12 Monkeys (Blu-ray)

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Product Overview

Cole (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time to save the human race from a deadly virus that has forced mankind into dank underground communities in the future. Along his travels, he encounters a psychiatrist (Madeleine Stowe) and a mental patient, brilliantly portrayed by Brad Pitt, who may hold the key to the mysterious rogue group, the Army of the 12 Monkeys, thought to be responsible for unleashing the killer disease. Believing he can obtain a pure virus sample in order to find a cure in the future, he is met with one riddle after another that puts him in a race with time. This sci-fi masterpiece from the genius mind of Terry Gilliam is a modern-day classic.


Studio Universal
SKU 211203077
UPC 025192032141
UPC 14 00025192032141
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 8/28/2011
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
Time Travel
Editors Note
Note When a man enters a hospital claiming to have journeyed back in time from the year 2025 to stop a killer virus from exterminating mankind, a beautiful psychologist decides he might be more than delusional. Terry Gilliam populates this labyrinthine, apocalyptic film with twisted characters and eerie revelations. The film was shot primarily in Philadelphia; Gilliam uses the more dilapidated area of the city to the film's apocalyptic advantage. The film is based on the 1962 French short film LA JETEE.
Plot Summary
Summary In this intriguing science fiction film from director Terry Gilliam, penal colony prisoner James Cole must travel back in time from the year 2035 to find the cause of a virus that killed five billion people in 1997.| Cole's trip into the past won't be easy. For starters, he winds up in the wrong year on his first attempt. Once, as he time-travels, Cole ends up a prisoner in an insane asylum in 1990. There, he meets psychiatrist Kathryn Railly and inmate Jeffrey Goines, who could hold the key to the epidemic's spread. Cole later winds up in the middle of a World War I battlefield. | After meeting James for a second time, in another year, Dr. Railly gets further involved in his quest. Although she thinks at first that Cole must be crazy, Kathryn soon starts to believe him and attempts to help.| But James has already started to question his own sanity and tries to figure out if his journeys through time are real or if he's just been imagining everything.
Premiere "...Plenty of surrealistic fluorish..." 12/01/1995 p.36
Rolling Stone "...Pitt is terrific....Solving the riddle of 12 MONKEYS is an exhilarating challenge..." 01/29/1996 p.64-66
USA Today "...A Hitchcockian chase...A crowd-pleasing airport-pursuit pic..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars 12/27/1995 p.1D
Entertainment Weekly "...A near-fractal script,...[an] achingly battered performance [by Willis]...and its own pell-mell momentum....Emotional urgency..." -- Rating: B 07/12/1996 pp.64-5
Los Angeles Times "...An unlikely love story combined with a visionary detective yarn....Mystifying, intriguing..." 12/27/1995 p.F1
Terry Gilliam
Bruce Willis
Brad Pitt
Madeleine Stowe
Cast & Crew
Christopher Plummer - Star
Bruce Willis - Star
Brad Pitt - Star
Madeleine Stowe - Star
Jeffrey Beecroft - Production Designer
Charles Roven - Producer
Mick Audsley - Editor
Robert Cavallo - Executive Producer
Gary Levinsohn - Executive Producer
Roger Pratt - Director of Photography
Julie Weiss - Costume Designer
Janet Peoples - Screenplay
Paul Buckmaster - Composer
Lloyd Phillips - Co-Producer
Robert Kosberg - Executive Producer
David Peoples - Screenplay
Terry Gilliam - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1995
Catalog ID 61110389
UPC 00025192032141
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 130 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Oscar (1996) Brad Pitt, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor,Julie Weiss, Nominee, Best Costume Design
Golden Globe (1996) Brad Pitt, Winner, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
MTV Award (1996) Brad Pitt, Nominee, Best Male Performance
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Any film that enters the realm of time travel does so at its own peril. You need look no further than last year's disastrous Timecop to understand why. Even James Cameron's Terminator films treaded uncertainly through the minefield of paradoxes created by people venturing across the landscape of their own pasts. Thus, it's a refreshing to encounter a movie with a logical, intelligent approach to the dangers of zipping through time. While I won't claim that Twelve Monkeys has a decisive solution (how can anything be "decisive" when it's so firmly grounded in fantasy?), this approach makes sense, primarily because the time trippers here aren't trying to change the past (hence, wiping out reality), but are instead observing it to make a better future.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Terry Gilliam's ambitious "12 Monkeys" was co-authored by David Peoples, who wrote "Blade Runner," and it has the same view of the near future as a grunge pit - a view it shares with Gilliam's own "Brazil." In this world, everything is rusty, subterranean, and leaks. The movie uses its future world as a home base and launching pad for the central story, which is set in 1990 and 1996, and is about a time traveler trying to save the world from a deadly plague...I've seen "12 Monkeys" described as a comedy. Any laughs that it inspires will be very hollow. It's more of a celebration of madness and doom, with a hero who tries to prevail against the chaos of his condition, and is inadequate.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Widescreen, English, Spanish
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor Bruce Willis is bruisingly good as the hero and Brad Pitt is suitably zany as the activist who dogs his trail.
Janet Maslin, New York Times Fierce and disturbing, with a plot that skillfully resists following any familiar course.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...a disturbing and dazzling lost world.

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