12 Monkeys

Release Date: December 29th, 1995

DVD Release Date: March 31st, 1998

R |2 hr 11 min

Plot Summary

Traveling back in time isn't simple, as James Cole (Bruce Willis) learns the hard way. Imprisoned in the 2030s, James is recruited for a mission that will send him back to the 1990s. Once there, he's supposed to gather information about a nascent plague that's about to exterminate the vast majority of the world's population. But, aside from the manic Jeffrey (Brad Pitt), he gets little in the way of cooperation, not least from medical gatekeepers like Dr. Kathryn Railly (Madeleine Stowe).

Cast: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer, Jon Seda, Joseph Melito, Michael Chance, Vernon Campbell

Director: Terry Gilliam

Genres: Science fiction , Thriller

Production Co: Universal Pictures

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Pursuit, Sacrifice, Escape, Hospital, Prison, Doctor, Dark, 1990s, Quest, Tense

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    San Francisco Examiner

    One of the qualities that makes "12 Monkeys" so good is the fact that it is almost too complicated to explain. show more

  • 100
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    Gilliam, along with the gifted cinematographer Roger Pratt and production designer Jeffrey Beecroft, fashions a disturbing and dazzling lost world. show more

  • 100
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    Bruce Willis is bruisingly good as the hero and Brad Pitt is suitably zany as the activist who dogs his trail. show more

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Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
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Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture