The Fisher King Background

The Fisher King Background

The Fisher King is a comedy-drama movie released on 1991 to generally universal critical acclaim. It was written by Richard LaGravanese and directed by Terry Gilliam and was the first movie that Gilliam directed that he had not also written. It was also the first Gilliam-directed movie that did not feature any of the other members of the "Monty Python" team. The film stars Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges and co-stars Mercedes Ruehl and Amanda Plummer.

Gilliam's intention with this movie was to come in under budget and to depart from his signature big-budget blockbuster style, with outlandish and expensive special effects; his previous movie, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen went millions of dollars over budget and was not well-received by critics. By contrast, The Fisher King received plaudits from critics, was finished on schedule and within budget, and earned several awards for its stars, including a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for Mercedes Ruehl and a Best Acror nomination for Robin Williams. Despite being passed over for the Oscar, Williams did win the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a comedy or musical.

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