Brazil Movie Poster
  • Released
  • December 18, 1985
  • R, 2 hr 12 min
  • Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  • 746 Fan Ratings

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What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Terry Gilliam's Brazil, a 1985 surrealistic gem, finds an "Everyman" hero living in a bizarre dystopian society that has given up all personal liberty and privacy because of a sweeping fear of terrorism. Police and paramilitary forces carry out the orders of a harebrained bureaucracy that has lost all sight of morality and honor. Part comic tribute to 1940s and 1950s film noir, part send-up of high-tech science fiction, part eccentric parody of obsessive romance, it barely lights on one clairvoyant vision of 21st-century life before it takes off in search of another appalling example of future human misbehavior. The movie is filled with violent, intense, and gory scenes, including torture, explosions in public places, bloody bodies and body parts, gunfire, and oppression of civilians by vast numbers of faceless police-state troops. Because of that violence, and because of the film's black comic tone, hilarious characters, and often profound (and profoundly funny) sequences, the movie is best for only the most mature or sophisticated teens.

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