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

think you're living in the future?

No, 1996 is the future.

This is 1990.

- Shut up, ladies.

- Where're you taking me?

South of France, buddy.

Fancy hotel. You'll love it.

I can't go. I just need

to make a telephone call.

Yeah, yeah. Zip it, daisy.

You fooled the shrink,

but you don't fool us.

Let's go, ace.

All right.

Come on, come on.

There you go.

Now, lemme see your head, Jimbo.

- See if you got any creepy crawlers.

- I need to make a telephone call.

Got to take you over

to the doctor, Jimbo.

- Can't make no calls

'til the doctor says.

- It's very important!

What you gotta do, Jimbo,

is take it easy. Relax into things.

And we'll all get along fine

if you just relax.

Wow! Whoo-oo!

Let's go.

Come on. Let's go.

Hey, Goines!

Yo, Goines!

Yo, Jeffrey!


- What?

- Look here.

This here's James. Now, do me a favor.

Why don't you show him around?

Tell him the TV rules.

Show him the games and stuff. Okay?

How much you gonna pay me?

How much? I'd be doin' your job.

- Five thousand dollars,

my man. That enough?

- Five thousand?

I'll wire a check

to your account as usual.

- Five thousand dollars!

Five thousand dollars!

- Five thousand dollars.

- I'll give him the deluxe

mental hospital tour.

- My man!

- Kid around, makes 'em

feel good. We're pals.

- I love you.

- You're the prisoners.

No, you're the guards.

- Now you got it.

Okay, it's all in good fun.

Here's some games here.

And there's-

Get out! Get out!

- He was in my chair.

Games. Games.

Here's some games.

Games that wanna get out.

See? More games.

Games. They vegetize you.

See? Aah.

If you play the games,

you're voluntarily

taking a tranquilizer.

I guess they gave you

some chemical restraints. Drugs!

What'd they give you? Thorazine?

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