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Brazil (1985)

  R HD

Terry Gilliam

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Plot Summary

Hailed for its groundbreaking visual effects and satirical story, Brazil is one of the most highly regarded films of all time and a bona fide cult classic. Jonathan Pryce stars as Sam Lowry, a grey-suited government clerk who finds his life turned upside-down when he gets involved in a case of mistaken identity. Categorized as an enemy of the state, Sam is propelled into a surreal romance with the woman of his dreams, who may also be a terrorist. Co-starring Robert De Niro and Michael Palin, director Terry Gilliam’s modern masterpiece is a pitch-black comedic look at a “perfect” future where technology reigns supreme.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 46
  • Fresh: 45
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 8.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A superb example of the power of comedy to underscore serious ideas, even solemn ones. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Brazil offers a chillingly hilarious vision of the near-future. – Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Gilliam understood that all futuristic films end up quaintly evoking the naive past in which they were made, and turned the principle into a coherent comic aesthetic. – Michael Atkinson, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: [A] darkly funny and truly visionary retro-futurist fantasy. – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, Nov 30, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Love this movie… but not this version.

Brazil had a very… difficult road of production and release. There are currently four primary versions: The European Theatrical Cut (142min.), The US Theatrical Cut (131min. THIS VERSION), The "Love Conquers All" Sheinberg TV Edit (94min. and makes no sense, despite its "happy ending"), and Terry Gilliam's "Final" Director's Cut (142min, but different than the European Cut. Only available via Criterion Collection). Although this version is nowhere near as bad as the "Love Conquers All" version, it still isn't quite Brazil. The European version has minor, cosmetic differences with the "Final" cut, and many less-detail-oriented will not notice any changes (to a film crafted by one of the most detail-oriented artists in film). Highly recommend getting ahold of the Director's preferred "Final" Cut, rather than this not-quite-as-butchered version.

Great movie

This is a really great movie and the cut here, while not the best, is not the worst either. I think most people know the story and the best plan is to get the Criterion collection version and get all the versions. The iTunes blurb states the movie is Full Screen, and it isn’t. iTunes really make a lot of mistakes like this. Movie is widescreen.


I have waited years for this to be available on iTunes !!! Thank you Thank you Thank you!

A great magical revealing film. Prepare to be amazed !