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The Crimson Permanent Assurance (1983)

A group of down-and-out accountants mutiny against their bosses and sail their office building onto the high seas in search of a pirate's life.

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Terry Gilliam

Writer:

Terry Gilliam
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sydney Arnold Sydney Arnold ... Crimson Permanent Assurance Pirate
Guy Bertrand Guy Bertrand
Andrew Bicknell
Ross Davidson Ross Davidson ... Very Big Corporation of America Executive
Myrtle Devenish ... Crimson Permanent Assurance Pirate
Tim Douglas Tim Douglas
Eric Francis Eric Francis ... Crimson Permanent Assurance Pirate
Matt Frewer ... Very Big Corporation of America Yuppie
Billy John Billy John
Russell Kilmister
Peter Mantle Peter Mantle
Len Marten ... Crimson Permanent Assurance Pirate
Peter Merrill Peter Merrill
Cameron Miller Cameron Miller
Gareth Milne Gareth Milne ... Crimson Permanent Assurance Pirate
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Storyline

In the bleak days of 1983, the Crimson Permanent Assurance, an accountancy staffed by elderly workers much like a slave ship, has been taken over by efficiency-minded corporate types. When they sack an employee, there's an uprising, and the building is unleashed from its moorings to sail across the (dry) ocean and take on the financial centers of the world, starting with an all-out attack on the large skyscraper housing The Very Big Corporation of America, complete with filing-cabinet cannons, ceiling-fan broadswords, and paper-spindle short-swords. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1983 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The central model on display inside the boardroom, contains the 'wings' of a Star Wars Tie Fighter. Probably Terry Gilliams thank you after George Lucas had commended him for his Space Battle segment in Monty Pythons Life of Brian. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Meaning of Life (1983) See more »

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Accountancy Shanty
Music & Lyrics by Eric Idle & John Du Prez
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A Taste of a Surrealist Master
16 March 2001 | by Brad_DharmaSee all my reviews

Terry Gilliam has proven himself as an incredible director of dream imagery. the context of his films exist in an unreality complete with sarcasm and satire. Crimson is the perfect example of Gilliam's attitude towards the structure of big business (Brazil also exists on this level). It mixes comedic violence and well-crafted sets to create a intro for The Meaning of Life. Look for Matt Frewer in the meeting room and Michael Palin outside the window.


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