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Theatrical release: September 20, 1991 Filmed on location in New York City and in a Los Angeles studio. The film grossed $41 million at the box office and was nominated for five Oscars. THE FISHER KING marked the first time Terry Gilliam directed a film written by someone else; he said he wanted to do that to prove to himself that he was a film director, not just a filmmaker. It was also Richard LaGravenese's first original screenplay. The two men collaborated throughout the production. At one time James Cameron was considered as director, and Billy Crystal was a possibility to play Jack Lucas. The Grand Central dance scene was not in the original script; it was the only major addition Gilliam made. For the scenes by the Manhattan Bridge, the production team wanted the real feel of the garbage-strewn area; unfortunately, the Sanitation Department cleaned out the area for the shooting, so the garbage had to be re-created. When Jack goes into the Video Spot!, where he works, two of the posters are for Terry Gilliam movies: THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN and BRAZIL. The video Jack gives to the crazed customer played by Kathy Najimy is entitled ORDINARY PEEPHOLES. Harry Shearer can be seen on the television in the role that Jack was originally supposed to get in ON THE RADIO. Tom Waits makes an uncredited cameo as a homeless veteran in Grand Central Station. The romance novel in Parry's shrine is Barbara Taylor Bradford's A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE. When Parry and Jack are following Lydia, they turn the corner near Madison Square Park and instantly turn up in front of Grand Central Station, some 20 blocks away. The film features an extended full-frontal nude scene of Robin Williams in Central Park. GILDA is playing in the background during the scene in which Lydia comes into the video store. Screenwriter Richard LaGravenese makes a cameo appearance in the film as the Strait Jacket Yuppie. Production designer Mel Bourne appears in the film as Langdon Carmichael, who owns the apartment house on Fifth Avenue that just might contain the Holy Grail. In actuality, the building used in the scene is the Armory on Madison Avenue. Stunt coordinator Chris Howell also played the Red Knight. During a late night of shooting a woman tossed a bucket of water from her apartment window onto the Red Knight to complain about the lights and the noise. The exterior of the apartment building where Jack lives at the start of the film was based on one that belonged to Creative Artists Agency founder Mike Ovitz, with whom Gilliam had recently signed. Gilliam merely picked out the building from the street without knowing that. Parry is short for Parsifal, the innocent who joined King Arthur's knights in their search for the Holy Grail. Ray Charles's "Hit the Road Jack" plays over the opening credits. Robin Williams sings Groucho Marx's "Lydia the Tattooed Lady" in the film. Harry Nilsson sings "How About You" over the closing credits.
Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress 1991 Mercedes Ruehl American Actress
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 70619
Robin Williams, Ray D. Tutto, Marty Fromage, Jeff Bridges, Mercedes Ruehl, Amanda Plummer, John DeLancie
"...THE FISHER KING restores our belief in the power of movies to transform reality..."
"...Capable of great charm....[Williams] brings a disarming warmth and gentleness to the fiendishly comic Parry..."
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"...The performances are capable, with Mercedes Ruehl the standout..."
"Bridges brings a piercing despair to his role as a shock-radio jock who falls into a crippling depression..."
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