12 Monkeys script
12 Monkeys (1996)
Synopsis: Traveling back in time isn't simple, as James Cole (Bruce Willis) learns the hard way. Imprisoned in the 2030s, James is recruited for a mission that will send him back to the 1990s. Once there, he's supposed to gather information about a nascent plague that's about to exterminate the vast majority of the world's population. But, aside from the manic Jeffrey (Brad Pitt), he gets little in the way of cooperation, not least from medical gatekeepers like Dr. Kathryn Railly (Madeleine Stowe).

EXT. STREET - NIGHT (FIRST LIGHT)

A giant OWL, perched on an overhead traffic light, raises its wings

and lifts off...rising higher and higher into the brightening sky.

Below, on the street, COLE trudges along, passing deserted

buildings, windows broken, rusted signs dangling.

INT. DEPARTMENT STORE - NIGHT (FIRST LIGHT)

COLE'S light reveals a spider web just inside the store. A large

SPIDER tries to hide from the light.

COLE reaches carefully into the web and plucks the spider and

puts it into one of his specimen tubes.

Then, he shines his light all around the once elegant store. There's

nothing but aisle after aisle of moldering consumer goods.

EXT. DEPARTMENT STORE - DAWN

As COLE comes out of the store, the first rays of the sun hit the

building. COLE stops, squints into the light through his visor.

COLE'S POV:
spray-painted on the wall a long time ago is a stenciled

logo of twelve monkeys holding hands in a circle. Over it is

written, "WE DID IT!"

COLE looks up.

COLE'S POV:
high up on a building across the street, a LION

patrols a ledge, pauses, looks out majestically over his world.

TTTLES END:

INT. FIRST UNDERGROUND DECONTAMINATION CHAMBER - ETERNAL NIGHT

ROARING WATER, powerful torrents gushing from nozzles in the

wall, pummel the still-suited COLE.

INT. SECOND UNDERGROUND DECONTAMINATION CHAMBER - ETERNAL NIGHT

Stark naked and shivering, COLE is being scrubbed with brushes on

long poles (like the ones used to wash cars) wielded by two HULKING

FIGURES in bulky decontamination suits, their personas lost in their

windowed masks. It's a grim scene in a grim cement room with damp,

dripping walls. From an unseen source comes an AMPLIFIED VOICE,

AMPLIFIED VOICE (o.s.)

Raise your arms above your head.

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David Peoples

David Webb Peoples (born c. 1940) is an American screenwriter, best known for the films Blade Runner, Unforgiven and Twelve Monkeys. more…

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