1985 Certificate: 15


Terry Gilliam's ground-breaking Orwellian black comedy fantasy is set in a bureaucratic futuristic state. Jonathan Pryce played the hapless clerk who dreams of escape but instead falls foul of a Kafka-esque system where the genial Michael Palin plays a torturer and Robert De Niro allies himself to Pryce's lost cause as a revolutionary heating engineer. A wonderfully bizarre film from the ex-Python and possibly his finest cinematic moment.


  • Terry Gilliam


  • Katherine Helmond

  • Kim Greist

  • Ian Holm

  • Jonathan Pryce

  • Robert De Niro

  • Bob Hoskins

  • Michael Palin