Brazil (R)

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Brazil (1985)

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Time Out says

Fortunately the story of an alternative future is realised with such visual imagination and sparky humour that it's only half way through that the plot's weaknesses become apparent. Like 1984, it looks forward from the '40s to a vast urban society ruled by an oppressive bureaucracy that has developed primitive valve computers. Pryce plays a worker in the all-powerful Ministry of Information, and the best moments arise when his flat's central heating system becomes a kind of spiritual battleground between guerrilla engineer De Niro and his state opposite number Hoskins. Here Gilliam fuses terror and comedy with real brilliance; elsewhere the plot's gaping holes reduce the film to a glittering novelty.

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Rated:

R

US release:

Wed Dec 18, 1985

Duration:

132 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Robert De Niro, Ian Richardson, Jonathan Pryce, Michael Palin, Bob Hoskins

Producer:

Arnon Milchan

Screenwriter:

Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown

Director:

Terry Gilliam

Cinematography:

Roger Pratt

Editor:

Julian Doyle

Music:

Michael Kamen

Production Designer:

Norman Garwood

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