Brazil

United Kingdom, 1985

Film
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This nightmarish futuristic satire effectively blurs all lines between illusion and reality. Sam Lowrey, an unambitious government statistician, chooses to ignore the decaying drone-like world around him. Whenever real life becomes too oppressive, Sam fantasizes about being a superhero forever rescuing beautiful Jill Layton. When the omnipresent computer that controls everything in the “real” world malfunctions it causes the mistaken-identity assassination of an innocent citizen. When Sam routinely investigates the error, he meets Jill, literally the girl of his dreams. It turns out, however, that she is an associate of a terrorist whom the computer had originally intended to target for execution. Cast includes: Jonathan Pryce, Michael Palin, Kim Greist, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins and Robert De Niro.

Credits

director

Terry Gilliam

producer

Arnon Milchan

production company

Embassy International Pictures

Language

English

Duration

02:17:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

39010

Audience classification

MA

Subject categories

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Surrealism in motion pictures

Comedy

Comedy → Black comedy

Comedy → Satire

Crafts & Visual Arts → Surrealism in motion pictures

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Dystopias

Fantasy & Science Fiction

Fantasy & Science Fiction → Fantasy

Fantasy & Science Fiction → Science fiction films

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Great Britain

Magic, Occult & Supernatural → Dystopias

Magic, Occult & Supernatural → Fantasy

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Future life

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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