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Release Date:
5 January 1996 (USA) See more »
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The future is history. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Joseph Melito ... Young Cole

Bruce Willis ... James Cole

Jon Seda ... Jose
Michael Chance ... Scarface

Vernon Campbell ... Tiny
H. Michael Walls ... Botanist
Bob Adrian ... Geologist

Simon Jones ... Zoologist
Carol Florence ... Astrophysicist

Bill Raymond ... Microbiologist
Ernest Abuba ... Engineer
Irma St. Paule ... Poet

Madeleine Stowe ... Kathryn Railly

Joey Perillo ... Detective Franki

Bruce Kirkpatrick ... Policeman No. 1
Wilfred Williams ... Policeman No. 2
Rozwill Young ... Billings

Brad Pitt ... Jeffrey Goines
Nell Johnson ... Ward Nurse

Frederick Strother ... L.J. Washington (as Fred Strother)
Rick Warner ... Dr. Casey

Frank Gorshin ... Dr. Fletcher
Anthony 'Chip' Brienza ... Dr. Goodin
Joilet Harris ... Harassed Mother
Drucie McDaniel ... Waltzing Woman Patient
John Blaisse ... Old Man Patient
Louis Lippa ... Patient at Gate
Stan Kang ... X-Ray Doctor

Pat Dias ... WWI Captain

Aaron Michael Lacey ... WWI Sergeant

David Morse ... Dr. Peters

Charles Techman ... Professor
Jann Ellis ... Marilou
Johnnie Hobbs Jr. ... Officer No. 1
Janet Zappala ... Anchorwoman (as Janet L. Zappala)

Thomas Roy ... Evangelist
Harry O'Toole ... Louie / Raspy Voice
Korchenko ... Thug No. 1

Chuck Jeffreys ... Thug No. 2

LisaGay Hamilton ... Teddy

Felix Pire ... Fale (as Felix A. Pire)

Matt Ross ... Bee (as Matthew Ross)
Barry Price ... Agent No. 1
John Panzarella ... Agent No. 2

Christopher Plummer ... Dr. Goines
Larry Daly ... Agent No. 3
Arthur Fennell ... Anchorman
Karl Warren ... Pompous Man

Christopher Meloni ... Lt. Halperin
Paul Meshejian ... Detective Dalva
Robert O'Neill ... Wayne
Kevin Thigpen ... Kweskin
Lee Golden ... Hotel Clerk

Joseph McKenna ... Wallace
Jeff Tanner ... Plain Clothes Cop
Faith Potts ... Store Clerk
Michael Ryan Segal ... Weller

Annie Golden ... Woman Cabbie
Lisa Talerico ... Ticket Agent

Stephen Bridgewater ... Airport Detective

Ray Huffman ... Plump Businessman (as Franklin Huffman)
Jodi Dawson ... Gift Store Clerk (as JoAnn S. Dawson)
Jack Dougherty ... Airport Security No. 1
Lenny Daniels ... Airport Security No. 2
Herbert C. Hauls Jr. ... Airport Security No. 3

Charley Scalies ... Impatient Traveler
Carolyn Walker ... Terrified Traveler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tiffany Baldwin ... Student in Airport (uncredited)

C.J. Byrnes ... Psychiatric Patient (uncredited)
Phillip V. Caruso ... French War Photographer (uncredited)

Tom Detrik ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Joe Gerety ... Sprayer (uncredited)
Laura Glas ... Terrified Traveler #2 (uncredited)
John Hagy ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)

Adam Hatley ... Drug Addict (uncredited)

Bonnie Loev ... Time Portal Nurse (uncredited)
Julie Mabry ... Prostitute (uncredited)

Raymond Mamrak ... Travler (uncredited)

Sal Mazzotta ... Prisoner Joey (uncredited)

Roger Pratt ... Man Tying Shoe in Hotel (uncredited)

Allelon Ruggiero ... Inpatient (uncredited)

Renee Spei ... Demon (uncredited)
Richard Stanley ... Man in Transit Lounge (uncredited)
Thang ... Monkey Member (uncredited)
Susan Wool-Rush ... Avid Fan (uncredited)

Directed by
Terry Gilliam 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Chris Marker (film La Jetée)

David Webb Peoples (screenplay) (as David Peoples) &
Janet Peoples (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Cavallo .... executive producer
Mark Egerton .... associate producer
Robert Kosberg .... executive producer
Gary Levinsohn .... executive producer
Lloyd Phillips .... co-producer
Charles Roven .... producer
Kelley Smith-Wait .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Buckmaster 
 
Cinematography by
Roger Pratt (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Mick Audsley 
 
Casting by
Margery Simkin 
 
Production Design by
Jeffrey Beecroft 
 
Art Direction by
William Ladd Skinner  (as Wm Ladd Skinner)
 
Set Decoration by
Crispian Sallis 
 
Costume Design by
Julie Weiss 
 
Makeup Department
Christina Bartolucci .... hair & makeup: Bruce Willis
Christine Beveridge .... hair designer
Christine Beveridge .... makeup designer
William A. Kohout .... hair stylist (as William Kohout)
Peggy Nicholson .... key hair stylist
Allen Weisinger .... makeup artist (as Alan Weisinger)
 
Production Management
Charles Miller .... assistant production manager
Lloyd Phillips .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew Bernstein .... second second assistant director
Mark Egerton .... first assistant director
Philip A. Patterson .... second assistant director (as Phillip A. Patterson)
John Rusk .... first assistant director: second unit
 
Art Department
Ron Ashmore .... paint foreman
Kate Bartouldus .... set dresser (as Kate Bartoldus)
David Beach .... set dresser: Baltimore
Elizabeth Bell .... set dresser: Baltimore
Sally Boccella .... set dressing coordinator: Baltimore
Carl Catanese .... leadman: Baltimore
Matt Codd .... production illustrator
Christopher L. Conner .... foreman (as Chris Connor)
Joseph Timothy Conway .... on-set dresser: Philadelphia (as Joseph T. Conway)
F. Dale Davis .... set dresser: Baltimore (as Dale Davis)
Norman Dodge .... leadman: Philadelphia (as Norm Dodge)
Chad Doherty .... foreman
Steven Lane Ewing .... construction coordinator (as Steve Ewing)
Glen Foster .... carpenter
Tim Galvin .... assistant art director
Rick Gamez .... prop builder
Benjamin Goldberg .... set dressing coordinator: Philadelphia (as Ben Goldberg)
Wesley Goodwin .... carpenter (as Wes Goodwin)
Kevin Greene .... construction accountant
Doug Harlocker .... property master (as Douglas Harlocker)
Damien Harrer .... labor foreman: Philadelphia
William Hennessy .... set dresser
Robert Holtzman .... set buyer (as Robert 'Ratface' Holtzman)
Kevin Ishioka .... assistant art director
James Kelley .... set dresser: Baltimore (as Jim Kelley)
Lara Kelly .... art department coordinator
Mark Kendig .... carpenter
Peggy Khoury .... set buyer
Yvonne King .... set dresser: Philadelphia
Jay Klein .... set dresser: Baltimore
John D. Kretschmer .... leadman (as John Kretschmer)
Robert LaPrell .... assistant art director (as Bob LaPrell)
Robert LaPrell .... construction coordinator (as Bob LaPrell)
Hoang Le .... carpenter
Hoang Le .... gang boss
Ted Lubonovich II .... carpenter (as Ted Lubonvich)
Scott Maginnis .... assistant property master
Paul Maiello .... carpenter
Matt McAnany .... set dresser: Philadelphia
John Mills .... set dresser: Philadelphia
Paul A. Minitello .... painter (as Paul Minitello)
Larry Misselhorn .... greensman
Scott T. Pina .... carpenter (as Scott Pina)
Scott T. Pina .... gang boss (as Scott Pina)
Gary Pugh .... carpenter
Scott Purcell .... graphic artist (as R. Scott Purcell)
Greg Rocco .... on-set dresser: Baltimore
Michael Sabo .... set dresser: Baltimore (as Mike Sabo)
John Martin Schmidt .... set dresser
Thomas H.E. Scruggs .... set dresser (as Thomas Scruggs)
Wayne Smith .... stand-by painter
Meg Hyatt Snow .... assistant props
Jeff Stacy .... set dresser
Tom Watkins .... set dresser: Philadelphia
Jim S. Williams .... set dresser: Philadelphia (as Jim Williams)
Paul Williams .... gang boss
William F. Wirth .... foreman (as Bill Wirth)
Chris Wolf .... foreman
Thomas Ashley .... art production assistant (uncredited)
Steve Cotroneo .... prop fabricator (uncredited)
Drew H. Fash .... property assistant (uncredited)
Lilly Frank .... graphics assistant (uncredited)
Jon E. Graf .... shop craftsman (uncredited)
Randy G. Herbert .... construction gang boss (uncredited)
Edward J. Johnson .... carpenter (uncredited)
Warren Manser .... illustrator (uncredited)
Silvija L. Moess .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Charles J. Scott .... set decorating welder (uncredited)
Nell Stifel .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Christine Sysko .... set dresser (uncredited)
Thomas Turnbull .... construction foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Mick Boggis .... re-recording mixer
Nick Church .... digital sound advisor
Simon Cozens .... assistant sound editor
Jennie Evans .... digital sound editor
Diane Greaves .... foley artist
Peter Joly .... supervising sound editor
Danny Longhurst .... dialogue editor
Peter Maxwell .... re-recording mixer
Jay Meagher .... sound mixer
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer
Clive Pendry .... re-recording mixer
Imogen Pollard .... sound editor
Tasha Pym .... apprentice sound editor
Dave Robinson .... utility
Randy Smith .... boom operator
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Jason Swanscott .... foley artist
Ted Swanscott .... foley recordist
Dominick Tavella .... adr mixer
Budge Tremlett .... adr editor
Ian Wilson .... foley editor
Steve Hancock .... studio sound technician (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
David Acord .... on set special effects technician
Russell Hardee .... on set special effects technician
James Healy .... on set special effects technician
Russell Hurlburt .... on set special effects technician
Paul Kocar .... on set special effects technician
Thomas Lockey .... on set special effects technician
Joseph P. Mercurio .... on set special effects technician (as Joe Mercurio)
Shirley Montefusco .... special effects project manager
Vincent Montefusco .... pyrotechnic engineer
Vincent Montefusco .... special effects mechanical engineer
Anthony Simonaitis .... special effects on set supervisor
Keith Suzuki .... special effects shop foreman
Beecher Tomlinson .... on set special effects technician (as Beacher Tomlinson)
Steve Cotroneo .... special effects prop fabricator (uncredited)
Gary Pilkinton .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Richard Bain .... digital compositor: Peerless Camera
Martin Body .... digital compositor: Peerless Camera
Steve Cutmore .... digital compositor: Peerless Camera
Ditch Doy .... computer graphics animator: Peerless Camera (as Richard Doy)
Doug Forrest .... digital compositor: Peerless Camera
Emily Goodman .... digital snow effects: Peerless Camera
Jim Goodman .... digital snow effects: Peerless Camera
Kent Houston .... visual effects supervisor: Peerless Camera
Tim Ollive .... computer graphics animator: Peerless Camera
Chris Panton .... digital compositor: Peerless Camera
Joshua Pines .... digital snow effects: Peerless Camera (as Josh Pines)
Susi Roper .... visual effects coordinator: Peerless Camera
David Smith .... optical effects: Peerless Camera
Dean Yurke .... computer graphics supervisor: Peerless Camera (as Manfred-Dean Yurke)
Andrea Adams .... computer graphics animator (uncredited)
Jim Davey .... scanning and recording (uncredited)
Sean Hedges-Quinn .... model maker (uncredited)
Sarah Marchant .... Flame compositor (uncredited)
Paul Round .... digital compositor (uncredited)
John Swinnerton .... compositor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
G.A. Aguilar .... stunts (as George Aguilar)
Sandy Alexander .... stunts
Bill Anagnos .... stunts (as Billy Anagnos)
John Copeman .... stunt agent
Paul Couch .... stunts
Douglas Crosby .... stunts (as Doug Crosby)
E.J. Evans .... stunts
Terry Jackson .... stunt double: Bruce Willis
Ronald Jaynes .... stunts
Chuck Jeffreys .... stunts
Sean Kelly .... stunt waiter
David S. Lomax .... stunts (as David Lomax)
Steve Martin .... stunts (as Steve Earl Martin)
Cynthia Neilson .... stunt guest
Phil Neilson .... stunt coordinator
Phil Neilson .... stunts
Elliot Santiago .... stunts
Steve Santosusso .... stunts
Brian Smyj .... stunts
Michael S. Walter .... stunts (as Michael Walter)
Aaron Michael Lacey .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Applefeld .... video assist: Baltimore
Rhett Bloomquist .... grip (as Rhett Bloomquiet)
Phillip V. Caruso .... still photographer (as Phil Caruso)
David Cecil .... electrician
Andrew Reed Conner .... electrician
Bill Fiedler .... electrician (as Bill Fielder)
Chuck Finch .... chief lighting technician (as Robert 'Chuck' Finch)
Mike Finnegan .... rigging grip: Baltimore
Rodney French .... best boy rigging grip
Bill Gerardo .... second assistant camera (as William Gerardo)
Vinnie Gerardo .... first assistant camera (as Vincent Gerardo)
Thomas Greco .... loader (as Thomas Grecco)
Craig Haagensen .... camera operator
Thomas Jirgal .... best boy grip (as Casey Jirgal)
William Jones .... grip (as Bill Jones)
Ian Kelly .... video assist operator
Thomas Lappin .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Tom Lappin)
Craig Ligget .... rigging gaffer
Steven Litecky .... assistant chief lighting technician
Patrick McGrath .... dolly grip (as Pat McGrath)
Matt Miller .... rigging grip
Mike Miller .... key grip (as Michael Miller)
Peter Norman .... camera operator: "b" camera
Lance E. Phox .... rigging electric best boy (as Lance Phox)
Kyle Rudolph .... camera operator: "b" camera
Keith Salkowski .... electrician
John Martin Schmidt .... video engineer
Lee Shapira .... grip
Blackford 'Boots' Shelton .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Boots Sheldon)
Brian Snell .... grip: Baltimore
Jeffrey Baxter .... grip (uncredited)
Rob Coughlin .... grip (uncredited)
William P. Fiedler .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael Goldman .... electrician (uncredited)
Toshiaki Ozawa .... electrician (uncredited)
David Renken .... daily electrician (uncredited)
George Roach .... grip (uncredited)
Ed Slater .... grip (uncredited)
Jarvis B. Wilsher .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Susan Gish .... extras casting
Marissa Giunta .... casting assistant
Mikie Heilbrum .... casting associate
Mike Lemon .... casting: Philadelphia
Cathy Pritchard .... extras casting
Amanda Stern .... casting assistant
Eric Zuckerman .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dodson Elliott .... costume production assistant
Anne Gorman .... costume shop supervisor: Philadelphia
Marina Marit .... costumer
B.J. Rogers .... costumer
Eric H. Sandberg .... costume supervisor (as Eric Sandberg)
Shana Schoepke .... costume production assistant
Melissa Stanton .... wardrobe supervisor
Christopher Gilman .... specialty wardrobe (uncredited)
B.J. Rogers .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Monica Anderson .... second assistant editor: Baltimore
Victoria Boydell .... second assistant editor
Hermione Byrt .... second assistant editor
Trevor Collins .... negative cutter
Lucy Darwin .... post-production coordinator
Dan Gane .... first assistant editor
Celia Haining .... apprentice editor
Pam Hall .... post production assistant
Erin Miller .... apprentice editor
Amanda Pollack .... second assistant editor
Brian Ufberg .... first assistant editor
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor (as Joey Violante)
Eddie Wilder .... color timer
Glyn Williams .... post production assistant (as J. Glyn Williams)
Eric McClain .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Paul Buckmaster .... conductor
Paul Buckmaster .... orchestrator
Robin Clarke .... music editor
Graham Farrow .... assistant music editor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestral contractor
Charles Olins .... re-recorded music producer
Eric Tomlinson .... scoring engineer
Gavyn Wright .... orchestra leader
Peter Davies .... musician (uncredited)
Erik Jordan .... assistant scoring engineer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Richard Curry .... driver (as Richie Curry)
Joseph Hawkins .... driver
Ted Robison .... driver
Bob Rocco .... driver
James Patrick Whalen Jr. .... transportation coordinator (as James Whelan Jr.)
Charles E. Bauer .... driver (uncredited)
Michael Luckeroth .... driver (uncredited)
Gerald Titus .... driver (uncredited)
Douglas A. Walk .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Kathi Ash .... assistant location manager: Baltimore
Marilyn Bailey .... script supervisor
Howard Baral .... post-production accountant: R.C. Baral & Co.
Valerie Bartlett .... production secretary: Baltimore
Thomas 'Doc' Boguski .... assistant production office coordinator: Philadelphia
Stephen Bridgewater .... radio programmes performer
Alex Brown .... production assistant
Jan Carroll .... dailies projectionist: Philadelphia
Penny Causer .... title designer
Jim Clubb .... animal coordinator: London
Melissa Stanley Cohen .... assistant production office coordinator: Baltimore (as Melissa 'Stanley' Cohen)
John 'JR' Craigmile .... payroll accountant (as John 'J.R.' Craigmile)
Ted Criswell .... set medic
Deborah Dasher .... post-production accountant: R.C. Baral & Co.
Marc Diener .... legal services
Tim Downs .... location production assistant
Liz Dykhouse .... assistant production accountant
Stephen J. Eads .... assistant: Mr. Willis (as Stephen Eads)
Scott Elias .... location manager
George Figgs .... projectionist: Baltimore
Lisbeth Fouse .... assistant: Mr. Gilliam
Carole French .... craft service assistant: Philadelphia
Alan Glazer .... assistant: Mr. Roven
Reva Grantham .... craft service
Chad Graves .... assistant: Mr. Pitt
Solita Hanna .... production assistant
Ellen M. Hillers .... second unit coordinator (as Ellen Hillers)
Warren Holcomb .... legal services
Pino Insegno .... voice dubbing: Brad Pitt
Ernie Karpeles .... animal coordinator
Walter Kiesling .... production assistant (as Walter Scott)
Suzanne Koneful .... location production assistant
Avi Korein .... security: Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt
Ernie Malik .... unit publicist
Theresa Marsh .... assistant production accountant
Emily McGovern .... production assistant
Anna Mewbourne .... assistant location manager
Joy Moody .... assistant: Mr. Phillips
Terry Morse Jr. .... bond representative (as Terry Morse)
Elena Moscatt .... craft service: Baltimore
Norm Nelson .... production secretary: Philadelphia
Elizabeth J. Nevin .... production coordinator
Terry Ostrow .... assistant: Ms. Stowe
Mark Quigg .... caterer
Andrea Rapke .... production assistant (as Andrea Scheinberg-Rapke)
Deborah Ricketts .... video research
Timothy Shannon .... set captain (as Tim Shannon)
Richard Suckle .... production executive: Atlas
Ken Tarallo .... pyrotechnic foreman
Matilde Valera .... production accountant
Foard J. Wilgis .... co-captain: Baltimore (as Foard Wilgis)
Jomo Kenyatta Wilson .... production assistant (as Jomo Wilson)
Lebbeus Woods .... interrogation room set inspired by
Charley Armstrong .... location scout (uncredited)
Denise A. Beale .... production assistant: Baltimore (uncredited)
Stephen Bridgewater .... drama coach: Brad Pitt (uncredited)
Jamie Nicholette Frey .... production assistant (uncredited)
Adam Hatley .... stand-in: Brad Pitt (uncredited)
Melissa Holt .... production assistant (uncredited)
Fred King .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael LaCorte .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Lehman .... location scout (uncredited)
Kurt Leitner .... production assistant (uncredited)
Derrick Loris .... production office intern (uncredited)
Len Murach .... film runner (uncredited)
Brian Ransom .... video project coordinator (uncredited)
Michael Smith .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kirsten Turner .... production assistant (uncredited)
Rick Walls .... production assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Robert Zorella .... accounting intern (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Shelly Brett .... the producers and director wish to thank
Paul Carr .... the producers and director wish to thank
Ray Cooper .... the producers and director wish to thank
Catherine Councill .... the producers and director wish to thank: Maryland Film Commission
Burr S. Eichelman .... the producers and director wish to thank (as Burr S. Eichelman M.D.)
Robert Farr .... the producers and director wish to thank
Keith Fulton .... the producers and director wish to thank
Jack Gerbes .... the producers and director wish to thank: Maryland Film Commission
Laszlo Gyulai .... the producers and director wish to thank (as Laszlo Gyulai M.D.)
Reg Larkman .... the producers and director wish to thank: Planet Hollywood London
Hans Orff .... the producers and director wish to thank (as Prof. Hans Orff)
Louis Pepe .... the producers and director wish to thank
Sharon Pinkenson .... the producers and director wish to thank: Greater Philadelphia Film Commission
Michael Styer .... the producers and director wish to thank: Maryland Film Commission
A.C. Ula .... the producers and director wish to thank (as Dr. A.C. Ula)
Eric Whikehart .... the producers and director wish to thank (as Eric Whikehart M.D.)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for violence and language
Runtime:
129 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:16 (w) | Iceland:14 (original rating) | Iceland:16 (video rating) | India:A | Italy:T | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:NC-16 (re-rating) | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #34153)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The revolver that Cole is handed at the end is a Cavalry Model Le Mat, as used by the Confederacy during the American Civil War.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: The scientists of the future should already have had Cole's last message from the airport before they sent him. They played back Dr. Railly's message "before" she had left it in the chronology of the movie, so they could also have had from the beginning all messages that anyone would leave on the secret machine at any time. However, the scientists explain that the process is very time consuming ("one word at a time") and that they had only deciphered Dr. Railly's message a few days ago, so they might not have gotten Cole's message yet.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Title Card:...5 billion people will die from a deadly virus in 1997... /... The survivors will abandon the surface of he planet... /... Once again the animals will rule the world... / - Excerpts from interview with clinically diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, April 12, 1990 - Baltimore County Hospital.
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453 out of 491 people found the following review useful.
Gilliam's Masterpiece of Madness, 29 November 2000
Author: Josh (darkjosh333@yahoo.com) from Los Angeles, CA

Terry Gilliam's fantastic, twisted story of a virus destroying all but a handful of people across the Earth and forcing them to move underground and the man sent back in time to gather information about it is a fantastic, dizzying, and highly stylized film that boasts Bruce Willis' best performance ever.

What sets 12 Monkeys apart from most time-travel sci-fi movies is that Bruce Willis character actually deals with what the psychological effects of time-travel, that is, not knowing what reality is actual reality: the place that the time-traveler comes from or goes to. Also, the film recognizes that things that have past cannot be altered and that the prevention of a cataclysmic event, in this case the release of said virus, cannot be stopped or changed. As Willis asserts "It's already happened," while he's in a mental hospital, the major dilemma the film trudges into is not a trite, overdone plot to save the world; instead it's Willis' inner struggle to simply survive himself. It's a fresh, innovative concept, and it works beautifully thanks to a tautly written script by Peoples and Gilliam's unique brand of dementia.

Besides this, 12 Monkey's storytelling is totally non-linear and instead opts to distort and bend the way the story is told skillfully incorporating a bevy of different time sequences: flashbacks, dreams, memories, the present, the past, the future, and even a scene that is lifted out of Hitchcock's Vertigo. All serve to envelop the viewer into its disturbing cacophony of madness and futility.

Visually, Gilliam is a master of desolate umbrage and shadow rivalling Tim Burton in his strikingly despondent scenery and imagery. With cold, wide, and immersing cinematography, Gilliam plunges into the colorless surroundings and darkness of his characters. The scenes are often bathed in a strangely antiseptic, dead white and help serve as a contrast to the often veering-on-madness characters.

Performance-wise, Brad Pitt steals most scenes, filling them with a patented loony, off-the-wall performance that deservedly garnered him an Oscar nomination. As mentioned, Bruce Willis gives the best performance of his career, not reverting to his heroic cliches and cardboard hero and instead portraying Cole as a simple, poignant, tragic everyman. Equally good is Madeline Stowe as Willis' psychologist. She holds her own, injecting her character with both wild energy and strength as she collapses under the weight of what she comes to believe is a false 'religion.'

Gilliam's expert, overwhelming, and complex handling of what could have been a routine action/sci-fi film makes 12 Monkeys a compelling vision of a nightmarish, futuristic landscape. Its rich, well-thought out, intricate storyline along with bravura performances from the entire cast and its brooding, bleak cinematography make it a masterpiece of madness. Ranking in my top 10 of all time, 12 Monkeys is a darkly lavish spectacle of a film brimming with brilliance.

10 out of 10

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