A hugely talented but socially isolated computer operator is tasked by Management to prove the Zero Theorem: that the universe ends as nothing, rendering life meaningless. But meaning is what he already craves.
Sam Lowry is a harried technocrat in a futuristic society that is needlessly convoluted and inefficient. He dreams of a life where he can fly away from technology and overpowering bureaucracy, and spend eternity with the woman of his dreams. While trying to rectify the wrongful arrest of one Harry Buttle, Lowry meets the woman he is always chasing in his dreams, Jill Layton. Meanwhile, the bureaucracy has fingered him responsible for a rash of terrorist bombings, and both Sam and Jill's lives are put in danger. Written by
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An early title for this movie was "1984 and ÃÂÃÂ½", an homage to Federico Fellini and 8½ (1963), but the film 1984 (1984) was released, and the idea was scrapped, as there would have been legal trouble with the George Orwell estate. See more »
When Harry Tuttle escapes from Sam Lowry's flat, the front door is shown open from the outside and the room is fully lit. However in the previous and subsequent shots, the flat is almost dark. See more »
[TV commercial jingle]
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The only credits at the start of the film were the preliminary studio credits, a credit for Gilliam, and the title. All other credits are at the end. (Although commonplace today, the lack of full opening credits was still unusual in 1985). All versions of the film, including the "Love Conquers All" edit follow this format. See more »
It is a black comedy and cruel fairy-tale. Strange game and mixture between Kafka and Orwell style. It is subtle parody of a fake world but, in same measure, homage to innocence. A modern tragedy and one of Robert de Niro best characters. Anatomy of illusions and pledge for the interior freedom. Slices from Ionesco and seeds of Joseph K. And some interesting questions: It is life ordinary mistake? It is life only ordinary illusion? Is it life only dream and what kind of sleep is its root? Is it a trap , an excuse or form of strange and sarcastic art? A metaphoric trip beyond shadows? Its it game without real rules and any chance to be more that fake reflection of ideas? Maybe, but the error is more that skin of ambiguous desire.
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