The Fisher King The Fisher King

The Fisher King

Terry Gilliam

 
The Fisher King (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

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  • United States
  • 1991
  • 138 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • English
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  • Spine #764

A fairy tale grounded in poignant reality, the magnificent, Manhattan-set The Fisher King, by Terry Gilliam, features Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams in two of their most brilliant roles. Bridges plays a former radio shock jock reconstructing his life after a scandal, and Williams is a homeless man on a quest for the Holy Grail—which he believes to be hidden somewhere on the Upper East Side. Unknowingly linked by their pasts, the two men aid each other on a fanciful journey to discovering their own humanity. This singular American odyssey features a witty script by Richard LaGravenese, evocative cinematography by Roger Pratt, and superb supporting performances by Amanda Plummer and an Oscar-winning Mercedes Ruehl, all harnessed by Gilliam into a compassionate, funny modern-day myth.

Cast

JackJeff Bridges
AnneMercedes Ruehl
ParryRobin Williams
LydiaAmanda Plummer
Homeless cabaret singerMichael Jeter
Lou RosenDavid Pierce
SondraLara Harris
Crazed video customerKathy Najimy
Sitcom actor Ben StarrHarry Shearer
Sitcom wifeMelinda Culea
Red KnightChris Howell
Jamaican bumWilliam Jay Marshall
Grand Central bumTom Waits

Credits

DirectorTerry Gilliam
Produced byDebra Hill and Lynda Obst
Written byRichard LaGravenese
MusicGeorge Fenton
Director of photographyRoger Pratt
Production designerMel Bourne
EditorLesley Walker
Costume designerBeatrix Pasztor
CastingHoward Feuer

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New, restored 2K digital transfer, approved by director Terry Gilliam, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring Gilliam
  • New interviews with Gilliam, producer Lynda Obst, screenwriter Richard La Gravenese, and actors Jeff Bridges, Amanda Plummer, and Mercedes Ruehl
  • New interviews with artists Keith Greco and Vincent Jefferds on the creation of the film’s Red Knight
  • Interview from 2006 with actor Robin Williams
  • New video essay featuring Bridges’s on-set photographs
  • Footage from 1991 of Bridges training as a radio personality with acting coach Stephen Bridgewater
  • Deleted scenes, with audio commentary by Gilliam
  • Costume tests
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Bilge Ebiri

    New cover by LA2

Film Essays

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The Fisher King: In the Kingdom of the Imperfect

By Bilge Ebiri June 22, 2015

Terry Gilliam touches down in the real world for the first time with this fanciful tale of blurred class boundaries in New York City. Read more »

Big Screen

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Repertory Pick: Gilliam’s Manhattan in London

June 08, 2017

Next Wednesday evening, moviegoers across the pond will have a chance to take in Terry Gilliam’s 1991 The Fisher King, the first entry in a monthly screening series at London’s historic Regent . . . Read more »


Performances


Film Essays

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The Fisher King: In the Kingdom of the Imperfect

By Bilge Ebiri June 22, 2015

Terry Gilliam touches down in the real world for the first time with this fanciful tale of blurred class boundaries in New York City. Read more »


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