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12 Monkeys Details


An intense film about time travel, this sci-fi entry was directed by Terry Gilliam, a member of the comedy troupe Monty Python. The film stars Bruce Willis as James Cole, a prisoner of the state in the year 2035 who can earn parole if he agrees to travel back in time and thwart a devastating plague. The virus has wiped out most of the Earth's population and the remainder live underground because the air is poisonous. Returning to the year 1990, six years before the start of the plague, Cole is soon imprisoned in a psychiatric facility because his warnings sound like mad ravings. There he meets a scientist named Dr. Kathryn Railly (Madeleine Stowe) and Jeffrey Goines (Brad Pitt), the mad son of an eminent virologist (Christopher Plummer). Cole is returned by the authorities to the year 2035, and finally ends up at his intended destination in 1996. He kidnaps Dr. Railly in order to enlist her help in his quest. Cole discovers graffiti by an apparent animal rights group called the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, but as he delves into the mystery, he hears voices, loses his bearings, and doubts his own sanity. He must figure out if Goines, who seems to be a raving lunatic, holds the key to the puzzle. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

  • Release date:January 26, 1995


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Julie Weiss Best Costume Design 1995 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Brad Pitt Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1995 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Brad Pitt Best Supporting Actor 1995 Nominee


Bruce Willis
as James Cole
Madeleine Stowe
as Dr. Kathryn Railly
Brad Pitt
as Jeffrey Goines
Christopher Plummer
as Dr. Goines
David Morse
as Dr. Peters
Jon Seda
as Jose
Frank Gorshin
as Dr. Fletcher
Joseph Melito
as Young Cole
Chuck Jeffreys
as Thug
Aaron Michael Lacey
as WWI Sergeant
Kevin Thigpen
as Kweskin
Fred Strother
as L.J. Washington
Jeff Tanner
as Plain Clothes Cop
Bill Raymond
as Microbiologist
Matt Ross
as Bee
Ernest Abuba
as Engineer
Simon Jones
as Zoololgist
Nell Johnson
as Ward Nurse
Rozwill Young
as Billings
Stephen Bridgewater
as Airport Detective
Rick Warner
as Dr. Casey
Joey Perillo
as Detective Franki
Joe McKenna
as Wallace
Irma St. Paule
as Poet
Bob Adrian
as Geologist
Lee Golden
as Hotel Clerk
Michael Chance
as Scarface
Christopher Meloni
as Lt. Halperin
Lisa Gay Hamilton
as Teddy
Jack Dougherty
as Airport Security
Bruce Kirkpatrick
as Policeman#1
Annie Golden
as Woman Cabbie


Terry Gilliam
Charles Roven
David Peoples
Janet Peoples
Roger Pratt
Tom Waits
Paul Buckmaster
Composer (Music Score)
Mick Audsley
Jeffrey Beecroft
Production Designer
Lloyd Phillips
Mark Egerton
Associate Producer
Kelley Smith-Wait
Associate Producer
Robert Kosberg
Executive Producer
Gary Levinsohn
Executive Producer
Robert Cavallo
Executive Producer
Crispian Sallis
Set Designer
Julie Weiss
Costume Designer
Jay Meagher
Sound/Sound Designer
Vincent Montefusco
Special Effects
Shirley Montefusco
Special Effects
Mark Egerton
First Assistant Director
Philip A. Patterson
First Assistant Director
Craig Haagensen
Camera Operator
Chuck Jeffreys
Margery Simkin
Paul Buckmaster