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3.6
2,129 Ratings

The Fisher King

Directed by Terry Gilliam
United States, 1991
Comedy, Drama

Synopsis

When New York radio DJ Jack Lucas (Jeff Bridges) accidentally drives a listener to mass murder, his confidence and career crumble. Three years later he is saved from suicide by the deranged Perry (Robin Williams), a derelict who insists that the Holy Grail is hidden somewhere in Manhattan.

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The Fisher King Directed by Terry Gilliam

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1991 | 3 wins including: Little Golden Lion

Academy Awards

1992 | Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

1992 | 4 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Toronto International Film Festival

1991 | Winner: People's Choice Award

The fusion of maudlin Richard LaGravenese and mad Terry Gilliam produced a rare alchemical miracle. Gilliam could flex his fabulist muscles with abandon, staying pinioned to a popular notion of cinematic reality thanks to LaGravenese’s cuddly homeless redemption story.
July 27, 2016
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Gilliam would soon pivot to darker, more transgressive films in America, before ultimately landing in an exile from which we still hope he’ll return. But for once, his recurring theme—an idealized battle of fantasy over reality—found a natural if uneasy partner rather than an antagonist in the Hollywood machine. His filmography is all the richer and more joyful for it.
June 28, 2016
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The Fisher King may be Gilliam’s most straightforward film, but Parry is a fantastical creation, even if you omit his Grail fixation and his visions of a wrathful red knight. He is an idealized rendering of the less visible, more complicated mental illness that affected Williams and affects countless other people. In the real world, there are no talismans that can cure catatonia and no desperate romances that can simply fix holes in one’s psyche.
June 23, 2015
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