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Forty years after a plague wipes out 99 percent of the human population and sends the survivors underground, scientists send prisoner James Cole (Willis) to the 1990s to investigate the connection between the virus and seriously deranged fanatic Jeffrey Goines (Pitt), whose father happens to be a renowned virologist. Director Gilliam's demented vision is a bit tougher and less capricious than usual, and the convoluted plot and accumulated detail require a keen attention span, but as each piece of the puzzle falls into place the story becomes a fascinating sci-fi spectacle. Pitt drops the pretty-boy image with a nutzoid performance that'll make revelers stop swooning in a heartbeat. Inspired by the 1962 French short "La Jetee."

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Available on Running time 131 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Sci Fi, Anti-Heroes, Childhood Visions, Dental Mayhem, Emerging Viruses, Hospitals & Medicine, Hostage!, Time Travel, Post-Apocalypse, Sanity Check, Shrinks, Stolen from France, Philadelphia
David Peoples, Janet Peoples
Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer, David Morse, Frank Gorshin, Jon Seda
Roger Pratt
Terry Gilliam
Paul Buckmaster
Charles Roven, Gary Levinsohn, Robert Kosberg, Robert Cavallo, Universal Pictures


Golden Globes 1996: Support. Actor (Pitt).

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12 Monkeys
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This movie is crazy but really good! When Cole, a convict volunteer, is sent back in time to find information on a deadly virus that will destroy 5,000,000,000 members of the human race in 1996-1997, he mistakenly arrives in 1990. After explaining his plea to Dr. Kathryn Railly, he is placed in a mental institution. In 1996, he kidnaps Railly, using her to find the 12 Monkeys, a group of revolutionists that are planning to release the virus into select cities. But, he is wanted by the authorities for murder and kidnapping, plus he refuses to return to the future. Also, he is in love with Railly.