Talk:The Fisher King

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References to use[edit]

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  • King, Mike (2008). "The Fisher King". The American Cinema of Excess: Extremes of the National Mind on Film. McFarland. p. 224. ISBN 0786439882. 

Mercedes Reuhl[edit]

If she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, it might be good to mention about her character. MMetro (talk) 12:03, 27 July 2008 (UTC)

Critical Reception[edit]

Rotten Tomatoes (and, indeed, much of the internet) didn't exist in 1991. Is there no better way to establish this film's critical reception? Geoffr111 (talk) 13:32, 24 June 2010 (UTC)


A central theme of the film, playing on the grail motif, is grace and forgiveness. For example, Jack's signature line in his potential sitcom is "forgive me," which after the shooting becomes a tormenting echo of his arrogance when he hears it repeated by the actor who took his place in the sitcom. Parry is seeking the Holy Grail, which held the wine of the Last Supper and, at the crucifixion, its theological equivalent, the blood of Christ - the physical counterpart of grace and forgiveness in Christian iconology. The Red Knight figment that Parry sees around New York represents his memories of the night his wife was killed; the dangling red drapes of the Red Knight's costume imitate the spray from the shot hitting his wife, and the flames recall the gun blast. In Wolfram Von Eschenbach's epic Parsival, the Red Knight was killed by Parsival (Parry) who then took his armor for himself. When Parsival introduces himself to King Arthur's court, Arthur names Parsival the new Red Knight.

I've moved the above section from the article to here. It's unreferenced and as opinion, which is all this sort of textual interpretation can be, smacks of original research but it was too interesting for me to delete. Waerloeg (talk) 04:31, 17 September 2011 (UTC)

Supreme Court Hearings[edit]

Here[1] Gilliam states that the film didn't make more money because everybody was preoccupied with "the World Series and the Judge Thomas Supreme Court Hearings". I've checked Judge Thomas Hogan and the List of United States Supreme Court cases by the Rehnquist Court but couldn't find what Gilliam is referring to. In any case, this Gilliam quote could well go into the Reception section where it's stated that the film did "moderately", once somebody finds the right case to wikilink within the quote. -- (talk) 22:23, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

Ah, nervemind, found the correct article: Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination. Gonna be implementing the quote into this article now. -- (talk) 22:33, 11 May 2013 (UTC)
I have reverted this addition because the source simply does not look like it would pass the reliability test. It really looks like just a blog. ---The Old JacobiteThe '45 00:15, 12 May 2013 (UTC)


I think that it's pretty clear in the movie that Jack intentionally sets off the alarm in the castle. Someone should review that scene and revise the article if they agree. (talk) 05:07, 11 September 2015 (UTC)