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In a totalitarian society, a mixed-up identity haunts a low-level government employee (Jonathan Pryce), who also meets a woman (Kim Greist) he falls for. Terry Gilliamā€™s most lauded film is a dystopian satire attacking an authoritarian bureaucracy. Obviously echoes of Kafka here ā€“ and Monty Python, as in a hilariously absurd scene where a dinner conversation continues undisturbed during a bombing. The dark production design, blending old and new, creates a feeling of timelessness. But as in other Gilliam ventures, the story feels like it isnā€™t really moving in spite of the frenetic pace and many rich details.

1985-U.S.-Britain. 131 min. Color. Directed byĀ Terry Gilliam. Screenplay: Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown. Cinematography: Roger Pratt. Production Design: Norman Garwood. Cast: Jonathan Pryce (Sam Lowry), Kim Greist (Jill Layton), Robert De Niro (Archibald ā€Harryā€ Tuttle), Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskinsā€¦ Michael Palin, Ian Richardson, Jim Broadbent.

BAFTA: Best Production Design, Special Visual Effects.Ā 



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