Viewing your Watchlist and recommended content requires Javascript

  • 15
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1991
  • 137 mins

Fisher King, The

Fisher King, The

Synopsis

Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams star in Terry Gilliam's inventive but somewhat laboured fantasy fable set in modern-day New York

About

After NY shock jock Jack Lucas (Bridges) drives a listener to open fire on the patrons of a yuppie bar, his life takes a nosedive, and he's overwhelmed by guilt and depression. Three years later he's rescued from his suicidal slump by Parry (Wiliams), a loopy vagrant whose own world had been ruined when his wife was killed in the same massacre.

Gilliam's myth-rich urban fairytale follows Lucas' quest for the Holy Grail of redemption as he tries to hook up Williams with nervy Lydia Sinclair (Plummer).

As always, Williams turns romance into slush, but Gilliam reigns it in with his mad and magical design.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Robin Williams, Mercedes Ruehl, Michael Jeter, Adam Bryant, Jeff Bridges, Amanda Plummer, Paul Lombardi
  • Director: Terry Gilliam
  • Writer: Richard LaGravenese
  • Producer: Lynda Obst, Debra Hill
  • Photographer: Roger Pratt
  • Composer: George Fenton

In a nutshell

Bridges carries the film well with his depiction of sapping nihilism transformed by desperate hope, but top marks go to Oscar winning Mercedes Ruehl as his long-suffering girlfriend, and a delirious cameo of whimpering transvestite pizzazz from mustachioed Michael Jeter.

Latest from Film4...

  • Film4

    Destry

    Audie Murphy stars in this remake of 1939's Destry Rides Again, which is directed by the man who made that previous version, George Marshall.

    On Film4: 28 Sep 4:25PM

  • Film4

    Hadwin's Judgement

    British filmmaker Sasha Snow's docudrama, based on John Vaillant's award-winning book The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed.

  • Film4

    Weird & Wonderful Season on Film4

    Wild fantasy, dark fairytales and spectacular creations to tie-in with the release of Tim Burtons Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children.

  • Film4

    R.I.P.D. on Film4

    Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds star in Film4's first play of R.I.P.D., part of our Weird & Wonderful season.

  • Channel 4 Blog

    TIFF 2016: Top Ten

    Film4.com Editor Michael Leader runs through ten standouts from the Toronto International Film Festival...   The Oath I'd already seen three of the four Film4-backed films screening in Toronto (inc

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Baltasar Kormakur on The Oath

    As his Film4-backed Icelandic thriller The Oath premieres in Toronto, director/writer/actor Baltasar Kormakur speaks with Film4.com editor Michael Leader about making films in Hollywood, returning to

Register with Film4.com

Personalise your Film4 experience

  • Set film reminders
  • Build your watchlist
  • Get film suggestions

or Register

Share