• The Fisher King (1991)

The Fisher King

Release Date: 1991

DVD Release Date: February 16th, 1999

R |2 hr 12 min

Plot Summary

After shock jock Jack Lucas (Jeff Bridges) inadvertently provokes a caller into murdering a group of innocent people in a Manhattan bar, he grows depressed and turns to booze. As he's about to hit rock bottom, Lucas meets a homeless man named Parry (Robin Williams), whose wife was killed by the caller Lucas pushed to the brink. Mentally scarred by his loss, Parry spends his days searching for the Holy Grail. Lucas, feeling culpable for the poor man's plight, pledges to help him in his quest.

Cast: Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges, Amanda Plummer, Mercedes Ruehl, Michael Jeter, Adam Bryant, Paul J. Lombardi, David Hyde Pierce

Director: Terry Gilliam

Genres: Drama , Comedy drama

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Quest , Transformation , New York City , Dark , Love , Offbeat , Girlfriend , Heartwarming , 1980s , Hospital , 1990s , Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

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

  • 67
    Marjorie BaumgartenAustin Chronicle

    A fanciful spiral of mythology, madness, cynicism and salvation. show more

  • 50
    TV Guide Magazine

    The script never resolves the different levels on which it tries to operate, and also throws in too many loose ends which never get cleared up. show more

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Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1992)
Winner Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Art Direction