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

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  • Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 3 nominations.
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Sam Lowry
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Harry Tuttle
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Mrs. Ida Lowry
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Mr. Kurtzmann
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Spoor
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Jack Lint
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Mr. Warrenn
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Mr. Helpmann
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Jill Layton
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Dr. Jaffe
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Mrs. Terrain
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Lime
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Dowser
Kathryn Pogson ...
Shirley
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Spiro
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Mrs. Buttle
John Flanagan ...
T.V. Interviewer / Salesman
Ray Cooper ...
Technician
Brian Miller ...
Mr. Buttle
Simon Nash ...
Boy Buttle
Prudence Oliver ...
Girl Buttle
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Arrest Official
Derek Deadman ...
Bill - Dept. of Works
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Charlie - Dept. of Works
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T.V Commercial Presenter
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M.O.I. Lobby Porter
Tony Portacio ...
Neighbour in Clerk's Pool
Bill Wallis ...
Bespectacled Lurker
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Samurai Warrior
Toby Clark ...
Small Sam Double
Diana Martin ...
Telegram Girl
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Dr. Chapman
Elizabeth Spender ...
Alison / 'Barbara' Lint
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Porter - Information Retrieval
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Typist in Jack's Office
Holly Gilliam ...
Holly
John Pierce Jones ...
Basement Guard
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Old Lady with Dog
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First 'Black Maria' Guard
Howard Lew Lewis ...
Second 'Black Maria' Guard
Oscar Quitak ...
Interview Official
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Interview Official
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Interview Official
Ralph Nossek ...
Interview Official
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Interview Official
James Coyle ...
Interview Official
Patrick Connor ...
Cell Guard
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Priest
Russell Keith Grant ...
Young Gallant at Funeral
Mark Holmes ...
Performer: 'Forces Of Darkness'
Lynne Brotchie ...
Performer: 'Forces Of Darkness' (as Lyn Brotchie)
Janet Hampson ...
Performer: 'Forces Of Darkness'
Judith Morse ...
Performer: 'Forces Of Darkness'
Jo Phillips ...
Performer: 'Forces Of Darkness'
Connie Thomas ...
Performer: 'Forces Of Darkness'
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Performer: 'Forces Of Darkness'
Noel Butler ...
Performer: 'Forces Of Darkness' (as Noël Butler)
Christopher Barr ...
Performer: The 'Expediters'
Ray Hatfield ...
Performer: The 'Expediters'
Paul Hillier ...
Performer: The 'Expediters'
Saul Jephcott ...
Performer: The 'Expediters'
Colin Stepney ...
Performer: The 'Expediters'
David Straun ...
Performer: The 'Expediters'
Paul Waller ...
Performer: The 'Expediters'
Rojer Whieldon ...
Performer: The 'Expediters'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sadie Corre ...
Midget Woman (uncredited)
Margarita Doyle ...
Answering Machine (uncredited) (voice)
Dominic Ffytche ...
Office Boy (uncredited)
Terry Forrestal ...
Running Trooper (uncredited)
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Smoking Man at Shangri-La Towers (uncredited)
John Hasler ...
Naughty Little Boy (uncredited)
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Stormtrooper (uncredited)
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Interview Official (uncredited)
Henry Roberts ...
Man in Street (uncredited)
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Ida's Boyfriend (uncredited)
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Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
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Giant Man with Bottle (uncredited)

Directed by

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Terry Gilliam

Written by

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Terry Gilliam ... (screenplay by) &
Tom Stoppard ... (screenplay by) &
Charles McKeown ... (screenplay by)

Produced by

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Patrick Cassavetti ... co-producer
Arnon Milchan ... producer

Music by

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Michael Kamen ... (original music by)

Cinematography by

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Roger Pratt ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Julian Doyle

Editorial Department

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Cilla Beirne ... editing assistant
Peter Compton ... editing assistant
Margarita Doyle ... editing assistant
Keith Lowes ... editing assistant
Roya Salari ... editing assistant

Casting By

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Irene Lamb

Production Design by

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Norman Garwood

Art Direction by

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John Beard
Keith Pain

Costume Design by

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James Acheson

Makeup Department

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Elaine Carew ... hairdressing / make-up
Sallie Evans ... hairdressing / make-up
Meinir Jones-Lewis ... hairdressing (as Meinir Brock) / make-up (as Meinir Brock)
Sandra Shepherd ... hairdressing / make-up
Aaron Sherman ... prosthetic make-up
Maggie Weston ... hair designer / make-up designer
Maralyn Sherman ... prosthetic make-up (uncredited)

Production Management

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Linda Bruce ... unit manager
Graham Ford ... production manager
Chantal Perrin-Cluzet ... production manager: French unit

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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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

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Bernard Allum ... graphic artist
Lee Apsey ... supervising carpenter
Michael Bacon ... prop man
George Ball ... prop master
Françoise Benoît-Fresco ... assistant art director: French unit (as Françoise Benoit)
Peter Benson ... standby prop
Gordon Billings ... prop man
Dennis Bosher ... assistant art director
Dennis Bovington ... chargehand carpenter
Stephen Bream ... draughtsman
Anthony Cain ... sign writer (as Tony Cain)
Stan Cook ... dressing prop chargehand
Ron Cowan ... drapes
Tom Davies ... supervising carpenter
Gary Dawson ... prop 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
Craig Hillier ... assistant construction manager
Denis Hopperton ... standby prop chargehand
Michael Jones ... supervising painter
John Martin ... construction stand-by
John Murphy ... chargehand plasterer
Colin Osgood ... construction stand-by
Tony Rimmington ... draughtsman
Dave Scutt ... graphic artist
Steve Tranfield ... supervising plasterer (as Stephen Tranfield)
Peter Verard ... construction manager
Christine Vincent ... art department research
Barry Vine ... construction stand-by
Peter Wallis ... prop man
Kenneth Welland ... chargehand painter (as Ken Welland)
David Wicks ... supervising plasterer
Dave Wiggins ... supervising rigger
Ronald Lenoir ... chargehand rigger (uncredited)
Steve Pugh ... stagehand (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Paul Carr ... re-recording mixer
Bob Doyle ... sound recordist
Rodney Glenn ... sound editor
Barry McCormick ... editor: footsteps
Rosie Straker ... boom operator

Special Effects by

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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

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Peter Aston ... model vehicle
Ray Caple ... matte artist
Valerie Charlton ... model maker
Richard Conway ... model effects supervisor
Ira Curtis-Coleman ... video consultant (as Ira Curtis Coleman)
Julian Doyle ... effects photography / model photography
Nick Dunlop ... opticals effects
Brian Higgins ... construction stand-by: effects / construction stand-by: models
Kent Houston ... opticals effects
David Jones ... construction stand-by: effects / construction stand-by: models
Stefan Lange ... opticals effects (as Neil Sharp)
Iain Lowe ... construction stand-by: effects / construction stand-by: models
Bill McMinimee ... construction manager: dreams / construction manager: models
Richard Morrison ... opticals effects
Tim Ollive ... opticals effects
Roger Pratt ... effects photography / model photography
Stanley W. Sayer ... blue screen consultant (as Stanley Sayer)
Keith Short ... modeller
Tim Spence ... effects photography / model photography
Robert Voysey ... construction stand-by: effects (as Bob Voisey) / construction stand-by: models (as Bob Voisey)
Dennis Wraight ... construction stand-by: effects / construction stand-by: models
John Wright ... construction stand-by: effects / construction stand-by: models
Jim Michaels ... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Ron Saks ... insert graphics (uncredited)

Stunts

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Vic Armstrong ... stunt performer
Tim Condren ... stunt performer
George Lane Cooper ... stunt performer (as George Cooper)
Clive Curtis ... stunt performer
Perry Davey ... stunt performer
Jim Dowdall ... stunt performer
Terry Forrestal ... stunt performer
Tex Fuller ... stunt performer
Martin Grace ... stunt performer
Frank Henson ... stunt performer
Nick Hobbs ... stunt performer
William Hobbs ... fight arranger: samurai (as Bill Hobbs)
Billy Horrigan ... stunt performer (as Bill Horrigan)
Wayne Michaels ... stunt performer
Dinny Powell ... stunt performer
Greg Powell ... stunt performer
Terry Richards ... stunt performer
Tip Tipping ... stunt performer
Chris Webb ... stunt performer
Bill Weston ... stunt arranger

Camera and Electrical Department

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David Appleby ... stills photographer
Peter Butler ... camera grip
Mark Cridlin ... clapper loader
Perry Evans ... electrician
Chuck Finch ... best boy
Jean-Yves Freess ... grip: French unit
Simon Fulford ... clapper loader
David Garfath ... camera operator
Alan Grosch ... electrician
Brian Herlihy ... additional camera assistant
John Ignatius ... camera assistant
Jean-Claude Le Bras ... chief electrician: French unit (as Jean-Claude Lebras)
Brian Martin ... best boy
Steve Parker ... additional camera assistant
John 'Porky' Rivers ... grip (as Porky Rivers)
Les Rodhouse ... electrician
Roy Rodhouse ... gaffer electrician
Bob Stilwell ... follow focus
Brian Sullivan ... electrician
Toby Tyler ... electrician
George White ... electrician
Kevin Brookner ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Margery Simkin ... casting director: U.S.A.

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Martin Adams ... costume: Samurai Warrior / costumes: Dream Sam / costumes: Forces of Darkness
Anthony Black ... wardrobe assistant
Vin Burnham ... costumes: Dream Sam / costumes: Forces of Darkness
Jamie Courtier ... costumes: Dream Sam / costumes: Forces of Darkness
Jean Fairlie ... wardrobe mistress
Annie Hadley ... costume: Samurai Warrior
Gilly Hebden ... assistant costume designer
Ray Scott ... costumes: Dream Sam / costumes: Forces of Darkness
Joyce Stoneman ... wardrobe supervisor
Frank Vinall ... wardrobe master
Colin Wilson ... wardrobe assistant

Location Management

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Yves Dutheil ... location manager: French unit (as Yves Duteil)
Hamish Scott ... location research

Music Department

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Ray Cooper ... music co-ordinator
Andy Jackson ... additional music recording
Eric Tomlinson ... music recording
Haydn Bendall ... music engineer (uncredited)
Ray Cooper ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Vic Fraser ... music preparation (uncredited)
Michael Johns ... music editor (uncredited)
Michael Kamen ... arranger (uncredited) / conductor (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)
Sidney Sax ... musician: violin solo (uncredited) / orchestral fixer (uncredited)
E.C. Woodley ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

Other crew

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Margaret Adams ... production co-ordinator
Alan Arnold ... publicist
Laurence Bodini ... production runner
Lesley Broderick ... assistant accountant
Terry Connors ... production accountant
Nick Dunlop ... titles
Penny Eyles ... script supervisor
Geoff Freeman ... publicist
Mark Holmes ... arranger: 'Forces Of Darkness]
Kent Houston ... titles
Sally Kinnes ... post-production assistant
Stefan Lange ... titles (as Neil Sharp)
Elaine Matthews ... trainee: continuity (as Melanie Matthews)
Judith May ... cashier
Arnon Milchan ... presenter
Richard Morrison ... titles
Tim Ollive ... titles
Katy Radford ... secretary: director / secretary: producer
Matthew Scudamore ... production runner
Heather Seymour ... choreographer: The 'Expediters'
Lisa Weston ... publicity liaison
Margarita Doyle ... assistant: Terry Gilliam (uncredited)
Sarah Teboul ... accounting assistant (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 Tuttle, 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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Taglines It's only a state of mind. See more »
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Also Known As
  • 1984 and 1/2 (United Kingdom)
  • 1984½ (United Kingdom)
  • Brazilija (Lithuania)
  • Бразилия (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Mirai seiki Burajiru (Japan)
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Runtime
  • 132 min
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Budget $15,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Terry Gilliam was asked to do a film class during the battle of this movie at the University of Southern California. Terry agreed, and took advantage of the situation by preparing to bring an "audio visual aid", which was his cut of the movie, which would have been allowed. Unfortunately, two days before the event, students advertised a free screening of the movie. When he arrived, it was announced that Universal would not allow him to show it. During his speech to the class, he was interrupted by studio executives' phone calls. They eventually allowed him to show a clip. He showed the entire movie, and repeated the screenings for over two weeks. It was during one of these screenings, that Los Angeles film critics saw it, and awarded it the Best Picture of the Year award, which was responsible for getting it released the way Gilliam wanted it. See more »
Goofs The "Trucking" magazine behind Jill's head during the truck chase is first folded, then open. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012). See more »
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Crazy Credits Sidney Sheinberg's name is listed in the credits next to Worst Boy. Terry Gilliam and Sheinberg fought notoriously over the content and release of the film. See more »
Quotes Jill Layton: Care for a little necrophilia? Hmmm?
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