Voted Best Picture by the LA Film Critics Association. Often considered a key miss by the Academy Awards, although it did receive a writing nomination.
Contributed by: Robert Bleier
Gorden Kaye is the M.O.I. Lobby Porter, he was also the star of British show "Allo Allo".
Contributed by: C.T. Warren
Actor Johnathan Pryce had more visible film roles in the 1990's and early 2000's, appearing in "Evita", "What A Girl Wants", "De-Lovely", and is one of the more memorable Bond villains, maniacal media mogul Elliot Carver in 1997's "Tomorrow Never Dies". However, he is probably best known today for playing Governor Swann in Disney's first three "Pirates Of The Caribbean" films.
The climax of the film bears several striking similarities to the classic 20's film "Battleship Potemkin".
Brazil was known to be River Phoenix
's favorite film; Phoenix had supposedly arranged, through co-star Jonathan Pryce, to meet Gilliam and Pryce just days following his death.
The printing technician who causes the fatal typing error is Ray Cooper, famed percussionist for folks like Elton John.
Sam's father's code, given to Sam by Mr. Helpmann in order to access Helpmann's office by the elevator is ERE I AM JH. This is an anagram for Sam's father's name, JEREMIAH.
A creepy mask resembling a baby's face appears throughout the film, most notably worn by Michael Palin's character near the end. Terry Gilliam based this mask on an actual mask that his mother sent him once, and which has always given him the creeps.
Terry Gilliam himself makes a small cameo appearance in the film. He is one of the lurking black-clad government spooks in the Shangri-La Towers. He bumps into Sam and coughs up some cigarette smoke during the scenes in the Shangri-La Towers.
Contributed by: V. KräTke
Terry Gilliam's daughter Holly Gilliam appears briefly in the film, playing the daughter of Jack Lint (Michael Palin's character). Her character is also named Holly in the film.