(out of 5)

Terry Gilliam’s impressive vision of a ‘retro-future’ has lost a little of its original bloom but is still a very impressive work of art. Jonathan Pryce plays a bureaucrat in an Orwellian society who one day notices an error in paperwork that leads to the arrest of an innocent man.  Pryce attempts to correct this problem but only ends up creating even bigger ones that never go away, all the while dreaming of vacationing in exotic Brazil with the woman of his dreams. Intoxicating visuals and awe-inspiring set design will impress you the most, but the screenplay, which is heavily inspired by science-fiction writers of the past, is also worth noting. I find Twelve Monkeys more enjoyable, but there’s no denying the influence of this critically acclaimed favourite.

United Kingdom, 1985

Directed by Terry Gilliam

Screenplay by Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown

Cinematography by Roger Pratt

The Criterion Collection

Academy Award Nominations
Best Art Direction (art direction: Norman Garwood; set decoration: Maggie Gray)
Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly For the Screen) (Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown)

Los Angeles Film Critics Awards
Best Picture
Best Director (Terry Gilliam)
Best Screenplay (Terry Gilliam, Charles McKeown, Tom Stoppard)

National Society of Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Supporting Actor (Ian Holm)
Best Screenplay (Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown)

British Academy Awards
Best Special Visual Effects
Best Production Design

Boston Film Critics Awards
Best Supporting Actor (Ian Holm)
Special Commendation for production design