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12 Monkeys

Following a global epidemic that has eradicated most of humanity, time travel becomes the only hope of mankind's survival; a volunteer (Bruce Willis) returns to 1990s Philadelphia to find the source of the epidemic, but he's promptly locked away as a madman. Before making this 1995 film Terry Gilliam hadn't even seen La Jetee (1962), the innovative half-hour SF masterpiece by Chris Marker that served as the basis for David and Janet Peoples's script. This grungy thriller merely takes over the story, though it's a haunting enough tale in its own right. While all of Gilliam's movies are worth seeing, there's a fair amount of his designer grimness here mixed in with the cabaret comedy. Brad Pitt has fun with his secondary part as a pontificating lunatic, but I wish I'd enjoyed the rest of the cast more. With Madeleine Stowe and Christopher Plummer.



  • Terry Gilliam


  • Bruce Willis
  • Madeleine Stowe
  • Brad Pitt
  • Christopher Plummer
  • Jon Seda
  • Joseph Melito


  • Chris Marker
  • David Webb Peoples
  • Janet Peoples


  • Robert Cavallo
  • Mark Egerton
  • Robert Kosberg
  • Gary Levinsohn
  • Lloyd Phillips
  • Charles Roven
  • Kelly Smith-Wait

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