Twelve Monkeys

Synopsis: An unknown and lethal virus has wiped out five billion people in 1996. Only 1% of the population has survived by the year 2035, and is forced to live underground. A convict (James Cole) reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to 1996 to gather information about the origin of the epidemic (who he's told was spread by a mysterious "Army of the Twelve Monkeys") and locate the virus before it mutates so that scientists can study it. Unfortunately Cole is mistakenly sent to 1990, six years earlier than expected, and is arrested and locked up in a mental institution, where he meets Dr. Kathryn Railly, a psychiatrist, and Jeffrey Goines, the insane son of a famous scientist and virus expert.
Director(s): Terry Gilliam
Production: Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 18 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
129 min

in the hospital!

The medic gave him enough

stellazine to kill a horse.

Look at him. Rarin' to go.

That would explain the bruises,

I guess. The struggle.

Yeah. You wanna go in there,

examine him, what?

Yes, please.

Is this all you have?

Ran it through your system?

No matchup. No license, no prints,

no warrants. Nothing.

- I should probably go in with you.

- No, thank you.

- That won't be necessary.

- All right.

He'll be right here...

just in case.

Mr. Cole, my name is Kathryn Railly.

I'm a psychiatrist.

I work for the county.

I don't work for the police.

So my concern is for your well-being.

Do you understand that?

Need to go! Need to go!

I can't make the police let you go.

But I do wanna help you, so l-

I need you to tell me exactly

what happened tonight.

Do you think

you can do that, James?

May I call you James?


Nobody ever calls me that.

- Have you been a patient at County?

- No.

- Have I seen you someplace?

- Not possible.

I need to go! I need to- I'm

supposed to be gathering information.

- What kind of information?

- Won't help you.

Won't help anyone.

Won't change anything.

James, do you know

why you're here?

- 'Cause I'm a good observer.

Got a tough mind.

- I see.

You don't remember assaulting

a police officer?

Why am I chained?

Why are these chains on me?

You've been in an institution before,

haven't you?

- Or hospital?

- No! Now I need to go. Need to go!

- Have you been in prison, James?

- Underground.


I love this air.

Oh, it's such wonderful air.

-What's wonderful about the air, James?

-Very fresh. No germs.

Why do you think there aren't

any germs in the air?

- This is October, right?

- April.

- What year is this?

- What year do you think it is?

That's the future, James. Do you

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