About

Low-level bureaucrat Sam Lowry escapes the monotony of his day-to-day life through a recurring daydream of himself as a virtuous hero saving a beautiful damsel. Investigating a case that led to the wrongful arrest and eventual death of an innocent man instead of wanted terrorist Harry Tuttle, he meets the woman from his daydream, and in trying to help her gets caught in a web of mistaken identitie...

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Directed by

Terry Gilliam

Written by

Terry Gilliam (Screenplay)
Charles McKeown (Screenplay)
Tom Stoppard (Screenplay)

Runtime

132 minutes

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Tagline

It's only a state of mind.

Cast

Keywords

dream dark comedy anarchic comedy terror cult film satire government dystopia great britain bureaucracy police state

Photos

Lists

#177 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#83 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time Empire

#165 on 500 Essential Cult Movies Jennifer Eiss

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Steven Jay Schneider

Awards

Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Terry Gilliam Charles McKeown

Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration