The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys (1996)

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A documentary following Terry Gilliam through the creation of "12 Monkeys" (1995)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Fulton ...
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Dorothea Braemer ...
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Kristi Connors ...
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Ken Haas ...
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John Haralambous ...
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Daniel Hardt ...
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Bob Hering ...
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Meg Knowles ...
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Michael Kuetemeyer ...
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Karin Morris ...
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Birgitte Mortensen ...
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Michael O'Reilly ...
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Christopher Sapienza ...
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Anula Shetty ...
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Brad Thoennes ...
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A documentary following Terry Gilliam through the creation of "12 Monkeys" (1995)

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November 1996 (UK)  »

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Der Hamster Faktor und andere Twelve Monkeys Geschichten  »

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The title refers to a production issue in Twelve Monkeys (1995), where a hamster in a hamster exercise wheel was used as part of the set decoration. When the hamster refused to perform at the appropriate time, production was halted, causing a relatively simple scene (less than 10 seconds of screen time) to take almost an entire day to film. See more »


Mick Audsley: Art is working on something till you like it, then leaving it that way.
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References The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) See more »


L'Amour Est Un Oiseau Rebelle
From Carmen by Georges Bizet
Performed by Suzanne Loerch (mezzo-soprano)
Linda Blondel (piano)
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Praise for getting a real look at movie-making.
21 January 1999 | by (Boalsburg, PA) – See all my reviews

Rarely do you get to view the real behind the scenes of movie making. Most of the times these films are just lengthy pitches for the movie. The Hamster Factor tells its own story about the struggles of the director,producer, crew and less importantly the actors in bringing a finished product to the audience that will please everyone including the director who often has a separate and lofter vision than the producer.The balance is a delicate one, for if the audience isn't pleased then there will be no money for the next film.The only other memorable documentary of a movie that I can remember was the one by Mrs. Francis Ford Coppola documenting the making of Apocalypse Now. Wow! I considered it more dramatic than the movie.

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