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A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state.



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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, and both Sam and Jill's lives are put in danger. Written by Philip Brubaker <>

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Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Бразилия  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)


$9,929,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


| (edited) | (director's cut)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Katherine Helmond, Terry Gilliam called her and said, "I have a part for you, and I want you to come over and do it, but you're not going to look very nice in it." See more »


When Sam is in Helpmann's office looking at the printer, pre-printed text can clearly be seen on the feeder roll. See more »


[first lines]
Singers: [TV commercial jingle] Central Services: We do the work, you do the pleasure.
TV commercial pitchman: Hi, there. I want to talk to you about ducts.
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Crazy Credits

The closing shot of Lowry incarcerated humming to himself provides the backdrop for the end credits. See more »


Referenced in South Park: Go God Go XII (2006) See more »


Sam Lowry's 1st Dream
Written by Kate Bush
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User Reviews

One of the top ten films of all times
29 March 2005 | by (Bogota,Colombia) – See all my reviews

Brazil is definitively one of the top ten movies of all times. Its a sort of anti-Utopian spectacle, in the same fashion of George Orwell's 1984. The movie has a very complex sequence of events, which require more than one viewing for full understanding. In fact, the first time i saw Brazil, i didn't enjoy it much. But then i gave it a second chance, and the pleasure of watching it increased exponentially. The more I watch it, the more I discover hidden aspects and new ways to interpret this masterful creation. The scenario is extraordinary, mixing long pipe lines and a almost omnipresent Gothic atmosphere. If you didn't like the movie the first time you saw it, don't be by any means discouraged. This movie requires patience and an active role from the viewer. Finally, Brazil deserves special praise for all the dream-like sequences of the main character and the music fits in perfectly well.

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