Jack Lucas (Jeff Bridges), a self-obsessed shock jock who thinks he has it all, is about to hit rock bottom. The cult personality spends his time on the radio insulting and berating his listeners, but when one caller takes Jack’s advice literally and shoots up a New York City hotspot, Jack is sent swirling down into a depression that has him suicidal three years later. However, he is rescued out of the night by a different kind of knight in shining armor—a homeless man named Parry, played fabulously by Robin Williams, who thinks he’s on a quest for the Holy Grail, which he believes to be in a Fifth Avenue town house. Parry serves as the living embodiment of Jack’s guilt—Parry’s beloved wife was killed in the nightclub massacre. Jack soon becomes conviced that by helping Parry he will also wind up helping himself, so he tries to help Parry win his lady love (Amanda Plummer), at the expense of risking his own relationship with Anne (Mercedes Ruehl, in an Academy Award-winning role), who has stood by his side during his downward spiral.
Terrence Vance Gilliam was born in Minnesota on 22 November 1940. After eleven early years of a Huckleberry Finn/Tom Sawyer-type childhood (his description), his family moved to LA. There he was a witness to the Hollywood system, from the fringes. As a kid, his drawing and cartooning skills developed. After graduating from school where he apparently excelled at pole vaulting, Gilliam went to the Occidental College, studying Physics, which he later changed to Politics. In his last year at college, Gilliam sent copies of his college magazine work to comic maestro Harvey Kurtzman in New York.
Kurtzman was running a magazine called Help!, and was impressed. When writer Charles Alverson left the magazine, a vacancy arose, and Gilliam took a job there. He spent the next three years there – writing, designing and drawing – but being paid very little. During the time at Help!, he met John Cleese, who was roped in to star in a photo-story spoof – as a guilt-ridden man involved in an… read more
J'aime beaucoup la manière de Gilliam de mélanger les mythes avec la réalité et filmer de travers. J'aime aussi beaucoup Jeff Bridges et Robin Williams. J'aime aussi beaucoup quand un film sait varier les genres aisément. J'aime aussi beaucoup quand il y a matière à cogiter derrière tout cela. J'aime aussi beaucoup le t-shirt de Jeff Bridges. Donc j'aime ce film.
In this modern retelling of an ancient story, Parry is Percival, the fool / knight who helps Jack, the ailing Fisher King in the guise of a radio DJ. Jack's sin of pride and selfishness is ironically translated to '80's yuppie New York, where Parry has his own demons to face, fantastically visualized by the Red Knight haunting Central Park. Read my full review: www.brnrd.net/blog/archive/2009/11/26/the-fisher-king
Williams is so affecting in this, but from a stylistic standpoint, Gilliam wasn't the right choice for this story.