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.
The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland was used as the setting for the lecture during which Dr. Railly is introduced. The film opens on a closeup of The Ideal City, one of the Walters' most iconic paintings and one which Terry Gilliam really liked for the... ...
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 television in the sanitarium announces that the featured picture is the Marx Brothers' Monkey Business, but the clip they show is from their first film, believed to have been removed, and replaced with; The Cocoanuts.
The symbol of the 12 Monkeys provides the backdrop for the opening and closing credits.
£1,320,430 (UK) (19 April 1996)
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