Terry Gilliam

Brazil

Brazil

In the dystopian masterpiece Brazil, Jonathan Pryce plays a daydreaming everyman who finds himself caught in the soul-crushing gears of a nightmarish bureaucracy. This cautionary tale by Terry Gilliam, one of the great films of the 1980s, has come to be esteemed alongside antitotalitarian works by the likes of George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr. And in terms of set design, cinematography, music, and effects, Brazil is a nonstop dazzler.

Film Info

  • Terry Gilliam
  • United Kingdom
  • 1985
  • 142 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • English
  • Spine #51

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer of Terry Gilliam’s 142-minute director’s cut, approved by Gilliam, with DTS-HD Master Audio surround soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary by Gilliam
  • What Is “Brazil”?, Rob Hedden’s on-set documentary (DVD box set and Blu-ray only)
  • The Production Notebook, a collection of interviews and video essays, featuring a trove of Brazil-iana from Gilliam’s personal collection (DVD box set and Blu-ray only)
  • The Battle of “Brazil,” a documentary about the film’s contentious release, hosted by Jack Mathews and based on his book of the same name (DVD box set and Blu-ray only)
  • “Love Conquers All” version, the studio’s 94-minute, happy-ending cut of Brazil, with commentary by Brazil expert David Morgan (DVD box set and Blu-ray only)
  • Trailer (DVD box set and Blu-ray only)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: A new essay by Jack Matthews on the DVD editions and a booklet featuring a new essay by film critic David Sterritt on the Blu-ray

Cover based on a theatrical poster

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer of Terry Gilliam’s 142-minute director’s cut, approved by Gilliam, with DTS-HD Master Audio surround soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary by Gilliam
  • What Is “Brazil”?, Rob Hedden’s on-set documentary (DVD box set and Blu-ray only)
  • The Production Notebook, a collection of interviews and video essays, featuring a trove of Brazil-iana from Gilliam’s personal collection (DVD box set and Blu-ray only)
  • The Battle of “Brazil,” a documentary about the film’s contentious release, hosted by Jack Mathews and based on his book of the same name (DVD box set and Blu-ray only)
  • “Love Conquers All” version, the studio’s 94-minute, happy-ending cut of Brazil, with commentary by Brazil expert David Morgan (DVD box set and Blu-ray only)
  • Trailer (DVD box set and Blu-ray only)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: A new essay by Jack Matthews on the DVD editions and a booklet featuring a new essay by film critic David Sterritt on the Blu-ray

Cover based on a theatrical poster

Brazil
Cast
Jonathan Pryce
Sam Lowry
Robert De Niro
Harry Tuttle
Katherine Helmond
Mrs. Ida Lowry
Ian Holm
Mr. Kurtzmann
Bob Hoskins
Spoor
Michael Palin
Jack Lint
Ian Richardson
Mr. Warrenn
Peter Vaughan
Mr. Helpmann
Kim Greist
Jill Layton
Jim Broadbent
Dr. Jaffe
Barbara Hicks
Mrs. Terrain
Charles McKeown
Lime
Credits
Director
Terry Gilliam
Producer
Arnon Milchan
Coproducer
Patrick Cassavetti
Screenplay
Terry Gilliam
Screenplay
Tom Stoppard
Screenplay
Charles McKeown
Director of photography
Roger Pratt
Editor
Julian Doyle
Original music by
Michael Kamen
Production design
Norman Garwood
Special effects supervisor
George Gibbs
Model effects supervisor
Richard Conway
Costume design
James Acheson
Hair and makeup design
Maggie Weston
Art directors
John Beard
Art directors
Keith Pain

From The Current

The Battle of Brazil Begins
The Battle of Brazil Begins
Today, Brazil is a widely, feverishly loved film, but once upon a time it had its share of detractors—specifically, those who financed it and released it in the U.S. In the documentary The Battle of “Brazil,” critic Jack Mathews charts director…
Brazil: A Great Place to Visit, Wouldn’t Want to Live There
Brazil: A Great Place to Visit, Wouldn’t Want to Live There

Misunderstood by Hollywood, embraced by critics, this fatalistic fantasy remains Terry Gilliam’s ultimate trip.

By David Sterritt

Brazil
Brazil
While researching a book on the making of and the feud over the American release of Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, I read nearly every review published in the U.S., and saw very few that failed to describe the story as “futuristic” or “Orwellian.”…

By Jack Mathews

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A Dystopian Masterpiece in Honolulu

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A Dystopian Masterpiece in Honolulu

Watch Terry Gilliam’s 1985 future-shock fantasia Brazil, playing tonight at the Honolulu Museum of Art.