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Release Date:
18 December 1985 (USA) See more »
It's only a state of mind. See more »
A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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

Derrick O'Connor ... Dowser
Kathryn Pogson ... Shirley
Bryan Pringle ... Spiro
Sheila Reid ... Mrs. Buttle
John Flanagan ... T.V. Interviewer / Salesman
Ray Cooper ... Technician
Brian Miller ... Mr. Buttle
Simon Nash ... Boy Buttle
Prudence Oliver ... Girl Buttle

Simon Jones ... Arrest Official
Derek Deadman ... Bill--Dept. of Works

Nigel Planer ... Charlie--Dept. of Works

Terence Bayler ... T.V Commercial Presente

Gorden Kaye ... M.O.I. Lobby Porter
Tony Portacio ... Neighbour in Clark's Pool
Bill Wallis ... Bespectacled lurker
Winston Dennis ... Samurai Warrior

Jack Purvis ... Dr. Chapman
Elizabeth Spender ... Alison / 'Barbara' Lint
Antony Brown ... Porter - Information Retrieval
Myrtle Devenish ... Typist in Jack's Office
Holly Gilliam ... Holly
John Pierce Jones ... Basement Guard
Ann Way ... Old Lady with Dog
Don Henderson ... First Black Maria Guard
Howard Lew Lewis ... Second Black Maria Guard
Oscar Quitak ... Interview Official
Harold Innocent ... Interview Official
John Grillo ... Interview Official
Ralph Nossek ... Interview Official

David Gant ... Interview Official
James Coyle ... Interview Official
Patrick Connor ... Cell Guard

Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... Priest
Russell Keith Grant ... Young Gallant at Funeral
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sue Hodge ... Forces of Darkness
Sadie Corre ... Midget Woman (uncredited)
Margarita Doyle ... Answering Machine Voice (uncredited)
Dominic Ffytche ... Office Boy (uncredited)
Terry Forrestal ... Running Trooper (uncredited)

Terry Gilliam ... Smoking Man at Shangri-La Towers (uncredited)
John Hasler ... Naughty Little Boy (uncredited)

Frank Jakeman ... Stormtrooper (uncredited)

Sergio Kato ... Interview Official (uncredited)
Peter Sands ... Ida's Boyfriend (uncredited)

Directed by
Terry Gilliam 
Writing credits
Terry Gilliam (screenplay) &
Tom Stoppard (screenplay) &
Charles McKeown (screenplay)

Produced by
Patrick Cassavetti .... co-producer
Arnon Milchan .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Kamen 
Cinematography by
Roger Pratt 
Film Editing by
Julian Doyle 
Casting by
Irene Lamb 
Production Design by
Norman Garwood 
Art Direction by
John Beard 
Keith Pain 
Costume Design by
James Acheson 
Makeup Department
Elaine Carew .... hair stylist
Elaine Carew .... makeup artist
Sallie Evans .... hair stylist
Sallie Evans .... makeup artist
Meinir Jones Brock .... hair stylist (as Meinir Brock)
Meinir Jones Brock .... makeup artist (as Meinir Brock)
Sandra Shepherd .... hair stylist
Sandra Shepherd .... makeup artist
Aaron Sherman .... prosthetic makeup
Maggie Weston .... hair designer
Maggie Weston .... makeup designer
Maralyn Sherman .... prosthetic makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Linda Bruce .... unit manager
Graham Ford .... production manager
Chantal Perrin-Cluzet .... production manager: french unit
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Coleman .... third assistant director
Julian Doyle .... second unit director
Terence Fitch .... additional assistant director
Christopher Newman .... additional assistant director
Chris Thompson .... second assistant director
Guy Travers .... assistant director
Kevin Westley .... additional assistant director
Art Department
Bernard Allum .... graphic artist
Lee Apsey .... supervising carpenter
Michael Bacon .... prop man
George Ball .... property master
Françoise Benoît-Fresco .... assistant art director: France (as Françoise Benoît)
Peter Benson .... stand-by prop
Gordon Billings .... prop man
Dennis Bosher .... assistant art director
Dennis Bovington .... chargehand carpenter
Stephen Bream .... draughtsman
Anthony Cain .... signwriter (as Tony Cain)
Stan Cook .... dressing prop chargehand
Ron Cowan .... drapes
Tom Davies .... supervising carpenter
Gary Dawson .... property master
Belinda Edwards .... production buyer
John Frankish .... art department assistant
Andrew Garnet-Lawson .... scenic artist (as Andrew Lawson)
Maggie Gray .... set dressing designer
Alan Grenham .... construction stand-by
Stephen Hargreaves .... construction stand-by
Richard Harris .... construction stand-by
Brian Higgins .... construction stand-by
Craig Hillier .... assistant construction manager
David Jones .... construction stand-by
Michael Jones .... painter supervisor
Iain Lowe .... construction stand-by
John Martin .... construction stand-by
Bill McMinimee .... dreams and models construction manager
John Murphy .... chargehand plasterer
Colin Osgood .... construction stand-by
Tony Rimmington .... draughtsman
Dave Scutt .... graphic artist
Stephen Tranfield .... plasterer supervisor
Peter Verard .... construction manager
Christine Vincent .... art department research
Barry Vine .... construction stand-by
Robert Voysey .... construction stand-by (as Bob Voisey)
Peter Wallis .... prop man
Kenneth Welland .... chargehand painter (as Ken Welland)
David Wicks .... plasterer supervisor
Dave Wiggins .... rigger supervisor
Dennis Wraight .... construction stand-by
John Wright .... construction stand-by
Steve Pugh .... stagehand (uncredited)
Sound Department
Paul Carr .... sound re-recording mixer
Bob Doyle .... sound recordist
Rodney Glenn .... sound editor
Rosie Straker .... boom operator
Eric Tomlinson .... sound recording engineer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ron Burton .... special effects buyer
Terence J. Cox .... special effects assistant (as Terence Cox)
Martin Gant .... special effects technician
George Gibbs .... special effects supervisor
Darrell Guyon .... special effects runner
Ray Hanson .... special effects technician
Ernest Hill .... special effects assistant
Bob Hollow .... special effects technician (as Robert Hollow)
Dave Knowles .... special effects assistant
David McCall .... special effects technician (as Dave McCall)
Tim Willis .... special effects runner
David Harris .... pyrotechnician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Peter Aston .... model vehicle
Ray Caple .... matte artist
Valerie Charlton .... model maker
Richard Conway .... model effects supervisor
Julian Doyle .... model photographer
Nick Dunlop .... optical effects
Kent Houston .... optical effects
Stefan Lange .... optical effects (as Neil Sharp)
Richard Morrison .... optical effects
Tim Ollive .... optical effects
Roger Pratt .... model photographer
Stanley W. Sayer .... blue screen consultant (as Stanley Sayer)
Tim Spence .... model photographer
Vic Armstrong .... stunts
Toby Clark .... stunt double: Small Sam
Tim Condren .... stunts
George Lane Cooper .... stunts
Clive Curtis .... stunts
Perry Davey .... stunts
Jim Dowdall .... stunts
Terry Forrestal .... stunts
Tex Fuller .... stunts
Martin Grace .... stunts
Frank Henson .... stunts
Nick Hobbs .... stunts
Billy Horrigan .... stunts (as Bill Horrigan)
Wayne Michaels .... stunts
Dinny Powell .... stunts
Greg Powell .... stunts
Terry Richards .... stunts
Tip Tipping .... stunts
Chris Webb .... stunts
Bill Weston .... stunt arranger
Camera and Electrical Department
David Appleby .... still photographer
Peter Butler .... camera grip
Mark Cridlin .... clapper loader
Perry Evans .... electrician
Chuck Finch .... best boy
Jean-Yves Freess .... grip: France
Simon Fulford .... clapper loader
David Garfath .... camera operator
Alan Grosch .... electrician
Brian Herlihy .... additional assistant camera
John Ignatius .... assistant camera
Jean-Claude Le Bras .... chief electrician: France (as Jean-Claude LeBras)
Brian Martin .... best boy
Steve Parker .... additional assistant camera
John 'Porky' Rivers .... grip (as Porky Rivers)
Les Rodhouse .... electrician
Roy Rodhouse .... gaffer
Brian Sullivan .... electrician
Toby Tyler .... electrician
George White .... electrician
Kevin Brookner .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Margery Simkin .... casting: USA
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Martin Adams .... costumes
Anthony Black .... wardrobe assistant
Vin Burnham .... costumes
Jamie Courtier .... costumes
Jean Fairlie .... wardrobe mistress
Annie Hadley .... costumes
Gilly Hebden .... assistant costume editor
Ray Scott .... costumes
Joyce Stoneman .... wardrobe supervisor
Frank Vinall .... wardrobe master
Colin Wilson .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Cilla Beirne .... assistant editor
Peter Compton .... assistant editor
Margarita Doyle .... assistant editor
Brent Eldridge .... digital color correction
Sally Kinnes .... post-production assistant
Keith Lowes .... assistant editor
Roya Salari .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ray Cooper .... music coordinator
Andy Jackson .... additional music recordist
Haydn Bendall .... music recording/mixing engineer (uncredited)
Ray Cooper .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Vic Fraser .... music preparation (uncredited)
Michael Johns .... music editor (uncredited)
Michael Kamen .... conductor (uncredited)
Michael Kamen .... music arranger (uncredited)
Michael Kamen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Sidney Sax .... musician: violin solo (uncredited)
Sidney Sax .... orchestral fixer (uncredited)
Eric Tomlinson .... music mixer (uncredited)
E.C. Woodley .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Margaret Adams .... production coordinator
Alan Arnold .... publicist
Laurence Bodini .... production runner
Lesley Broderick .... assistant accountant
Terry Connors .... production accountant
Ira Curtis-Coleman .... video consultant (as Ira Curtis Coleman)
Nick Dunlop .... title designer
Yves Dutheil .... location manager: France (as Yves Duteil)
Penny Eyles .... script supervisor
Geoff Freeman .... publicist
William Hobbs .... samurai fight arranger (as Bill Hobbs)
Denis Hopperton .... stand-by prop chargehand
Kent Houston .... title designer
Stefan Lange .... title designer (as Neil Sharp)
Elaine Matthews .... trainee continuity (as Melanie Matthews)
Judith May .... cashier
Barry McCormick .... footstep editor
Arnon Milchan .... presenter
Richard Morrison .... title designer
Tim Ollive .... title designer
Katy Radford .... secretary
Hamish Scott .... location researcher
Matthew Scudamore .... production runner
Bob Stilwell .... follow focus
Margarita Doyle .... assistant to Terry Gilliam (uncredited)
Sarah Teboul .... accounting assistant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for some strong violence
132 min | USA:94 min (edited version) | 142 min (director's cut)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) | Finland:K-16 | France:12 | Germany:12 (re-rating) (2003) | Italy:T | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R13 (original rating) | New Zealand:M (re-rating) | Norway:16 (1985) | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R | West Germany:18 (1985-2003)

Did You Know?

Cameo: [Jack Purvis]a regular in the films of Terry Gilliam appears as "Dr. Chapman", a reference to fellow Python Graham Chapman, who had a medical degree.See more »
Continuity: When Tuttle is at Sam's apartment for the first time to fix the heating, he removes the wall-panel and hands it over to Sam twice.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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194 out of 233 people found the following review useful.
Orwell with a Python twist, 29 March 2000
Author: (redneck-6) from Texas, United States

This movie did not leave me with a happy feeling when I was done viewing it, but I definitely found it well worth the time. It posits a dark future world where the government has become a gigantic bureaucratic beast. The simplest exchange requires mountains of paperwork and a strict adherence to procedures has replaced anyone's ability to critically think about what they are doing or stand up to the brutality they know lurks around them. Sam Lowry is a man who seems more than happy to live as a cog in the giant machine. When he sleeps, however, he flies through beautiful blue skies towards the woman of his dreams. As he attempts to correct an "oversight" by the Ministry Of Information for whom he works (one of the more obvious nods to Orwell) which has resulted in an innocent man's death, he finds a woman who appears to be the one in his dreams. The line between his dreams and his reality blur ever further as he goes deeper and deeper into the government machine to find out who she is.

Terry Gilliam once again seems to have spared no expense in making sure every visual element of the world adds up to a cohesive whole which makes you feel as if you're really experiencing the characters' surroundings. And, of course, it is a world rendered realistically enough to feel feasible, and yet surrealistically enough to leave an unforgettable impression on you.

Despite the simplicity of the main plot, the movie is full of subtexts and images which carry a message even though you may not see them on the first viewing. In one scene, a man is buying "clean air" from a vending machine along the street. The sides of the highways are walls of billboards which hide the barren environment beyond. A group of people carry a banner that announces "Consumers for Christ" in a store decorated for the holidays as a small child tells Santa she wants a credit card for Christmas. Actually, therein lies one of the things that may turn some people off to this movie. It seems Gilliam had so many things to say about the state of society today that some people may find the movie lacks a coherent message once it's done. The ending will no doubt come as a shock to many people as well, but it was refreshing to me to see something well outside the Hollywood conventions for a change.

My only real complaint was that Robert De Niro's character was so enjoyable, but saw so little use. Other than that, however, I thought it was a film which presents some compelling things which deserve serious thought, even though most people probably won't be able to get past the trademark Gilliam visual quirkiness to see what he is saying. Eight and a half out of ten from me.

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