The Fisher King (1991)
Directed by Terry Gilliam in one of his less 'Pythonesque' moods, note, but nevertheless still obsessed with the theme of the Holy Grail!
Richard LaGravenese (written by)
Genre: Fantasy / Comedy / Drama / Romance
Tagline: A Modern Day Tale About The Search For Love, Sanity, Ethel Merman And The Holy Grail.
Plot Outline: A radio DJ, suicidally despondent (9 of Swords beginning!) because of a horrible mistake he made, finds redemption in helping a deranged homeless man who was a victim of it.
User Comments: awesome!
Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges .... Jack Lucas
Robin Williams .... Parry
Mercedes Ruehl .... Anne Napolitano
Amanda Plummer.... Lydia Sinclair
What better thing to do this otherwise boring 7 of Cups day, but 'review' this brilliant movie, which I have just re-watched twice, because it seems so worth it!
I find it a 'Tarot story' and a half! Jack = the Magician, Parry = the Fool, Lydia = the High Priestess, Anne = the Empress, and when this "big four" get together, you have to expect stuff to happen, and it does! In Tarot terms, Parry (the Fool) has an 'inner demon' in the form of a Red Knight, which seems all I remembered from this movie, although Josh tells me I raved about it at the time, as well! The Red Knight obviously = Prince of Wands + Devil, i.e. his PTSD flashbacks. The Magician, Jack, has to scale the Tower to find the Grail (without giving away too much of the enchanting plot, I hope!). And not only the Grail, but also, it will please mythos to know, lots and lots of clocks for her "suit of clocks, or time" itself... and lots and lots of priceless one-liners ;-))
"I like New York in June,
how about you?
I like a Gershwin tune,
how about you?"
You have to love the musical numbers and sequences as well, including the singing drag queen, and the delightful scene where New York Grand Central station turns into a ballroom full of waltzing couples!
Runtime: 137 min
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Trivia? While it is not mentioned in the film, Parry's name is short for Parsifal, the "pure fool" and legendary knight of the Holy Grail. Parry brings redemption to Jack Lucas just as Parsifal brings redemption to the Fisher King Amfortas. Also, like Parsifal, Parry does battle with a Red Knight. In still another parallel, Parry experiences a cosmic awakening after kissing Lydia, just as Parsifal experiences a cosmic awakening after kissing the beautiful Kundry.
Goofs:Continuity: When Jack dials Lydia's number, it's ended with "11". A couple minutes later, Anna is looking into the same phone book and dials the number ended with "38" or "30". Even the goofs seem interesting. 1+1 = 2, the number of the High Priestess, and 3+8 also = 1+1 = 2. 3+0 = 3, the number of the Empress herself! ;-))