12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys

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Director: Terry Gilliam

Cast: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt

     
 

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An intense film about time travel, this sci-fi entry was directed by Terry Gilliam, a member of the comedy troupe Monty Python. The film stars Bruce Willis as James Cole, a prisoner of the state in the year 2035 who can earn parole if he agrees to travel back in time and thwart a devastating plague. The virus has wiped out most of the Earth's population and the…  See more details below

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An intense film about time travel, this sci-fi entry was directed by Terry Gilliam, a member of the comedy troupe Monty Python. The film stars Bruce Willis as James Cole, a prisoner of the state in the year 2035 who can earn parole if he agrees to travel back in time and thwart a devastating plague. The virus has wiped out most of the Earth's population and the remainder live underground because the air is poisonous. Returning to the year 1990, six years before the start of the plague, Cole is soon imprisoned in a psychiatric facility because his warnings sound like mad ravings. There he meets a scientist named Dr. Kathryn Railly (Madeleine Stowe) and Jeffrey Goines (Brad Pitt), the mad son of an eminent virologist (Christopher Plummer). Cole is returned by the authorities to the year 2035, and finally ends up at his intended destination in 1996. He kidnaps Dr. Railly in order to enlist her help in his quest. Cole discovers graffiti by an apparent animal rights group called the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, but as he delves into the mystery, he hears voices, loses his bearings, and doubts his own sanity. He must figure out if Goines, who seems to be a raving lunatic, holds the key to the puzzle. ~ Michael Betzold

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All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
Inspired by Chris Marker's benchmark 1962 short film La Jetee, director Terry Gilliam continues his examination of the real versus the surreal in this mind-bending piece of science fiction. In a vein typical of Gilliam's oeuvre, the film leaps through time almost at will, which produces uneven results. Obviously a play on genre conventions, 12 Monkeys succeeds at creating its various worlds (all with various degrees of grunge and gloom). However, the film spirals off in so many directions it's sometimes a trial to keep track -- but it's also this very quality that keeps it interesting and engaging. Very much a visceral film above all else, Gilliam extracts solid turns from his actors, including a nicely understated Bruce Willis and a cheerfully (and entertainingly) manic Brad Pitt, a surprise Oscar nominee for his supporting role. Almost ten years after the highly publicized director vs. studio debacle with the director's acclaimed 1985 film Brazil, Gilliam and Universal had obviously patched things up, as they distributed this film to great financial success and a place as one of the leading cult favorites of the 1990s.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/28/2009
UPC:
0025192032141
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:10:00
Sales rank:
11,922

Special Features

Feature Commentary with director Terry Gilliam and producer Charles Roven; The Hamster Factor & Other Tales of 12 Monkeys; 12 Monkeys Archives

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Willis James Cole
Madeleine Stowe Dr. Kathryn Railly
Brad Pitt Jeffrey Goines
Christopher Plummer Dr. Goines
David Morse Dr. Peters
Jon Seda Jose
Frank Gorshin Dr. Fletcher
Joseph Melito Young Cole
Michael Chance Scarface
Bob Adrian Geologist
Simon Jones Zoololgist
Bill Raymond Microbiologist
Ernest Abuba Engineer
Irma St. Paule Poet
Bruce Kirkpatrick Policeman#1
Rozwill Young Billings
Nell Johnson Ward Nurse
Fred Strother L.J. Washington
Richard Warner Dr. Casey
Chuck Jeffreys Thug
Lisa Gay Hamilton Teddy
Christopher Meloni Lt. Halperin
Robert O'Neill Wayne
Kevin Thigpen Kweskin
Lee Golden Hotel Clerk
Joe McKenna Wallace
Jeff Tanner Plain Clothes Cop
Annie Golden Woman Cabbie
Stephen Bridgewater Airport Detective
Jack Dougherty Airport Security
Carolyn Walker Terrified Traveler
Joey Perillo Detective Franki
Matt Ross Bee
Aaron Michael Lacey WWI Sergeant
Jamie N. Frey Office PA
Paul Buckmaster Conductor

Technical Credits
Terry Gilliam Director
Mick Audsley Editor
Jeffrey Beecroft Production Designer
Christine Beveridge Makeup
Paul Buckmaster Score Composer
Bob Cavallo Executive Producer
Robin Clarke Sound Editor
Mark Egerton Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Craig Haagensen Camera Operator
Chuck Jeffreys Stunts
Robert Kosberg Executive Producer
Gary Levinsohn Executive Producer
Jay Meagher Sound/Sound Designer
Shirley Montefusco Special Effects
Vincent Montefusco Special Effects
Philip A. Patterson Asst. Director
Janet Peoples Screenwriter
David Peoples Screenwriter
Lloyd Phillips Co-producer
Roger Pratt Cinematographer
Charles Roven Producer
Crispian Sallis Set Decoration/Design
Margery Simkin Casting
William Ladd Skinner Art Director
Kelley Smith-Wait Associate Producer
Tom Waits Songwriter
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer

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12 Monkeys 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
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You have never seen this movie? Seriously? Rent it or buy it. I recommend buying it... you will save the 4.50 you were going to spend renting it, because once you see it, you will want to own it... Great story. Great movie-making.
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This is a truly amazing film. My advice: 1. You cannot be interrupted when watching this film, you need to see every single scene and hear every single line 2. Watch it more than once. There's a part in the film where Bruce Willis and Madeline Stowe are in a movie theater watching an old film. The film itself is a reference to his [Willis's] time travel, and there's a significant line when Willis says ''Every time I see this movie it seems different to me''. That's exactly how '12 Monkeys' is. You can watch it 5 times and each time its a different film. This is an extremely intelligent film. Check it out and pay attention, you won't be dissapointed!!
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If you enjoy films with twisted plots and great acting, both Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt do an incredible job in this extremely twisted and thought provoking neo-apocalyptic movie.
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This movie makes you thinking of many things. The main idea that went through was could time travel be real and if so could you really change what happend. I won't tell you what i believe but definately watch the movie and ask yourself the same question. If you think you have an answer for it now then watch it and see if you think the same. This movie is completely worth seeing for the plot is great and how the movie was directed. Definately worth it!!!!
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For the longest time I wanted to see this movie again. I was very young the first time I watched it and I did not get it at all. Finally was able to see it again just less than an hour ago. It just ran up to my #1 movie of all time. It is so intelligent and makes you think every second after the movie is over. It is a must buy!!!!
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This is such an amazing movie! it was the first R-rated one I watched, and I am so so SO glad it was this one! Everything you see and bear comes into play somehow, whether it is a big part of the plot or not doesn't matter.
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Very good sci-fi movie. Interesting time travel concept. All the performances are great. I enjoyed this movie very much.
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