1985 comedic film about a bureaucratic future, written and directed by Terry Gilliam


Brazil (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Brazil (first released on February 20, 1985) is a dystopic black comedy feature film directed by Monty Python member Terry Gilliam. It was written by Terry Gilliam, Charles McKeown, and Tom Stoppard. It stars Jonathan Pryce, and features Robert De Niro, Kim Greist, Michael Palin, Katherine Helmond, Bob Hoskins, and Ian Holm. Co-writer McKeown also has a small role. ..."

Cast and Crew

Robert De NiroArchibald 'Harry' Tuttle
Jonathan PryceSam Lowry

Video Products

Brazil - Criterion Collection, 13 Jul 1999
Commentary by directory Terry Gilliam and several other features, 3 discs
Brazil - Widescreen, 1 Apr 2003


Freedom's Flicks: The 20 Best Libertarian Movies of all Time, Nov 1999
The Orange County Register picks movies for "freedom lovers"
"1. Brazil (1985). Watch the painful inner workings of a futuristic bureaucracy where individualism is crushed. Directed by Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam, the movie is a surrealistic view of a society in which everything seems to be run by a kind of global DMV. Trying to fix a bureaucratic snafu that led to the arrest of the wrong man, lowly bureaucrat Sam Lowry becomes himself the enemy of the state. Brazil is a zany classic of the libertarian belief in the importance of individual's dignity and freedom against an all-powerful government. Given the increase in government of recent years, it's even more chilling than when first released 13 years ago."


Brazil (1985)
    by Jon Osborne, Miss Liberty's Guide to Film and Video, 2001
"... this film portrays a bleak totalitarian future. That future includes elements from the recent Nazi and Soviet past: authoritarian-style art, militaristic outfits, torture, and absurd bureaucracy. It also includes elements from the present American situation: suddent, violent, BATF-style entrances into people's homes, vast databases of information on private individuals, and a strange public tolerance for it all. ... Director Terry Gilliam, of Monty Python fame, infuses the film with Pythonesque brand of humor—dry, British, and sometimes bizarre."
Brazil (1985), by Stephen W. Carson
"There are definite moments of quirky humour, but make no mistake, the oppressive government in this film is portrayed in a suitably dark light ... Don't miss Robert DeNiro as the heroic black market entrepreneur who keeps one step ahead of the government so that he can do good home repairs without all the bureaucracy."