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Terry Gilliam is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer, Production Design, Sound and Animation British born on 22 november 1940 at Minneapolis (USA)

Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam
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Birth name Terrence Vance Gilliam
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 22 november 1940 (78 years) at Minneapolis (USA)
Awards Officier des Arts et des Lettres‎

Terrence Vance "Terry" Gilliam (/ˈɡɪliəm/; born 22 November 1940) is an American-born British screenwriter, film director, animator, actor, comedian and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe.

Gilliam has directed 12 feature films, including Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1985), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), The Fisher King (1991), 12 Monkeys (1995), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), The Brothers Grimm (2005) and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009). The only "Python" not born in Britain, he became a naturalised British citizen in 1968 and formally renounced his American citizenship in 2006.


Gilliam has been married to British make-up and costume designer Maggie Weston since 1973. She worked on Monty Python's Flying Circus, many of the Python movies, and Gilliam's movies up to The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. They have three children, Amy Rainbow Gilliam (born 1978), Holly Dubois Gilliam (born in October 1980), and Harry Thunder Gilliam (born on 3 April 1988), who have also appeared in and/or worked on several of Gilliam's films.

In 1968, Gilliam obtained British citizenship, then held dual American and British citizenship for the next 38 years. In January 2006 he renounced his American citizenship. In an interview with Der Tagesspiegel, he described the action as a protest against then-President George W. Bush, and in an earlier interview with The A.V. Club, he also indicated that it was related to concerns about future tax liability for his wife and children. As a result of renouncing his citizenship, Gilliam is only permitted to spend 29 days per year in the United States, fewer than ordinary British citizens. Gilliam maintains a residence in Italy near the Umbria-Tuscany border. He has been instrumental in establishing the annual Umbria Film Festival, held in the nearby hill town of Montone.

Best films

Twelve Monkeys (1996)
The Brothers Grimm (2005)
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
Time Bandits (1981)
The Fisher King (1991)
Life of Brian (1979)

Usually with

Terry Jones
Terry Jones
(11 films)
Michael Palin
Michael Palin
(12 films)
Eric Idle
Eric Idle
(12 films)
John Cleese
John Cleese
(8 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Terry Gilliam (34 films)

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Jupiter Ascending, 2h7
Directed by Lana et Lilly Wachowski
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Films about religion, Dans l'espace, Films set in the future, Space opera
Actors Channing Tatum, Sean Bean, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Vanessa Kirby
Roles Seal and Signet Minister
Rating53% 2.6500552.6500552.6500552.6500552.650055
At the beginning of the story, Earth's residents are unaware that the human species on Earth and countless other planets were established by families of transhuman and alien royalty for the purpose of later "harvesting" the resulting organisms to produce a type of youth serum for the elites on still other planets. After the death of the matriarch of the House of Abrasax, the most powerful of the alien dynasties, her children, Balem (Eddie Redmayne), Kalique (Tuppence Middleton), and Titus (Douglas Booth), quarrel over the inheritance, with Balem inheriting an enormous refinery on Jupiter and Titus declaring his intention to dismantle the youth serum trade, of which Earth is the next intended source. Protagonist Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) narrates that her father, Maximilian Jones (James D'Arcy), met her mother, Aleksa (Maria Doyle Kennedy), in Saint Petersburg. After Maximilian is killed in a robbery, Aleksa names their daughter Jupiter, after his favorite planet, and they move to Chicago to live with Aleksa's family.
Absolutely Anything, 1h25
Directed by Terry Jones
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Comedy
Themes Films about animals, Comedy science fiction films, Films about dogs, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Cleese
Roles Nasty Alien (voice)
Rating59% 2.9970252.9970252.9970252.9970252.997025
Neil Clarke (Simon Pegg) is a disillusioned schoolteacher, who suddenly finds and uses the ability to do anything he wants, a challenge bestowed upon him by a group of power-crazed aliens (John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin) watching him from space. As he struggles to deal with these new found powers and the events that subsequently arise, he calls upon his loyal canine companion and best friend Dennis (Robin Williams) to help him along the way.
9 Month Stretch, 1h17
Directed by Albert Dupontel
Origin France
Genres Comedy
Themes Pregnancy films, Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Sandrine Kiberlain, Albert Dupontel, Philippe Uchan, Nicolas Marié, Bouli Lanners, Gilles Gaston-Dreyfus
Roles Charles Meatson "famous man-eater"
Rating63% 3.199643.199643.199643.199643.19964
Ariane Felder is pregnant. This is all the more surprising since this examining magistrate is an old-fashioned single person. But even more surprising is the fact that, according to DNA tests, the father is no other than Bob, a criminal prosecuted for atrocious assault and battery. Ariane, who does not remember anything, tries to understand what happened.
George Harrison: Living in the Material World, 3h24
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Origin USA
Genres Biography, Documentary, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Documentary films about music and musicians, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Musical films
Actors George Harrison, Eric Idle, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Neil Aspinall
Roles Himself
Rating81% 4.096574.096574.096574.096574.09657
The film follows music legend George Harrison's story from his early life in Liverpool, the Beatlemania phenomenon, his travels to India, the influence of Krishna Consciousness movement in his music, and his relevance and importance as a member of The Beatles. It consists of previously unseen footage and interviews with Olivia and Dhani Harrison, friends, and many others.
Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?), 1h56
Origin USA
Genres Documentary, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Documentary films about music and musicians, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Musical films
Actors Harry Nilsson, Micky Dolenz, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Ringo Starr, Robin Williams
Roles Himself
Rating76% 3.840713.840713.840713.840713.84071
David Leaf and John Scheinfeld interviewed close to three dozen of Nilsson's friends, colleagues and extended family, who all shared their memories of Harry Nilsson, his music and how it affected them. This was put together in a documentary where we follow Harry Nilsson from childhood to death, enjoying the highs and lows along with him, from Grammy wins through divorce and substance abuse.
Locked Out
Locked Out (2006)
, 1h28
Directed by Albert Dupontel
Origin France
Genres Comedy
Actors Albert Dupontel, Claude Perron, Nicolas Marié, Hélène Vincent, Yolande Moreau, Roland Bertin
Roles "fake baby" homeless person
Rating62% 3.146313.146313.146313.146313.14631
The story of a glue-sniffing homeless person who stumbles upon a policeman committing suicide and decides to put his abandoned uniform to good use. Initially this means using it to steal food from the police canteen but soon Roland discovers that wearing the uniform gives him certain powers and responsibilities, particularly tracking down the kidnapped child of a former porn star whose picture he had fallen in love with
Lost in La Mancha, 1h33
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about films, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about films, Buddy films
Actors Jeff Bridges, Terry Gilliam, Johnny Depp, Jean Rochefort, Vanessa Paradis, Nicola Pecorini
Roles Himself - Writer & Director
Rating73% 3.697043.697043.697043.697043.69704
Pendant l'été 2000 en Espagne, Fulton et Pepe suivent, pour en réaliser le making of, le tournage de ce qui aurait dû être The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, un film que projette de réaliser Terry Gilliam depuis plusieurs années. Jean Rochefort doit tenir le rôle-titre, et Johnny Depp et Vanessa Paradis font également partie de la distribution. Cependant, le tournage tourne vite à la catastrophe : problèmes d'organisation, conflits personnels, vols intempestifs de F16 de l'armée de l'air américaine basée en Espagne sur le site de tournage, pluie diluvienne dans un lieu désertique qui dégrade le matériel et altère le décor – le désert servant de lieu de tournage devenant verdoyant le lendemain du déluge –, maladie de Jean Rochefort qui empêchera celui-ci de jamais remonter à cheval et l'écarte des plateaux.
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, 2h5
Directed by Terry Gilliam, Michele Soavi
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Sur la Lune, Space opera, Sur la Lune, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors John Neville, Sarah Polley, Eric Idle, Jonathan Pryce, Oliver Reed, Uma Thurman
Roles Irritating Singer Inside Fish (uncredited)
Rating71% 3.598983.598983.598983.598983.59898
The film begins in an unnamed war-torn European city in the late 18th century (dubbed "The Age of Reason" in an opening caption), where, amid explosions and gunfire from a large Turkish army outside the city gates, a fanciful touring stage production of Baron Munchausen's life and adventures is taking place. Backstage, city official "The Right Ordinary Horatio Jackson" reinforces the city's commitment to reason (here meaning uniformity) by ordering the execution of a soldier (Sting in a cameo) who had just accomplished a near-superhuman feat of bravery, claiming that his bravery is demoralizing to other soldiers.
Brazil (1985)
, 2h22
Directed by Terry Gilliam
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Social science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Fantasy, Comic science fiction
Themes Politique, Psychologie, Films about the labor movement, Comedy science fiction films, Political films, Dystopian films, Lobotomie
Actors Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins, Ian William Richardson
Roles Smoking Man (uncredited)
Rating78% 3.948943.948943.948943.948943.94894
Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) is a low-level government employee who has frequent daydreams of saving a damsel in distress. One day he is assigned the task of trying to rectify an error caused by a fly getting jammed in a printer, misprinting a file it was copying, resulting in the incarceration and accidental death during interrogation of cobbler Archibald Buttle, instead of the suspected terrorist, freelance heating engineer Archibald Tuttle.
Spies Like Us, 1h42
Directed by John Landis
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Spy films, Political films, Buddy films
Actors Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Forrest, Donna Dixon, Bruce Davison, James Daughton
Roles Dr. Imhaus
Rating63% 3.1985953.1985953.1985953.1985953.198595
Austin Millbarge is a geekish, basement-dwelling codebreaker for The Pentagon who aspires to escape his under-respected job to become a secret agent. Emmett Fitz-Hume, a wisecracking, pencil-pushing son of an envoy, takes the foreign service exam under peer pressure. Millbarge and Fitz-Hume meet during the test, on which Fitz-Hume openly attempts to cheat after an attempt to seduce his immediate supervisor in exchange for the answers backfires. Millbarge, however, was forced to take the test, having had only one day to prepare after his supervisor gives him a notice that was two weeks old.
The Meaning of Life, 1h47
Directed by Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Musical
Themes Musical films
Actors Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Roles Diverse Rollen
Rating75% 3.7989653.7989653.7989653.7989653.798965
The film begins with a stand-alone 17-minute supporting feature entitled The Crimson Permanent Assurance (directed by Gilliam). A group of elderly office clerks in a small accounting firm rebel against their emotionlessly efficient, yuppie corporate masters. They commandeer their building, turn it into a pirate ship, and sail into a large financial district, where they raid and overthrow a large multinational corporation (before ultimately sailing to the edge of the earth and falling off).