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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Jonathan Pryce
Robert De Niro
Michael Palin
Ian Holm
Directors
Terry Gilliam
Screenwriters
Terry Gilliam
Tom Stoppard
Charles McKeown
Running Time
142 minutes

EMPIRE ESSAY: Brazil
Terry Gilliam's sci-fi masterpiece


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EMPIRE ESSAY: Brazil

Plot
Sam Lowry is a harried technocrat in a futuristic society that is needlessly convoluted and inefficient. He dreams of a life where he can fly away from technology and overpowering bureaucracy, and spend eternity with the woman of his dreams. While trying to rectify the wrongful arrest of one Harry Buttle, Lowry meets the woman he is always chasing in his dreams, Jill Layton. Meanwhile, the bureaucracy has fingered him responsible for a rash of terrorist bombings...


Verdict
Gilliam took Lewis Carroll's mirror and held it up to Hollywood and in the process discovered that he was indeed in one hell of a funhouse.


Reviewed by Bob McCabe

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