The Fisher King

The Fisher King

Terry Gilliam (1991)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A radio DJ contemplates suicide after a listener embarks on a murderous rampage in response to one of his broadcasts. He is saved by a now-homeless former professor of medieval history, who encourages him to retrieve what he claims is the Holy Grail. When the DJ later learns that he is responsible for his saviour's misfortunes, he feels compelled to make amends. Terry Gilliam's comedy drama, with Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges, Amanda Plummer and Mercedes Ruehl.

Cast & Crew

Parry Robin Williams
Jack Lucas Jeff Bridges
Lydia Amanda Plummer
Anne Napolitano Mercedes Ruehl
Homeless cabaret singer Michael Jeter
Radio engineer Adam Bryant
Lou Rosen David Hyde Pierce
Limo bum Ted Ross
Sondra 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
Doorman Mark Bowden (2)
Father at hotel John Ottavino
Little boy Brian Michaels
Punk Jayce Bartok
Hippy bum Bradley Gregg
Jamaican bum William Jay Marshall
John the bum William Preston
Superintendent 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
Punk Dan Futterman
Director Terry Gilliam
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia PicturesGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, drug abuse and brief nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Comedy