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Country UKD.jpg USA
Directed by Terry Gilliam
Release Date 1985
Studio Embassy International Pictures
Distributor Universal Pictures
20th Century Fox
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sam Lowry Jonathan Pryce
Jill Layton Kim Greist
Harry Tuttle Robert De Niro

Brazil is a 1985 British black comedy satirical science fiction film directed by Terry Gilliam. Described as a satire of bureaucracy, technocracy, consumerism, mass surveillance, and corporatism, the film is noted for its set design, depicting a dysfunctional dystopian world reliant on broken down and overly-complex technology.

Set "Somewhere In The 20th Century", the film follows Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce), a lowly bureaucrat frustrated with with his mind-numbing job as part of the vast, byzantine, massively inefficient bureaucracy. When he becomes infatuated with a mysterious woman, Sam goes to great lengths to be with her, fighting through every obstacle the bureaucracy puts in front of him (intentionally or otherwise).

The following weapons were used in the film Brazil:


Walther P38

A Walther P38 is used by Harry Tuttle (Robert De Niro) throughout the movie.

Walther P38 - 9x19mm
Tuttle aims his P38 while Sam answers the door.
Tuttle holds his pistol on Sam.

Bruni 1911

A guard points a replica theatrical blank only Bruni 1911 at the face of Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) when they ask for his invitation to his mother, Ida Lowery's, party. Usually replica guns which can never fire blanks out of the front of the barrel are used when either pointed at child actors or held close to an actor's face (usually for safety and the comfort of the actor).

Bruni 1911 - 8mm Blank
A dressed-up guard asking Sam for his invitation points a Bruni 1911 at him

Submachine Guns

Sterling Mk.4

A Sterling Mk.4 is demonstrated during an M.O.I. weapons display but not fired in the movie.

Sterling Mk.4 - 9x19mm
A M.O.I guard shows the Sterling SMG to the group of nuns. He describes it as "a 9mm submachine gun. Very effective at close range".

Assault Rifles

MGC Replica CAR-15 Rifle

In many scenes, the stormtroopers of the Ministry of Information Retrieval use MGC CAR-15 replica rifles.

MGC CAR-15 Assault, Model Gun Corporation's all metal XM177 variant, sold in the 1970s-early 1980s


An AK-47-style rifle can be seen used by one of Harry Tuttle's freedom fighters.

Norinco Type 56 - 7.62x39mm
One of the soldiers rescuing Sam holds an AK-47.


Franchi SPAS-12

The Franchi SPAS-12 is used by the M.O.I. guards and Sam Lowry in the end.

Franchi SPAS-12 - 12 gauge
M.O.I. guards open fire. This scene was inspired by Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 silent film Battleship Potemkin.

Machine Guns

Browning M2HB

A tripod-mounted Browning M2HB can be seen in an M.O.I. weapons display.

Browning M2HB on M3 tripod - .50 BMG
The Browning machine gun circled in red


An FN MAG is seen in the M.O.I. weapons display.

FN MAG 58 - 7.62x51mm NATO
The FN MAG sits on the table.

MG 42

An MG 42 is seen mounted on the turret of the M.O.I. SWAT vehicles during the chase scene.

MG42 with sling and bipod collapsed - 7.92mm Mauser



A mortar of some kind is seen in the M.O.I. weapons display.

M1 Mortar - 81mm
The mortar is seen behind the FN MAG.

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