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A still from the film Brazil of a man in a kimono pulling the skin from a woman's face

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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Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Duration:142 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Terry Gilliam
  • Screenwriter:Charles McKeown, Tom Stoppard, Terry Gilliam
  • Cast:
    • Katherine Helmond
    • Michael Palin
    • Jonathan Pryce
    • Ian Richardson
    • Robert De Niro
    • Ian Holm
    • Bob Hoskins
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