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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, Rovi

  • Release date:September 20, 1991

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Amanda Plummer Best Supporting Actress 1991 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jeff Bridges Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1991 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Mercedes Ruehl Best Actress 1990 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Mercedes Ruehl Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1991 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mercedes Ruehl Best Supporting Actress 1991 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mel Bourne Best Art Direction 1991 Nominee
Venice International Film Festival Terry Gilliam Silver Lion 1991 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Terry Gilliam Best Director 1991 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Richard LaGravenese Best Original Screenplay 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard LaGravenese Best Original Screenplay 1991 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Robin Williams Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1991 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robin Williams Best Actor 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cindy Carr Best Art Direction 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences George Fenton Best Score 1991 Nominee

Cast

Robin Williams
as Parry
Jeff Bridges
as Jack Lucas
Mercedes Ruehl
as Anne Napolitano
Amanda Plummer
as Lydia Sinclair
Michael Jeter
as Homeless Cabaret Singer
Harry Shearer
as Ben Starr
Mel Bourne
as Carmichael
Howard Feuer
William Jay Marshall
as Jamaican Bum
Adam Bryant
as Radio Engineer
David Hyde Pierce
as Lou Rosen
Ted Ross
as Limo Bum
Lara Harris
as Sondra
Warren Olney
as TV Anchorman
Frazer Smith
as News Reporter
Melinda Culea
as Sitcom Wife
James Remini
as Bum at Hotel
John Ottavino
as Father at Hotel
Jayce Bartok
as First Punk
Dan Futterman
as Second Punk
Bradley Gregg
as Hippie Bum
William Preston
as John the Bum
Al Fann
as Superintendent
Stephen Bridgewater
as Porno Customer
Chris Howell
as Red Knight
Richard LaGravenese
as Strait Jacket Yuppie
Anita Dangler
as Bag Lady
Mark Bringelson
as Drooler
Johnny Paganelli
as Pizza Boy
Diane Robin
as Receptionist
Lisa Blades
as Parry's WIfe
Christian Clemenson
as Edwin
Carlos Carrasco
as Doctor
Joe Jamrog
as Guard
John deLancie
as TV Executive
Lou Hancock
as Nurse
Caroline Cromelin
as Radio Show Call-In
Patrick Fraley
as Radio Show Call-In
Tom Waits
as Disabled Veteran
Kathy Najimy
as Crazed Video Customer
John Ottavino
as Father at Hotel
Dan Futterman
as Second Punk
Warren Olney
as TV Anchorman
Adam Bryant
as Radio Engineer
Anita Dangler
as Bag Lady
Lara Harris
as Sondra
Carlos Carrasco
as Doctor
Johnny Paganelli
as Pizza Boy
Diane Robin
as Receptionist
Bradley Gregg
as Hippie Bum
Lou Hancock
as Nurse
Richard LaGravenese
as Strait Jacket Yuppie
David Hyde Pierce
as Lou Rosen
Lisa Blades
as Parry's WIfe
Stephen Bridgewater
as Porno Customer
James Remini
as Bum at Hotel
William Preston
as John the Bum
Joe Jamrog
as Guard
Ted Ross
as Limo Bum
Mel Bourne
as Carmichael
Tom Waits
as Disabled Veteran
Caroline Cromelin
as Radio Show Call-In
Patrick Fraley
as Radio Show Call-In
Frazer Smith
as News Reporter
Mark Bringelson
as Drooler
Chris Howell
as Red Knight
Melinda Culea
as Sitcom Wife
John deLancie
as TV Executive
Jayce Bartok
as First Punk
Christian Clemenson
as Edwin
Al Fann
as Superintendent
William Jay Marshall
as Jamaican Bum

Crew

Terry Gilliam
Director
Lynda Obst
Producer
Debra Hill
Producer
Richard LaGravenese
Screenwriter
Roger Pratt
Cinematographer
George Fenton
Composer (Music Score)
Lesley Walker
Editor
Mel Bourne
Production Designer
Cindy Carr
Art Director
Stacey Sher
Associate Producer
Anthony Mark
Associate Producer
Cindy Carr
Set Designer
Rick Heinrichs
Set Designer
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor
Costume Designer
Craig Haagensen
Camera Operator
Chris Howell
Stunts
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