Brazil Brazil (1985) UK Rating

Jim Broadbent plays Dr. Lewis Jaffe   Also starring Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins, Michael Palin

"It's only a state of mind but we're all in it together"

Plot Summery:  This chilling black comedy is a surrealistic nightmare vision of a "perfect" future where technology reigns supreme.  Everyone is monitored by a secret government agency that forbids love to interfere with efficiency.  When a daydreaming bureaucrat becomes unwittingly involved with an underground superhero and a beautiful mystery woman, he becomes the tragic victim of his own romantic illusions. Terry Gilliam writes and directs.

      Dr Jaffe (Broadbent) and his Mother

Patrick's comments: Jim seems to have had a run at playing doctors!  This was the first and in this film he's a plastic surgeon with the goal of keeping his patients looking forever young.  "Faces are a doddle compared to tits and ass.  No hairline" he says.  Broadbent appears in just a couple of scenes but the film is well worth watching for Gilliam's unmistakable imagery and imagination.


Dr Jaffe (Broadbent) and Mother (Katherine Helmond) Robert de Niro as Harry Tuttle Jill Layton (Kim Greist) and Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) and Jill Layton (Kim Greist)

Multimedia: Click on the following pictures to load and view the associated clips from the film.  Kate Bush sings the theme tune... Listen to her here on MP3.

Video Clip: "The Morning After" Video Clip: "The Power Plant" Video Clip: "The Giant Samurai Warrior

Video Clip: "The Theatrical Trailer"


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