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Brazil

Year: 1985
Production Co: Embassy International Pictures
Studio: Universal
Director: Terry Gilliam
Producer: Arnon Milchan
Writer: Terry Gilliam/Tom Stoppard
Cast: Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Bob Hoksins, Michael Palin, Jim Broadbent
From the truly warped but brilliant mind of the world's unluckiest filmmaker Terry Gilliam comes a 1984 -like vision of the future.

Everything about Brazil is a satire speaking volumes about bureaucracy gone mad - a major political and propaganda incident is caused by a fly falling into a printer when the wrong man is arrested and dragged away from his wife and kids for 'processing'.

Low-level information analyst Sam (Pryce) is just trying to stay out of the way in life until he sees a picture of a suspect involved with the snatch, the same woman's who's been in his very Freudian dreams, Jill (Griest).

Throw in a covert terrorist heating engineer, the man the government were really after- Tuttle (De Niro, appearing in only two scenes), and it's a typical Gilliam trip.

Lowry uses his influence at the ministry of information to find out all he can about Jill and eventually goes on the run, to be with her. It's the love story that takes centre stage, but the other elements were undoubtedly forefront in Gilliam's mind, even tough many of them seem barely related to the story apart from presenting a picture of the world Sam and the rest of the cast inhabit.

With a fantastic cast from some of Britain's best and brightest actors, in the end, it's a picture of bleakness - seeing to simply say there's no beating the system.

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