Review: A surrealist nightmare of a bureaucrat in the retro-future world who tries to correct an administrative error. He then becomes an enemy of the state.
Director: Terry Gilliam
Actors: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins, Michael Palin, Ian Richardson and Jim Broadbent
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy and Sci-Fi
Terry Gilliam originally wanted this film to be called Nineteen Eighty-Four and a Half, (This was in ode to Federico Fellini’s film Eight 1/2 (1963)). Directed by the director who is most famous for doing all the Monty Python films. Fantastic lead actors. A film that was difficult for director Terry Gilliam to get a release especially in the U.S. Universal Pictures didn’t even want to release it. To cut a long story short it then got rave reviews from some film critics from a particular magazine that it was internationally released by Fox. This went on to become one of the most enduring cult movies of the late 20th century. Although on its initial release it performed poorly at the US box office. Robert De Niro originally went uncredited in this because he was under contract elsewhere. He also did this film for free. This is a very confusing film and very hard to follow. The use of explosions in this is very good. This film comes in at 2 hours and 12 minutes so very long. This is a film that if I watched it for the second time I would enjoy it and understand it a bit more. Was quite confused with some aspects of the plot. At the Bafta Awards in 1986 this won 2 Awards. They were for Best Production Design and Best Special Visual Effects.