The Fisher King

BBB.5

(out of 5)


 plays a talk radio host who is devastated when a listener misinterprets his advice and commits a heinous crime in a New York City restaurant. Quitting his job and in the midst of trying to quit his life, Bridges takes to the streets and meets a free spirited homeless man () who helps put him on the road to recovery. The real treat in Richard LaGravenese’s oddball script is the characters, and while director Terry Gilliam gets a lot of juicy visual work out of the story, it’s the fact that all the people are believably real that really sells this one.  is particularly astonishing as Bridges’ worn out girlfriend, a woman from whom too many have taken too much, and is delightful as a girl that catches Williams’ eye.


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USA, 1991

Directed by 

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:

Academy Award
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Mercedes Ruehl as “Anne”)

 

Nominations
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Robin Williams as “Parry”)
Best Art Direction (art direction: Mel Bourne; set decoration: Cindy Carr)
Best Music (Original Score) (George Fenton)
Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen) (Richard LaGravenese)

Golden Globe Awards
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Robin Williams)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Mercedes Ruehl)

Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Jeff Bridges)
Best Director (Terry Gilliam)

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