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Title: Brazil
Date: 1985

Vitals: In a dystopian future where a vicious, surreal government bureaucracy justifies itself by claiming it fights terrorism, a humble public servant named Sam Lowry dreams of being a romantic hero. Under the influence of a good Samaritan trucker and a duct hacker, he slowly becomes a subversive - and discovers that the State will stop at nothing to punish those who disobey.

Famous names: Terry Gilliam, Jonathan Pryce, Michael Palin, Robert DeNiro

Crunchy goodness: 5

Design breakthrough: Directed by famed Monty Python animator Terry Gilliam, who has made a career out of dark, visually-arresting films, Brazil masterfully contrasts Sam's trippy, gorgeous dreamscapes with the claustrophobic, information-industrial urban space where he lives.


Stunt casting: Gilliam's Python pal Michael Palin plays a twitchy, unctuous torturer.

Spinoffs: 12 Monkeys, another Gilliam film, appears to take place in an even darker version of the world he invented for Brazil.

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