Terry GilliamUK132 minutes1985ColourEnglish
Terry Gilliam made his most ambitious film with this darkly funny vision of a dystopian future. Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) is a meek clerk in a collapsing, retro-fitted and stiflingly bureaucratic Orwellian state who is only free in his dreams, where he becomes a winged warrior saving a maiden in distress. When he attempts to correct an administrative error that resulted in the arrest and execution of an innocent man, he gets drawn into an underground resistance movement involving a rebel repairman (Robert De Niro) and a young woman (Kim Greist) who is the very image of his dream girl. "Gilliam is a fabulist pregnant with images — exploding with them, actually — and fierce, untamed imagination…. Brazil remains one of the most important films of my life" (Guillermo del Toro).