Critics Consensus

Brazil, Terry Gilliam's visionary Orwellian fantasy, is an audacious dark comedy, filled with strange, imaginative visuals.



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Terry Gilliam's 1985 film is a surrealist nightmare of a low-level bureaucrat in a dismal world of the near future.

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Jonathan Pryce
as Sam Lowry
Robert De Niro
as Archibald 'Harry' Tuttle
Michael Palin
as Jack Lint
Kim Greist
as Jill Layton
Ian Holm
as Kurtzmann
Peter Vaughan
as Helpmann
Jim Broadbent
as Dr. Jaffe
Barbara Hicks
as Mrs. Terrain
Sheila Reid
as Mrs. Buttle
John Flanagan
as TV Interviewer/Salesman
Ray Cooper
as Technician
Brian Miller
as Mr. Buttle
Simon Nash
as Boy Buttle
Prudence Oliver
as Girl Buttle
Simon Jones
as Arrest Official
Derek Deadman
as Bill, Department of Works
Nigel Planer
as Charlie, Department of Works
Gorden Kaye
as MOI Lobby Porter
Tony Portacio
as Neighbor in Clerk's Pool
Winston Dennis
as Samurai Warrior
Diana Martin
as Telegram Girl
Jack Purvis
as Dr. Chapman
Elizabeth Spender
as Alison/Barbara Lint
Anthony G. Brown
as Porter, Information Retrieval
Anthony Brown
as Porter, Information Retrieval
Myrtle Devenish
as Typist in Jack's Office
John Pierce Jones
as Basement Guard
Ann Way
as Old Lady with Dog
Terry Forrestal
as Burning Trooper
Don Henderson
as Black Maria Guard
Howard Lew Lewis
as 2nd Black Maria Guard
Howard Lewis
as Black Maria Guard
Oscar Quitak
as Interview Official
Patrick Connor
as Cell Guard
Sadie Corre
as Midget Woman
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Critic Reviews for Brazil

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (10)

  • It's like a stoned, slapstick 1984: a nightmare comedy in which the comedy is just an aspect of the nightmarishness.

    Jan 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • [A] darkly funny and truly visionary retro-futurist fantasy.

    Mar 12, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Brazil is a stinging, Strangelovian satire of the power of the bureaucracy in an Orwellian landscape.

    Oct 16, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Brazil offers a chillingly hilarious vision of the near-future.

    May 30, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • Terry Gilliam's ferociously creative black comedy is filled with wild tonal contrasts, swarming details, and unfettered visual invention -- every shot carries a charge of surprise and delight.

    May 30, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Fortunately the story of an alternative future is realised with such visual imagination and sparky humour that it's only half way through that the plot's weaknesses become apparent.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic

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