Synopsis: Low-level bureaucrat Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) 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 (Robert De Niro), he meets the woman from his daydream (Kim Greist), and in trying to help her gets caught in a web of mistaken identities, mindless bureaucracy and lies.
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Actors: Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm
Production: Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
132 min

CUT TO the BEETLE droning up near the ceiling.

The TECHNICIAN is disturbed by the buzz of the BEETLE as

it whirrs around the fluorescent light. He rolls up some

paper and forms and gets up to swat the insect.

Scenes 4-12 Deleted.4-12 Deleted.


The TECHNICIAN gets up and balances a chair on top of his

desk. He climbs up onto it attempting to swat the BEETLE

still buzzing about the room just out of reach. Beneath

him an automatic type-writing machine rattles away

compiling a typed list of names under the heading

"Information Retrieval, Subjects For Detention &

Interview". The machine is being fed from a spool of paper

which is being rhythmically chopped by an automatic

guillotine which neatly leaves each name on a separate

sheet, with the title above each name, each sheet

following its predecessor into a holding basket. In CLOSE-

UP we see the names on the sheets of paper building up in

the holding basket: TONSTED, Simon ... TOPPER, Martin F.

... TROLLOPE, Benjamin G. ... TURB, William K. ... TURNER,

John D. ... Every name begins with T.


Do you think that the government is

winning the battle against



On yes. Our morale is much higher

than theirs, we're fielding all their

strokes, running a lot of them out,

and pretty consistently knocking them

for six. I'd say they're nearly out

of the game.

The TECHNICIAN is tottering on one leg on the chair on the

desk as he strains to swat the BEETLE. Swish, swash, oops,

WHAP! Gottcha!!


But the bombing campaign is now in

its thirteenth year ...


Beginner's luck.

The BEETLE's career comes to a halt ... squashed flat on

the brilliantly clean ceiling ... or has it? As the

TECHNICIAN clambers down from the rickety heights, the

BEETLE's carcass comes unstuck from the ceiling and drops

silently into the typewriting machine which hiccoughs,

hesitates and then types the letter "B" and hesitates and

then continues so that the next name is BUTTLE, Archibald.

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Terry Gilliam

Terrence Vance "Terry" Gilliam is an American-born British screenwriter, film director, animator, actor, comedian and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. more…

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