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November 1996 (UK) See more »
A documentary following Terry Gilliam through the creation of "12 Monkeys" (1995) | Full synopsis »
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very good making-of doc, though I prefer Lost in La Mancha a little more See more (7 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Keith Fulton ... Narrator (voice)
Dorothea Braemer ... Additional Voices (voice)
Kristi Connors ... Additional Voices (voice)
Ken Haas ... Additional Voices (voice)
John Haralambous ... Additional Voices (voice)
Daniel Hardt ... Additional Voices (voice)
Bob Hering ... Additional Voices (voice)
Meg Knowles ... Additional Voices (voice)
Michael Kuetemeyer ... Additional Voices (voice)
Karin Morris ... Additional Voices (voice)
Birgitte Mortensen ... Additional Voices (voice)
Michael O'Reilly ... Additional Voices (voice)
Christopher Sapienza ... Additional Voices (voice)
Anula Shetty ... Additional Voices (voice)
Brad Thoennes ... Additional Voices (voice)
Nanette Wizov ... Additional Voices (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mick Audsley ... Himself
Jeffrey Beecroft ... Himself
Mark Egerton ... Himself

Terry Gilliam ... Himself

Ernie Malik ... Himself
David Webb Peoples ... Himself (as David Peoples)
Janet Peoples ... Herself

Lloyd Phillips ... Himself

Charles Roven ... Himself
Crispian Sallis ... Himself

Aaron Michael Lacey ... Himself / WWI Sergeant (uncredited)
Joseph Melito ... Himself (uncredited)

Brad Pitt ... Himself (uncredited)

Christopher Plummer ... Himself (uncredited)

Madeleine Stowe ... Herself (uncredited)

Bruce Willis ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Keith Fulton 
Louis Pepe 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Keith Fulton 
Louis Pepe 

Produced by
Lucy Darwin .... associate producer
Lisbeth Fouse .... associate producer
Keith Fulton .... producer
Alan Glazer .... executive producer
Louis Pepe .... producer
Original Music by
John Benskin 
Cinematography by
Keith Fulton 
Louis Pepe 
Film Editing by
Keith Fulton 
Louis Pepe 
Production Management
Juli Vizza .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Joe di Mattia .... sound recording engineer
Keith Fulton .... sound
Mark Knox .... narration recordist
Louis Pepe .... sound
Steve Rowland .... sound designer
Camera and Electrical Department
Keith Fulton .... camera operator
Louis Pepe .... camera operator
Animation Department
Chaim Bianco .... animator
Joseph C. Pepe .... walking monkey animation (as Joseph Pepe)
Editorial Department
Cheryl Hess .... on-line editor
Eugene Martin .... on-line editor
Ann Tegnell .... editorial consultant
Juli Vizza .... on-line editor
Music Department
Markus Armotowski .... assistant recording engineer
John Benskin .... musician: viola
Chris Hagan .... assistant recording engineer
Daniel Hardt .... musician: violin
Carmelo Pino .... musician: accordion
Keiko Sato .... musician: piano
Glyn Williams .... soundtrack session footage (as J. Glyn Williams)
Other crew
Amadee Braxton .... distribution researcher
Victoria Byczkiewicz .... transcribing
Lori Elberg .... transcribing (as Lori Grossman)
Andrew Hurwitz .... production counsel (as Andrew J. Hurwitz)
Alice Kinkelovers .... archival researcher
Valerie Koscelnik .... archival researcher
Chris Marker .... photograph source
Robert McLaughlin .... archival researcher
Robert McLaughlin .... transcriber
Alexander Murphy Jr. .... production counsel
Snarby Richard .... interpreter
Shashwati Talukdar .... transcribing
Lebbeus Woods .... set
Susan Adelizzi .... thanks
Warren Bass .... special thanks
Colleen A. Benn .... special thanks
Jean-Marc Bouineau .... thanks
Dorothea Braemer .... thanks
Stephen Bridgewater .... thanks
Elizabeth Brous .... thanks
David Bryen .... thanks
Terri Cafaro .... thanks
Kristi Connors .... thanks
Jerome Deppe .... thanks
Chris Dwyer .... thanks
Dodson Elliott .... thanks
Mary Flanagan .... thanks
Nigel Fountain .... thanks
Larry Freedman .... thanks
Beverly Fulton .... thanks
Robert Fulton .... thanks
Vincent Fumo .... thanks
Dean Galanis .... thanks
Lissa Gibbs .... thanks
Avner Gidron .... thanks
Matt Gould .... thanks
Julie Gustafson .... thanks
David Haas .... special thanks
Marlé Hammond .... thanks
Adam Hatley .... thanks
Monica Henriquez .... thanks
David Ingersol .... thanks
Simon Jones .... thanks
Nancy Lewis .... thanks
Marian Masone .... thanks
Jack McCarthy .... thanks
Susan Moses .... thanks
Sharon Mullally .... thanks
Hébert Peck .... thanks
Joseph C. Pepe .... thanks (as Joseph Pepe)
Mary Lou Pepe .... thanks
Pete Pepe .... thanks (as Peter Pepe Jr.)
Peter Pepe .... thanks
Sharon Pinkenson .... thanks
Cindy Rehm .... thanks
Carrie Rickey .... thanks
Edwin Rupert .... thanks
Joe Schramm .... thanks
Kelley Smith-Wait .... thanks
R.C. Staab .... thanks
Margie Strosser .... thanks
Morrie Warshawski .... thanks
David E. Williams .... thanks
Crew verified as complete

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88 min
Aspect Ratio:
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This documentary is featured on the Twelve Monkeys (1995) DVD, released in 2004.See more »
Mick Audsley:Art is working on something till you like it, then leaving it that way.See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
very good making-of doc, though I prefer Lost in La Mancha a little more, 1 November 2006
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

It's always a treat for me to see how a really fantastic film got put together, either through a book or through a documentary in the whole process. Sometimes they're pretty boring, particularly when everyone pats themselves on the back for doing such a good job, or when it's just put together in a haphazard way that doesn't really cover what you'd want it to. The Hamster Factor is different and engaging in that it actually covers the little things, the drama along with the joy, the frustration, the creativity and compromises that are struck up. And that it's also covering a Terry Gilliam making-of makes it all the more wild and funny. It's the first doc by the same directors of Lost in La Mancha, and I could tell a very similar style going on with how they pieced together footage, cut things up into segments, and even included little animations (detailing Brazil and Baron Munchausen's follies). It's almost like a test run for what they would later do with La Mancha, as here they're just trying to keep up with what everyone else is doing on the set.

It's interesting too to see Gilliam with a lot of uncertainties with the picture, because when I first saw 12 Monkeys- and when I see it today- I'm struck by how accomplished and finely tuned and daring so much of it is, as it leaves you questioning yourself even, not just the movie itself. The doc is a little rough around the edges sometimes, and it doesn't have the full-on rush and unexpectedness of La Mancha. But there were some scenes here that I liked just as much as the best scenes in the other documentary, if not more so. The whole section regarding the test screening was the main one for me (and I've been to test screenings before), as the directors show a focus group, talking about a work of art like it was a toothpaste bottle or a buffalo; all the more ironic because Gilliam HAD final cut, but this was used really as leverage for the studio to add some fuel to their 'what the hell is this movie' fire. But to see overall the creative process at such a high volume here is quite entertaining, with the interviews with everyone- not just Gilliam- adding some light on 12 Monkeys, which I've seen many times, and given it just a little more context. Above average for a special-feature on a DVD, I'd say.

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