12 Monkeys (1996) USA
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Director:Terry Gilliam
Studio:Universal Studios
Producer:Charles Roven
Writer:Chris Marker, David Webb Peoples
Date Added:2007-03-05
Purchased On:2007-05-03
Awards:Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 8 nominations
Genre:Time Travel
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
Languages:English, French
Subtitles:English, Spanish
Terry Gilliam  ...  (Director)
Chris Marker, David Webb Peoples  ...  (Writer)
Ernest Abuba  ...  Engineer
Bob Adrian  ...  Geologist
Vernon Campbell  ...  Tiny
Michael Chance  ...  Scarface
Carol Florence  ...  Astrophysicist
Joseph Melito  ...  Young Cole
Bruce Willis  ...  James Cole
Jon Seda  ...  Jose
H. Michael Walls  ...  Botanist
Simon Jones  ...  Zoologist
Bill Raymond  ...  Microbiologist
Irma St. Paule  ...  Poet
Madeleine Stowe  ...  Kathryn Railly
Joey Perillo  ...  Detective Franki
Bruce Kirkpatrick  ...  Policeman No. 1
Brad Pitt  ...  
Keith Fulton  ...  
Dorothea Braemer  ...  
Comments: The future is history.

Summary: Inspired by Chris Marker's acclaimed short film La Jetée (which is included on the DVD Short Cinema Journal, Volume 2), 12 Monkeys combines intricate, intelligent storytelling with the uniquely imaginative vision of director Terry Gilliam. The story opens in the wintry wasteland of the year 2035, where a virulent plague has forced humans to live in a squalid, oppressively regimented underground. Bruce Willis plays a societal outcast who is given the opportunity to erase his criminal record by "volunteering" to time-travel into the past to obtain a pure sample of the deadly virus that will help future scientists to develop a cure. But in bouncing from 1918 to the early and mid-1990s, he undergoes an ordeal that forces him to question his own perceptions of reality. Caught between the dangers of the past and the devastation of the future, he encounters a psychiatrist (Madeleine Stowe) who is initially convinced he's insane, and a wacky mental patient (Brad Pitt in a twitchy Oscar-nominated role) with links to a radical group that may have unleashed the deadly virus. Equal parts mystery, tragedy, psychological thriller, and apocalyptic drama, 12 Monkeys ranks as one of the best science fiction films of the '90s, boosted by Gilliam's visual ingenuity and one of the finest performances of Willis's career. The Collector's Edition DVD includes a fascinating behind-the-scenes documentary (The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of 12 Monkeys) in addition to the theatrical trailer, production notes, and a 12 Monkeys archive of still photos, design concepts, and storyboards. --Jeff Shannon