in film today. Read more
Published on July 1 2002 by Larry L. Looney
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Williams (Perry) is a homeless genius who lives in a fantasy world of Red Knights and King Arthur. Bridges is Jack, a radio personality whose career is destroyed after a listener... Read more
Published on June 2 2002 by D. D'Eugenio
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Arthurian movies going
I have a passionate love for the Arthurian legends. To paraphrase Robertson Davies, however, these tales have a poor history of being adapted to stage or screen. Read more
Published on May 15 2002 by J. Angus Macdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars "I love New York in June!"
Former Monty Python regular Terry Gilliam has directed 13 movies, including the mythical "Baron Munchausen" in 1988, and 2 obvious classics, "Brazil", and "Monty Python and the... Read more
Published on April 19 2002 by Brad Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Gem -Myth, Magic, Laughs, Redemption
"The Fisher King" combines an almost independent film sensiblity (the gradual narrowing of focus on the 4 lead characters almost to the exclusion of the Big City around them)with a... Read more
Published on March 23 2002 by nemoistic
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