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Terry Gilliam's surreal Orwellian fantasy. Sam Lowry is happy in his job at the Ministry of Information, where frequent daydreams transport him from drab reality. Then the worst occurs - a mistake in the system. Before he knows it, Sam meets the girl of his dreams and finds himself in a nightmare world of renegade heating engineers, storm troopers, terrorists and torturers.

Release date:

2 hours, 16 minutes

Last on

Wed 12 Oct 2011 22:00


Role Contributor
Sam LowryJonathan Pryce
Harry TuttleRobert De Niro
Mrs Ida LowryKatherine Helmond
Mr KurtzmannIan Holm
SpoorBob Hoskins
Jack LintMichael Palin
Mr WarrennIan Richardson
Mr HelpmannPeter Vaughan
Jill LaytonKim Greist
DirectorTerry Gilliam
Dr JaffeJim Broadbent
Mrs TerrainBarbara Hicks
LimeCharles McKeown
DowserDerrick O'Connor
SpiroBryan Pringle
TechnicianRay Cooper
Girl ButtlePrudence Oliver
Arrest OfficialSimon Jones
BillDerek Deadman
CharlieNigel Planer
TV Commercial PresenterTerence Bayler
MOI Lobby PorterGorden Kaye
Bespectacled LurkerBill Wallis
Old Lady with DogAnn Way
Black Maria GuardDon Henderson
PriestRoger Ashton-Griffiths
WriterTerry Gilliam
WriterTom Stoppard
WriterCharles McKeown
ProducerArnon Milchan