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R| 2 hr. 22 min.

Plot Summary
Low-level bureaucrat Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) escapes the monotony of his day-to-day life through a recurring daydream of himself as a virtuous hero saving a beautiful damsel. Investigating a case that led to the wrongful arrest and eventual death of an innocent man instead of wanted terrorist Harry Tuttle (Robert De Niro), he meets the woman from his daydream (Kim Greist), and in trying to help her gets caught in a web of mistaken identities, mindless bureaucracy and lies.

Cast: Jonathan Pryce , Robert De Niro , Katherine Helmond , Ian Holm , Bob Hoskins , Michael Palin , Ian Richardson , Peter Vaughan

Director: Terry Gilliam

Genres: Dark comedy, Fantasy

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Brazil (1985)

Release Date: December 18th, 1985|2 hr. 22 min.

critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • It's a glimmering hunk of fractured brilliance riddled with Orwellian paranoia encased in a production design seemingly pieced together from the shared dreams of Franz Kakfa and Salvador Dali, and shot from cruelly low angles. show more

  • Perhaps it is not supposed to be clear; perhaps the movie's air of confusion is part of its paranoid vision. There are individual moments that create sharp images (shock troops drilling through a ceiling, De Niro wrestling with the almost obscene wiring and tubing inside a wall, the movie's obsession with bizarre duct work), but there seems to be no sure hand at the controls. show more

  • Blindingly obtuse, excessively morose, the film is nevertheless dazzling in its inventive and massive sets and spectacular in its techniques...A powerful work that is both bleakly funny and breathtakingly assured. show more

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