Brazil script
Brazil (1985)
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.

The TECHNICIAN fails to notice this and the machine

continues smoothly TUTWOOD, Thomas T. ... TUZCZLOW,



Thank you very much, Deputy Minister.


Thank you, David ... and a very merry

Christmas to you all.


ZOOMING past foreground outdoor Xmas decorations we

TIGHTEN in on one of several massive residential tower

blocks that loom over what appears to be a poorer part of

the city


HELPMANN and INTERVIEWER are on the TV, the end credits

rolling over them to the beat of a Mozart theme tune.

PULLING BACK we reveal that the TV is in a conventional

sitting room, conventionally decorated for Christmas; out

the room is oddly encumbered by huge metal conduits that

snake unpleasantly across and through the walls. Smaller

conduits radiate from the main one connecting the various

services that Central Services (the name emblazoned on the

metal) supply to this household. A conventionally poor but

proud family occupies the room. MRS BUTTLE is reading

Dickens' Christmas Carol to GIRL BUTTLE who is about six.

BOY BUTTLE plays quietly with a toy machine gun and some

action men dressed in security gear. MR. BUTTLE is putting

the final touches to a neatly wrapped Christmas present

which looks identical to the "executive toy" we have just

seen in he TECHNICIAN'S office.

Faintly from outside comes a burst of laughter. A tilt of

the CAMERA indicates that the laughter is coming from the

floor above.

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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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