Fishing with John

Season 1 Episode 1

Episode One: Montauk with Jim Jarmusch

Aired Unknown Jan 01, 1992 on Bravo
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John Lurie takes film director Jim Jarmusch fishing for shark near Montauk, Long Island, and shows Jarmusch an unusual way to catch a shark with a piece of cheese and a pistol.

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  • "Why am I here?"

    "Montauk with Jim Jarmusch"

    The first episode of Fishing With John shows John Lurie and director Jim Jarmusch (Down By Law, Ghost Dog) fishing for shark outside of Montauk, Long Island. The great thing about this show is the fact that Lurie is the conversations between Lurie and his guests. Often hilarious and always entertaining, they really set the show apart from any other type of fishing show. The show's strength is surely it's conversations between Lurie and his friends and this episode is no different. Jarmusch and Lurie share a few interesting stories about fishing, one specifically about whether or not fishing is immoral or not.

    "Montauk with Jim Jarmusch" is a solid first episode, funny and interesting. This is definitely a show not to be missed. Highlight: After waiting three hours for the shark to come after the bait they set, they try a new plan which involves Jarmusch holding a piece of cheese above the water while Lurie waits with a gun. Sadly though, it doesn't work.moreless

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Jim Jarmusch: I kind of feel funny about it, fishing.
      John Lurie: What, it's a little immoral?
      Jim Jarmusch: Well,, I mean, it's just kind of you see them, these beautiful fish coming out, blood all over the floor.
      John Lurie: You wouldn't get to see them otherwise.
      Jim Jarmusch: I know. Well, that's only one part of me that thinks, feels the same way.
      John Lurie: In a way, it's totally immoral. No?
      Jim Jarmusch: No, in a way, it's perfectly normal.

    • Narrator: 5:00 AM, Montauk. Life begins early in this Atlantic coast town. The fishermen wake up excited to be alive; they hope for good weather and good luck. Both fisherman are covered with sores and boners.

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    • Jim Jarmusch: Why am I here?
      John Lurie inserted this voiced-over thought by Jim Jarmusch several times into the episode as a reference to the 1987 Wim Wenders film, Skies Over Berlin, which featured angels who heard this same thought from mortals on a train.

    • John Lurie: Are you trying to show me what it was like working with me?
      Lurie's question to the obstinate Jim Jarmusch is a reference to their previous work together on the movies Stranger Than Paradise and Down By Law, which Jarmusch directed. Here, the roles have reversed and Lurie is director.

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