The Fisher King (1991)

Rated PG-13. There’s nothing in here they don’t say on broadcast television.

The Fisher King

Terry Gilliam’s tragicomic The Fisher King packs in a lot of themes, but a big one is kindness. This is a movie all about empathy and acceptance. Also, how often do Hollywood movies show much of the plight of homeless people? Or deal with depression and suicide? Or show our indifference to the suffering of others AND to blend all that serious material with absurdity and humour? Gilliam likes his weirdos and underdogs too. Oh, and he loves to dirty up his movie stars, all of whom are pretty awesome in this. Mercedes Ruehl won an Oscar while Robin Williams was nominated for one, but Jeff Bridges and Amanda Plummer do strong work of their own. Actually, you could argue that the women have more interesting characters to play than the men do. So acknowledge that you ARE responsible for what you say and how you treat others while you waltz through a train station with the 415th Ellises’ Analysis trilling in your ears.

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Rotten Tomatoes reviews

AFI’s Top 100 Lists

1991 U.S. Box Office

1991 in film

1991 Academy Award winners and nominees

Mercedes Ruehl’s Oscar acceptance speech

Links to: Monty Python And The Holy Grail and Life Of Brian and Twelve Monkeys and Good Will Hunting

Previously on The Ellises’ Analysis: Beverly Hills Cop

November 15th on The Ellises’ Analysis: Whale Rider