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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 20. Twelve Monkeys (1995)

September 15, 2011

20. Twelve Monkeys [Blu-ray] (1995)

Plot: An unknown virus killes five billion people in 1996 and forces the surviving population to live underground. The convict James Cole (Bruce Willis) reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to 1996 to research the virus and the “Army of the Twelve Monkeys”, a group rumored to have released it. Cole is mistakenly sent to 1990, six years earlier than expected, and is locked up in a mental institution, where he meets psychiatrist Kathryn Railly (Madeleine Stowe) and Jeffrey Goines (Brad Pitt), the insane son of a famous scientist and virus expert.

The future is history. (tagline)

Also Starring: Joseph MelitoJon SedaDavid MorseChristopher Plummer
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
Written by: David PeoplesJanet Peoples (screenplay) Chris Marker (film La Jetée)
Length: 129 min
Budget: $29,000,000
Gross Revenue: $157,900,000 (Worldwide)

Favorite Quote:
James Cole:
I’m here about some monkeys. 
Jeffrey Goines:
James Cole:
Monkeys. Yes. Twelve of them.

Review: Who knew Bruce Willis could act? I knew he could be funny, be a badass, be sarcastic and even scary. But a real dramatic actor?

Well, I’ll be damned..

Congratulations. You did it Terry Gilliam, you did it!

Oscar Count: Two Nominations: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Brad Pitt), Best Costume Design (Julie Weiss)

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 21. Star Wars Saga (1977, 1980, 1983)


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