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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
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CastJeff Bridges, Robin Williams, Adam Bryant, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Lombardi
DirectorTerry Gilliam
Genre:  Comedy
MPAA Rating:  R
Screen WriterRichard LaGravenese
DVD Release Date:  February 16, 1999
Runtime:  137 minutes
Studio:  Sony Pictures
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review by . April 02, 2000
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This is a wonderful film, with Robin Williams putting in what I consider his finest performance. It is also quite a different film - the sets are almost surreal, while showing the plight of homeless people in a stark and uncompromising light. But most of all it is a film that will make you laugh, and make you cry, and I feel you can never want more from entertainment than that. Don't pass it by - it is truly a wonderful film about how you can find salvation in the most unlikely of places.
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