Plot: 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.

Rating: R (for violence and language.)

Directed By: Terry Gilliam

Written By: David Peoples, Janet Peoples

Production: Universal Pictures, Atlas Entertainment, Classico

In Theaters: January 05, 1996

On DVD: March 31, 1998

Box Office: $57.1M

Budget: $29,000,000 (estimated)

Runtime: 129 min.

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Young Cole – Joseph Melito
James Cole – Bruce Willis
Jose – Jon Seda
Scarface – Michael Chance
Tiny – Vernon Campbell
Botanist – H. Michael Walls
Geologist – Bob Adrian

Zoologist – Simon Jones
Astrophysicist – Carol Florence
Microbiologist – Bill Raymond
Engineer – Ernest Abuba
Poet – Irma St. Paule
Kathryn Railly – Madeleine Stowe
Detective Franki – Joey Perillo