The Fisher King

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Released 1991

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Director:
Terry Gilliam
Released:
1991
Rating:
R

The Fisher King is a 1991 comedy-drama from visionary director Terry Gilliam and starring Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams in a story about a man plagued with guilt for his past actions who joins a delusional man on a quest for forgiveness, redemption, and the Holy Grail. Jeff Bridges plays Jack Lucas, who once enjoyed his life as a shock jock talk radio host, earning a comfortable living by making fun of people on air. All that changes when one of his shows drives a disturbed caller to kill several people one night at a downtown club. Jack is sent into an alcohol-fueled depression for three years. Jack considers his life irredeemable and finished. However, all that changes when he meets Parry (Williams), a homeless man who lost his mind after witnessing the murder of his wife. That murder, it turns out, occurred three years prior, at the downtown club massacre Jack inspired. The delusional Parry invites Jack on his quest for the Holy Grail, a quest supported by the fantastical visions of knights and kings that Parry is burdened with. Jack agrees to join Parry and he helps the homeless man along as best he can, hoping he'll find forgiveness. However, winning forgiveness from Parry may not be nearly as difficult as forgiving himself. The Fisher King is filled with stunning visuals and characters whose lives are equal parts heartbreaking and inspiring.

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  • 90

    Variety

    The Fisher King has two actors at the top of their form, and a compelling, well-directed and well-produced story.

  • 80

    Rolling Stone Peter Travers

    Restores our belief in the power of movies to transform reality, even temporarily. So what if it's not perfect? It's magic.

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A disorganized, rambling and eccentric movie that contains some moments of truth, some moments of humor, and many moments of digression.

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    Independent, coping with death, visually striking, isolation from society, high stake situations