Terry Gilliam (1985)

15 Certificate


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In this extraordinary vision of a futuristic bureaucratic hell from director Terry Gilliam, Jonathan Pryce stars as the Orwellian hero, a permanently harassed clerk at the all-seeing Department of Information Retrieval. Pryce is only kept sane by his vivid daydreams, which see him as a heroic flying warrior coming to the aid of a beautiful woman (Kim Greist). As unpredictable as Gilliam's Monty Python animations, this daring and dazzling take on 1984 creates a weird world inhabited by an assortment of crazy characters, including Robert De Niro as an SAS-style repairman. The movie's sledgehammer conclusion gave studio executives sleepless nights. Expect the same.


A lowly civil service worker in a bleak Orwellian future uncovers a computer error by the Ministry of Information which resulted in the torture of an innocent citizen. As he tries to rectify the situation, he encounters the woman of his dreams - but since she is suspected of terrorist activity, he is also deemed an enemy of the state. Terry Gilliam's satirical comedy, with Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Kim Greist and the late Bob Hoskins.

Cast & Crew

Sam Lowry Jonathan Pryce
Archibald "Harry" Tuttle Robert De Niro
Mrs Ida Lowry Katherine Helmond
Mr Kurtzmann Ian Holm
Spoor Bob Hoskins
Jack Lint Michael Palin
Mr Warrenn Ian Richardson
Mr Eugene Helpmann Peter Vaughan
Jill Layton Kim Greist
Dr Jaffe Jim Broadbent
Mrs Terrain Barbara Hicks
Lime Charles McKeown
Dowser Derrick O'Connor
Spiro Bryan Pringle
Mrs Buttle Sheila Reid
Director Terry Gilliam
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Comedy