Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Michael Palin, British science fiction

Brazil (1985, United Kingdom)

1985United Kingdom

Categories: totalitarian state1980s sci-fi

Brazil  1985 scifi movie

Running time: 140 minutes

Language: English

Sam Lowry is a low-level government official, who uses his recurring daydreams as way to escape from the depressing bureaucracy and the life he lives. But one day when police force arrests (which equals to kills) a wrong man Lowry tries to fix the error in the central system he discovers the mistake they made and pays a visit to the widow. The upstairs neighbour of the widow is Jill Layton, who looks exactly like a woman from Lowry’s dreams and from that point his life changes completely.

Soon he is visited by freelance heating engineer (which officially means he is terrorist) Archibald Tuttle and when the official engineers notify the changes Tuttle made in Lowry’s apartment it puts Lowry in suspicion of also being a terrorists supporter. Lowry decides to help Jill and at the same time break every rule he was so far following without questioning them.

Brilliant science fiction movie made in typical for Terry Gilliam gloomy style. The totalitarian state where everyone is a small gear in giant machine of "the system" and a daydreamer, who wants to escape from the reality. Great cast, great style and great effect - it is one of the science movies that is hard to forget.

Our rating

8.8 / 10

Overall rating

10 / 10

Reality complexity

4 / 5


4 / 5

Story complexity

4 / 5

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Creators of Brazil

Terry Gilliam films


Terry Gilliam films


Charles McKeown films


Tom Stoppard films


Cast of Brazil

Jonathan Pryce films
as Sam Lowry

Kim Greist films
as Jill Layton

Michael Palin films
as Jack Lint

Robert De Niro films
as Harry Tuttle

Katherine Helmond films
as Ida Lowry

Ian Holm films
as Kurtzmann

Bob Hoskins films
as Spoor

Peter Vaughan films
as Helpmann

Gorden Kaye films
as Lobby Porter

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