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.
13 February 2005 | bob the moo
Imaginative, clever, engaging and very enjoyable one of the best sci-fi's I've seen
In the future humans exist underground, the surface having become uninhabitable due to the release of a virus years ...
The "TV Ball" prop was notoriously problematic, with either the electronics or hydraulics breaking almost every time it was used.
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.
The scene in the department store with the tall indoor glass ceilings (shown both in "good" shape and later "ruined"), occurs in the Grand Court at the old Wanamakers store. In later November, the court would have been fully decorated for Christmas, including the traditional light show, which fully takes up one whole wall of the court. This scene was clearly shot beyond the Christmas season.
The symbol of the 12 Monkeys provides the backdrop for the opening and closing credits.
$14,200,000 (USA) (7 January 1996)
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