King Arthur in Hollywood

The Fisher King (1991) DVD VHS

What happens when you mix modern day urban problems with Arthurian mythology? Terry Gilliam crafts a comic and absorbing and occasionally dark and tender fantasy about two men both in need of rescuing that take a quest for the Holy Grail. Shock jock Jack Lucas (Jeff Bridges) finds himself driven to guilt and despair when an off-handed radio remark causes a man to go on a killing spree. His chance encounter with Parry (Robin Williams), a homeless man suffering from dementia, gets him involved in the unlikely quest for the Holy Grail and redemption. Their journey is sometimes comic and tender but has moments that both add to the movie and detract.