R | | Drama, Sci-Fi
A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error, and becomes an enemy of the state.
Terry Gilliam tested more than half a dozen actresses to play the part of Jill, interviewing or testing Rosanna Arquette, Ellen Barkin, Jamie Lee Curtis, Rebecca De Mornay, Rae Dawn Chong, Kelly McGillis, Joanna Pacula, Kathleen Turner, and he even considered Madonna. Gilliam's personal favorite was Barkin, because he thought she had a great combination of sex appeal and toughness ... ...
Central Services: We do the work, you do the pleasure.
TV commercial pitchman: Hi, there. I want to talk to you about ducts.
In the early scene of the movie, in the Department of Information Retrieval, when the bug falls into the printing machine, we can see that the "Subject for Detention and Interview" forms identify Archibald Tuttle as a "shoe repair operative." This is, in fact, the occupation of the soon-to-be wrongfully identified "Buttle." Archibald Tuttle's occupation is "heating engineer."
The only credits at the start of the film were the preliminary studio credits, a credit for Gilliam, and the title. All other credits are at the end. (Although commonplace today, the lack of full opening credits was still unusual in 1985). All versions of the film, including the "Love Conquers All" edit follow this format.
$30,099 (USA) (22 December 1985)
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