During Sam's escape from the torture chamber police advance down a set of stairs preceded by a cleaning cart as a reference to the famous scene on the Odessa steps.
A few of the shots involving the robot about 15 min. into the movie are homages to the "eating machine" in Modern Times. The "split desk" scene later in the film could also be looked at as a reference.
wall sign: The movie has many references to classic films
Opening sequence (clouds) is shot for shot... entire story of man entwined within his dreams. Gilliam likewise acknowledges 8 and 1/2 on the DVD release as his inspiration for all his work.
When Sam is about to enter Jack's office, there is a drop of blood on the floor which he smears with his foot - this is a clear visual reference to an almost identical shot in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" when Blondie is called into Angeleye's room after Tuco has been tortured
characters Archibald & Veronica Buttle named after the famous cartoon couple Archie and Veronica
Man flying on mechanical wings.
Harry Tuttle is named after a running gag in MASH's first season
'Brazil' uses a piece of music in the first Ian Holm scenes that was notably used in a comic sequence in Gilliam's previous film, 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail'.
Man chased by large samurai in dream
Sam slays the masked Samurai, to find his own face behind the mask.
Security guard's death alludes to "Brazil".
VHS box seen in video store
Joel: "Looks like a set from 'Brazil'."
Poster visible in video store.
Similar shot when Mickey first sits in the chair at the doctor lair.
Jakob Stegelmann visits Rocket Science Games, mentioning the film
Flight code is ereiamjh - code from Brazil (1985)
Poster of this movie is shown.
In Brazil, sam drives a Messerschmitt through a dystopian society. In GTA2, you can drive a car known as a "Schmitt" from an overhead view. The real referance is that your car can catch on fire as seen from an overhead view and Sam's is also set on fire and seen from an overhead view when he looks out to see Jill from the apartment complex
Similarities in Gilliams bureacratic dystopia sub-plot
In the "CIA HQ" mission, we learn that a targetted character is in the "Information Retrieval" department. This is a probable reference to the fictional department the main character from "Brazil" worked in.
Rory says that Paris's description of her mother's cosmetic surgery sounds like something from the film.
In Brazil, the main character ends up being strapped to a torture-chair-thing, while someone he trusts is about to drill out his eyes (POV shot). This also happens in O.U.A.T.I.M. Also, in one of the scenes blood appears on the camera lens, which also happens during aforementioned scene in Brazil.
Video case is shown in a video store.
Mentioned in a magazine article.
The female lead mentions this film in her voice-over.
BraintrusDV (http://www.braintrustdv.com/interviews/slouching-eng.html) related the ending of "Brazil" with the ending of "FAQ".
this film is discussed and stills are shown
Scotty has a book about this movie called "The Battle of Brazil
In the beginning of mission 5, if you interrogate the first guard you encounter, Sam will talk about him being "Henry Tuttle", and the guard will remind you to fill out a 267b/6. Altough in the film it's just a 27b/6.
Title shown on scrolling review text
While talking to Ian Holm, Nicholas Cage mentions a character named Kurtzman. Kurtzman was a character played by Holm in Brazil.
A one-letter glitch in bureaucratic records sets the plot in motion.
Makes the countdown, is talked about.
The cap Cartman wears when using the time phone is based on the caps worn by engineers in this futuristic film.
Referenced by name
Uncle Alfie (Peter Vaughan bound to the wheelchair) needs considerable help to get to/onto the toilet. The scene is almost identical to the scene in Brazil where Mr. Helpman (again Peter Vaughan in a wheelchair) needs Sams assistance for the same business.
Poster of this film in the girls' room
Referenced by name
The car of the Fulcrum agent following Chuck and finally kidnapping Jill is labeled "Tuttle electric". This references the character of engineer/"terrorist" Harry Tuttle in Terry Gilliam's "Brazil".
When the band arrives in Brazil, the theme song from the movie Brazil is played over a shot of clouds in the sky.
the fact that 3 different verison of this film are on DVD is mentioned
***SPOILER*** Both Sam Lowry and Remy face a beaurocratic organization. Later, when they are convinced of their victory over the system, it is revealed that they are just living an illusion, while in reality they were defeated.
ambiguous title, themes
In the Ministry of Magic, a walking bureaucrat is followed by a swarm of note takers. Later, Yaxley is attacked by flying sheets of paper.
Says how the movie has nothing to do with the location of Brazil
Poster on the classroom wall.
detailing Gilliam's film career
In the bank scene when they are taken into the office, the bank lady asks if they have a "27B stroke 6". This is the form that Sam Lowry asks the plumbers at Central Services for when they turn up in his apartment in Brazil.
the missing "casefile form" in the episode has the same name as the infamous "Form 27B/6" that plunges Sam Lowry into a beaurocratic nightmare in the film.
Just before Sam Lowry says "Here's looking at you" to his boss, Humphrey Bogart's character in Casablanca can be heard saying that same, famous line "Here's looking at you, kid". Thus, the film is heard in the background, but actually never seen on screen.
Features a clip from the movie.
Clips are shown.
Clips are shown
Clip of police storming into a home is used.
Clips are shown
Clips are shown
A fragment is shown.
The #5 Dream Sequence
clip used to illustrate how hard US Congress works
One scene, a conversation between two men in snap brim trilby hats where they warily seem to talk around a subject so as not to give the other too much to go on was lifted intact for Terry Gilliam's Brazil (1985).
Elsa, the pteradactyl, flies with Louie through the N.Y.C. sky scrapers and over the parade towing ballons. Much like in Sam's dream where he flies through the stone monoliths and watches the FODS tow Jill in the rusty cage
nightmarish scene at work where Stéphane sits at his desk (which is stacked high with piles of paper) then his hands increase in size until he can't work
Finn being trapped in a torture chair and scared of the brain machine. Jake comes to the rescue, but pretty soon it is all in his head.