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INTERESTING FACTS AND TRIVIA:

The Fisher King held the #1 spot for four consecutive weeks during its theatrical run, and was Columbia Tri-Star's second-highest profitable film in 1991 (behind Spielberg's Hook).
The Fisher King was the first film Terry Gilliam didn't write or co-write, and the first film he didn't completely pre-visualize with storyboards.
In Anne's video store, one can see posters for Terry Gilliam's two previous films, the  wondrous The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and the classic Brazil.

Brazil poster to the left

Munchausen poster to the right

The castle with the grail is actually Hunter College, and is not directly across from Central Park as shown in the film.
Terry Gilliam had to be convinced to shoot the Grand Central Waltz sequence, which is seen by many as the most remarkable scene in the film.  His reluctance stemmed from the fact that he wanted to stay true to the script, and didn't want to film such a Gilliamesque sequence.
About a thousand extras were brought in to film the Grand Central Waltz sequence, yet they did not know how to dance the waltz!
A man in the Grand Central terminal started yelling and cursing at the film crew after reportedly missing his train to Connecticut.
During the development phase, Billy Crystal was going to star alongside Robin Williams in the film.  Crystal actually recommended Robin, but of course Crystal's role eventually went to the vastly under appreciated (and far superior for this role) Jeff Bridges.  Other actors considered for the part were Daniel Day Lewis, Kevin Kline, Bill Murray and Bruce Willis.
Having bought the script, Disney were attached to the film at one point, and felt the story was too dark.  They wanted the Jack Lucas character to retrieve the Holy Grail wearing roller blades while surrounded by laser beams.  James Cameron was to direct the film, which would be more of a caper movie.  (Let's all breathe a collective sigh of relief that this did not come to fruition!)
Singer/songwriter Tom Waits makes a cameo as a beggar in a wheelchair at Grand Central.
Director Terry Gilliam wished he had dedicated The Fisher King to Stanley Donen (Charade, Funny Face, On the Town) because of the strong influence Donen had on him as a filmmaker.
Gilliam:  "When I went to do Fisher King in the States, my problem was trying to get people working on the film to open up and realize they're part of the process.  The Americans are so fascistic in their approach to film-making--the director snaps his fingers and people run because they're terrified--that it took weeks for them to understand I wasn't God, that I wanted their input and wanted them to question me.  The more successful I get, the more the onus of having to get it right wants to settle on my shoulders alone, but I just hate that, I freeze up.  I want everyone to share the responsibility, the guilt, and I'll shoulder the blame, because that's my job in the end."
While filming a scene with the Red Knight, a woman (possibly fed up with all the commotion, noise, and the fact it was ten o'clock at night) threw a bucket of water from her apartment window, narrowly missing the stuntman on the horse.

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