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Fisher King

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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
7.21 /10
Robin Williams , Jeff Bridges , Amanda Plummer
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Directed by: Terry Gilliam
Written by: Richard LaGravenese

Released: 1991
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Length: 135


An arrogant radio talk-show host (Jeff Bridges) who has hit the booze and the gutter, is saved from some punks with a nasty penchant for setting fire to the homeless, by a smiley but smelly vagrant (Robin Williams) who, in return, requests help on his quest for the Holy Grail.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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This 90s parable about a selfish individualist learning to care may be overextended, uneven and sentimental about homelessness - but its successes far outweigh its failures. Passionate and imaginative, it's an extraordinary achievement by one of cinema's most gifted originals. Director Terry Gilliam illustrates and bridges the chasm between Bridges's reality and Williams's fantasies. Grand Central Station turns into a gigantic ballroom, Central Park a Forest of Arden. The whole of Manhattan becomes an island of enchanted castles and damn fools in distress. The film is often, quite literally, elemental: Gilliam builds the film's symbolic structure on fire, water and air. He is helped by a quartet of outstanding performances from Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, Amanda Plummer and Mercedes Ruehl (the only one who won an Oscar). Mel Bourne's production design and George Fenton's music were Oscar-nominated.

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