The Fisher King

  • 15
  • Terry Gilliam (1991)
  • US
  • 131 min
The Fisher King
Film Review
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5 out of 5

The Arthurian legend of a maimed warrior healed by the innocence of "a perfect fool" is given a magical update by director Terry Gilliam, tripping the light fantastic in his highly individual manner in this fantasy drama. Gilliam has an eerie knack of wringing visionary heart-tugging power from unsentimental if bizarre material, and Jeff Bridges's mythical search for redemption in the enchanted kingdom of New York fits the bill exactly. A magnificent perusal of what fires and feeds the soul, with super-tramp Robin Williams keeping his trademark zaniness in check until it really counts. But it's Oscar winner Mercedes Ruehl's electrifying portrayal of moral betrayal that you'll remember long after the fade-out.

Plot Summary

Fantasy drama starring Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams. Jack Lucas is a hugely successful but venomous radio phone-in host. A typically reckless remark over the airwaves triggers a random massacre at a fashionable Manhattan bar. Lucas goes into an alcoholic decline, taking his career with him. But a chance encounter with a mystical vagrant seems to offer him an opportunity for redemption.

Cast and crew


Robin Williams
Jack Lucas
Jeff Bridges
Amanda Plummer
Anne Napolitano
Mercedes Ruehl
Homeless cabaret singer
Michael Jeter
Radio engineer
Adam Bryant
Lou Rosen
David Hyde Pierce
Limo bum
Ted Ross
Lara Harris
Television anchorman
Warren Olney
News reporter
Frazer Smith
Crazed video customer
Kathy Najimy
Sit-com actor Ben Starr
Harry Shearer
Sit-com wife
Melinda Culea
Bum at hotel
James Remini
Mark Bowden (2)
Father at hotel
John Ottavino
Little boy
Brian Michaels
Jayce Bartok
Hippy bum
Bradley Gregg
Jamaican bum
William Jay Marshall
John the bum
William Preston
Al Fann
Porno customer
Stephen Bridgewater
Stockbroker bum
John Heffernan
Red knight
Chris Howell
Straitjacket yuppie
Richard LaGravenese
Bag lady
Anita Dangler
Radio engineer
Paul Lombardi
Dan Futterman


Terry Gilliam

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia Pictures
Contains violence, swearing, drug abuse and brief nudity.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 15