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Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond
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Directed by: Terry Gilliam
Written by: Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown

Released: 1985
Origin: GB
Colour: C
Length: 142

Some time in the future, a clerk in the Ministry of Information (Jonathan Pryce) falls foul of the authorities.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Terry Gilliam's pessimistic view of the future veers between brilliance and self-indulgence; but there are moments which switch memorably from comedy to terror. The art direction is outstanding and has proved influential on films such as Delicatessen (1990). The plot is muddled and hard to follow, the second half drags, and the ending is off-puttingly grim; but this remains one of the most strikingly cinematic films of its decade. Contemporary reviews were mixed, but critics rallied when Gilliam refused Universalís instruction to change his downbeat ending. Since then, the film has built up a cult following and even been hailed as a masterpiece. The art direction as Oscar-nominated.

"Walter Mitty meets Franz Kafka."

(Terry Gilliam)

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