12 Monkeys
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Theatrical release poster
Also called Twelve Monkeys
Release Date Dec. 29, 1995
Running Time 127 minutes
Directed by Terry Gilliam
Producer(s) Charles Roven
Screenplay by David Peoples

Janet Peoples

Based on La jetée by Chris Marker
Starring Bruce Willis

Madeleine Stowe
Brad Pitt
Christopher Plummer

Music by Paul Buckmaster
Cinematography by Roger Pratt
Edited by Mick Audsley
Production Company Atlas Entertainment


Distributed by Universal Pictures
Language English
Country United States
Budget $29.5 million
Box Office $168.8 million
Adaptations 12 Monkeys (TV Series)
12 Monkeys (also called Twelve Monkeys) is a 1995 film directed by Terry Gilliam that was inspired by Chris Marker's 1962 short film La Jetée. It stars Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer and David Morse.

The film grossed around $168.8 million worldwide. Brad Pitt was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and won a Golden Globe for his performance.


Prisoner James Cole (played by Bruce Willis) is "volunteered" to be sent from around 2027 back to the year 1996 to gather information about a virus that wiped out most of humanity.

The Time TravelersEdit

Photo Time Traveler Played by
James Cole James Cole Bruce Willis
Jose Jose Jon Seda
Astrophysicist The Astrophysicist / Jones Carol Florence

Tropes Edit

  • Trying to save the world
  • Questioning the hero's sanity

Notable QuotesEdit

"All I see are dead people." -- James Cole

"There's no right, there's no wrong, there's only popular opinion." -- Jeffrey Goines

Time Travel TheoriesEdit

Time DiagramEdit

Popular CultureEdit

Trailers Edit

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