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Bureaucracy and ductwork run amok in the story of a paperwork mixup that leads to the imprisonment of Mr. Buttle, shoe repairman, instead of Harry Tuttle, illegal freelance Heating Engineer. Bureaucrat Sam Lowry (prone to escapes to a fantasy world) gets branded a terrorist and becomes hunted by the state himself in the process of correcting the mistake.
It's only a state of mind.
Release Date: December 18, 1985
Runtime: 132 mins
All Genres: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
IMDB Rating: 8.0
Buried.com Rating: 9 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With B
MPAA Rating: R
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for some strong violence. (edited version)
Jonathan Pryce ...Sam Lowry
Robert De Niro ...Archibald 'Harry' Tuttle
Katherine Helmond ...Mrs. Ida Lowry
Ian Holm ...Mr. M. 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. Alma Terrain
Charles McKeown ...Harvey 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
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"As Time Goes By"
More Movie Taglines:
- It's only a state of mind.
- We're all in it together.
- It's about flights of fantasy. And the nightmare of reality. Terrorist bombings. And late night shopping. True Love. And creative plumbing.
- Have a laugh at the horror of things to come.
- Suspicion breeds confidence.
- Sam Lowry: I only know you got the wrong man. Jack Lint: Information Transit got the wrong man. I got the *right* man. The wrong one was delivered to me as the right man, I accepted him on good faith as the right man. Was I wrong?
Guard: Don't fight it son. Confess quickly! If you hold out too long you could jeopardize your credit rating.
Sam Lowry: Excuse me, Dawson, can you put me through to Mr. Helpmann's office? Dawson: I'm afraid I can't sir. You have to go through the proper channels. Sam Lowry: And you can't tell me what the proper channels are, because that's classified information? Dawson: I'm glad to see the Ministry's continuing its tradition of recruiting the brightest and best, sir. Sam Lowry: Thank you, Dawson.
Sam Lowry: Give my best to Alison and the twins. Jack Lint: Triplets. Sam Lowry: Triplets? My how time flies
Mr. Warrenn: There you are, your own number on your very own door. And behind that door, your very own office! Welcome to the team, DZ-015
- Terry Gilliam tested more than half a dozen actors to play the part of Jill, interviewing or testing Jamie Lee Curtis, Rebecca De Mornay, Rae Dawn Chong, Joanna Pacula, Rosanna Arquette, Kelly McGillis, Ellen Barkin, and he even considered Madonna. Gilliam's personal favorite was Barkin.
Robert De Niro wanted to play the role of Jack, but Gilliam had already promised this to Michael Palin. De Niro still wanted to be in the film, so he was cast as Tuttle instead.
Jonathan Pryce's role as Sam was written years earlier with him in mind. The character was originally designed to be in his mid-twenties (Pryce was only about 30 when Gilliam was developing the script), but after many years in limbo, Gilliam changed the character's age to mid-to-late thirties so that then-37-year-old Pryce could still play the role.
Director Terry Gilliam was reported to have been rather unhappy with Kim Greist's performance, and as a result many of her scenes were drastically cut and/or trimmed down. Some of these were added for the Sid Sheinberg "Love Conquers All" studio version.
Gilliam had trouble with studio producers over the black ending he wanted on the film. The producers wanted a "happy Hollywood" film which eliminated (among other things) the final transition and a critical line of dialogue which reveals the fate of Jill. These changes were made, and this "butchered" version was shown on US television at least once. Gilliam threatened to disown the film, and consequently the cinematic release and all videotape versions show the film essentially as he intended it to be seen (although the US cinematic release still omitted the line about Jill).
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