in a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.
dir.: terry gilliam
bruce willis / madeleine stowe / brad pitt
- terry gilliam gave bruce willis a list of “willis acting clichés” not to be used during the film, including the “steely blue eyes look”.
- the army of the twelve monkeys is inspired by a passage in l. frank baum’s novel, “the magic of oz”, in which the nome king and kiki aru convince twelve monkeys they will have an endless supply of food if they become human soldiers for them.
- right after dr. leland goines gets off the phone with dr. railly, dr. peters can be seen handling a tray of seven vials filled with a golden liquid. twice in the movie, a passage of the bible’s book of the revelation is quoted referring to seven golden vials filled with god’s wrath.
- looking at the bodies in the aftermath of a fight bruce willis says, “all i see are dead people.” of course, “i see dead people” is the most famous line from 1999’s the sixth sense, which starred bruce willis.
- throughout the movie, actual monkeys appear on camera. from the “monkey and a roast beef sandwich” to zoo animals. some people suggest 12 different monkeys appear in the film.
- in the 24 hour hitchcock theater, katheryn transforms herself with a blonde wig. hitchcock had a notorious obsession with blonde actresses in his films.