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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

Terry Gilliam directed this adaptation of Richard LaGravenese's mystical (and mythical) tale of redemption in the hard-time town of New York City. Jeff Bridges is shock radio DJ Jack Lucas, whose low opinion of humanity lends itself well to his radio talk show, where the enmity rubs off on his listeners. One fan in particular takes Jack's rants to heart and goes to a fancy restaurant with a gun, murdering innocent diners. Jack is so distraught at what his on-air suggestion wrought that he sinks into a three-year depression, drinking himself to sleep and mooching off of his girlfriend Anne Napolitano (Mercedes Ruehl, in an Oscar-winning performance), an attractive owner of a video store. Hitting bottom, Jack slumps to the river, prepared to commit suicide. To his rescue comes a crazed but witty homeless man named Parry (Robin Williams), who tells Jack he's destined for great things -- all his has to do is find the Holy Grail (conveniently located in mid-town Manhattan) and save Parry's soul. He also wants Jack to help him out with the woman of his dreams, Lydia Sinclair (Amanda Plummer), a shy type who works at a publishing company. Parry was once a university professor became unglued by a tragic event in his past; Jack soon realizes that to save himself, he first must save Parry.~ Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide

Cast

  • Jeff Bridges
  • Adam Bryant
  • Paul Lombardi
  • David Hyde Pierce
  • Ted Ross
  • Lara Harris
  • Warren Olney
  • Frazer Smith
  • Mercedes Ruehl
  • Kathy Najimy

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • (Cameo) Tom Waits: the beggar in the wheelchair at the train station.
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Goofs

  • After the double date dinner at the Chinese restaurant Anne unlocks the door to the apartment and puts her keys in her purse. The next scene she is hugging Jack and you can clearly see the keys still in her hand.
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Quotes

    • Jack Lucas: Where would King Arthur be without Guinevere?
    • Parry: Happily married, probably.
    • Jack Lucas: Well, that's a bad... that's a bad example.
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Metacritic

50

A disorganized, rambling and eccentric movie that contains some moments of truth, some moments of humor, and many moments of digression.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
67

A fanciful spiral of mythology, madness, cynicism and salvation.

Metacritic review by Marjorie Baumgarten
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle