Stars: Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, Adam Bryant, Paul Lombardi, David Hyde Pierce
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rating: R (Restricted)
Runtime: 137 minutes
Arthurian mythology and modern day decay seem perfect complements to each other in this Terry Gilliam drama/comedy/fantasy. Shock jock Jack Lucas (Jeff Bridges) makes an off-handed radio remark that causes a man to go on a killing spree, leaving Lucas unhinged with guilt. Lucas's later, chance meeting with Parry (Robin Williams), a homeless man suffering from dementia, gets him involved in the unlikely quest for the Holy Grail. The rickety, and patently unrealistic stand that insanity is just a wonderful place to be, and that the homeless are all errant knights, wears awfully thin, but there are numerous moments of sad grace and violent beauty in this film. The screenplay by Richard LaGravenese launched his successful career and his smart wordplay helped garner Mercedes Ruehl an Oscar as Lucas's girlfriend. --Keith Simanton
I don't believe that God made man in his image. 'Cause most of the shit that happens comes from man. Now I think man was made in the Devil's image. And women were created out of God. 'Cause after all, women can have babies, which is kind of like creating. And which also counts for the fact that women are so attracted to men... 'cause let's face it... the Devil is a hell of a lot more interesting! So the whole point in life is for men and women to get married... so that God and the Devil can get together and work it out.