The Fisher King
THE FISHER KING (15)
D: Terry Gilliam
Columbia/Tristar (Debra Hill & Linda Obst)
USA 🇺🇸 1991
W: Richard LaGravenese
DP: Roger Pratt
Ed: Lesley Walker
Mus: George Fenton
PD: Mel Bourne
Cos: Beatrix Aruna Pasztor
Robin Williams (Parry), Jeff Bridges (Jack Lucas), Mercedes Ruehl (Anne Napolitano), Amanda Plummer (Lydia), Michael Jeter (Homeless Cabaret Singer)
Terry Gilliam was the perfect choice to direct this offbeat urban fantasy about a homeless man's quest for the Holy Grail.
Following a tragedy which he feels responsible for, former DJ Jack Lucas is on seeking his own salvation and strikes an unlikely friendship with an eccentric vagrant, Parry, who himself is seeking the fabled treasure.
Mercedes Ruehl & Amanda Plummer are in support as the men's respective love interests and all four give brilliant performances which lend credibility to an otherwise vividly nightmarish fairytale.
It's a film you simply have to experience, and you'll either understand it or you won't, but you can't deny it has an enchanting power as a modern spin on fairytales.