R | | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.
Terry Gilliam's first choice for the lead role was Jeff Bridges, whom he had enjoyed working with on The Fisher King (1991), but the studio wanted a bigger star, so he cast Bruce Willis. Ironically, Willis had originally auditioned for "The Fisher King", but lost out to Bridges.
Jose - psst! Jose, what's going on?
Jose: Bad news, man
James Cole: Volunteers?
Jose: Yeah. And they said your name.
Jose: Hey, maybe they'll give you a pardon, man.
James Cole: Yeah, that's why none of the volunteers come back. They all get a pardon.
When they are in the car in 1996 and Cole wishes for the volume to be turned up, Kathryn presses the button on the radio. The frequency changes, but the volume goes up. -- Actually the frequency doesn't change. Initially time was displayed (9:33) and when she presses the button frequency is displayed (103.7).
The symbol of the 12 Monkeys provides the backdrop for the opening and closing credits.
£1,320,430 (UK) (19 April 1996)
Dive deep into IMDb Picks, Amazon Originals, and more.