Twelve Monkeys

  • 15
  • Terry Gilliam (1995)
  • US / UK / Ger / Jpn / Fr
  • 129 min
Twelve Monkeys
Film Review
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4 out of 5

Inspired by Chris Marker's acclaimed 1962 short film La Jetée, this labyrinthine sci-fi thriller was penned by the co-writer of Blade Runner, David Webb Peoples, and his wife, Janet. Yet it's very much the work of Monty Python alumnus Terry Gilliam, who imposes his own pseudo-poetic vision onto a world that is doomed to viral annihilation unless time traveller Bruce Willis can prevent the disaster. Although it was Brad Pitt who landed an Oscar nomination for his twitchy performance as the leader of the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, it is Willis's anguished introvert who holds this gripping, hauntingly atmospheric film together.

Plot Summary

Futuristic thriller starring Bruce Willis and Madeleine Stowe. The year 2035: an unknown virus has wiped out most of humanity and the few survivors live in a grim subterranean city beneath Philadelphia. Haunted by a vision from the past, convict James Cole is "volunteered" to travel back in time to 1996 to discover the origin of the epidemic. But Cole is transported to the wrong year and is soon arrested as a madman.

Cast and crew


James Cole
Bruce Willis
Dr Kathryn Railly
Madeleine Stowe
Jeffrey Goines
Brad Pitt
Dr Goines
Christopher Plummer
Young Cole
Joseph Melito
Jon Seda
Dr Peters
David Morse
Dr Fletcher
Frank Gorshin
Irma St Paule
Detective Franki
Joey Perillo
Louie / Raspy Voice
Harry O'Toole


Terry Gilliam

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Polygram Filmed Entertainment
Violence, swearing and nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 15