Erin Richter
March 05, 1999 AT 05:00 AM EST

Fishing with John

TV Show
Current Status
In Season
John Lurie

We gave it a B+

Dennis Hopper, on the verge of Snickers shock, hunting a mythical giant squid in Thailand. Whiskey-voiced singer Tom Waits storing a red snapper in his pants. In short, Fishing with John is not your father’s fishing show. Shown last year on the Independent Film Channel, this wry six-episode series from 1992 follows musician and actor John Lurie (the bushy-browed star of Jim Jarmusch’s Down by Law and Stranger Than Paradise) and his equally cool friends (like Willem Dafoe) on ”adventures of a lifetime.” Writer-director Lurie blends fiction and reality in his comic tales, breaking up the (plentiful) downtime with beautiful locales, an atmospheric score, idle chitchat, and the ramblings of Nature-worthy narrator Robb Webb. ”When it comes to the shark,” Webb warns, ”man is on his menu.” A surprising catch. B+

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