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The Fisher King

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 1991
  • Terry Gilliam
  • 131 mins
  • 15

Summary

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.

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Review

Rating: 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.

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Credits

Cast

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ParryRobin Williams
Jack LucasJeff Bridges
LydiaAmanda Plummer
Anne NapolitanoMercedes Ruehl
Homeless cabaret singerMichael Jeter
Radio engineerAdam Bryant
Lou RosenDavid Hyde Pierce
Limo bumTed Ross
SondraLara Harris
Television anchormanWarren Olney
News reporterFrazer Smith
Crazed video customerKathy Najimy
Sit-com actor Ben StarrHarry Shearer
Sit-com wifeMelinda Culea
Bum at hotelJames Remini
DoormanMark Bowden (2)
Father at hotelJohn Ottavino
Little boyBrian Michaels
PunkJayce Bartok
Hippy bumBradley Gregg
Jamaican bumWilliam Jay Marshall
John the bumWilliam Preston
SuperintendentAl Fann
Porno customerStephen Bridgewater
Stockbroker bumJohn Heffernan
Red knightChris Howell
Straitjacket yuppieRichard LaGravenese
Bag ladyAnita Dangler
Radio engineerPaul Lombardi
PunkDan Futterman

Crew

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DirectorTerry Gilliam

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia Pictures
Language
English
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing, drug abuse and brief nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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