"...5 billion people will die from a deadly virus in 1997... The survivors will abandon the surface of the planet... Once again the animals will rule the world..."12 Monkeys
— Excerpts from interview with clinically diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, April 12, 1990 — Baltimore County Hospital.
is an Academy Award-nominated 1995 science fiction film directed by Terry Gilliam
and written by David and Janet Peoples
. The film was inspired by the French short film La Jetée
. It stars Bruce Willis
, Madeleine Stowe, and Brad Pitt
, who won a Golden Globe for best supporting actor; Pitt was also nominated for an Academy Award in the same category.
There is a chance that James Cole is not insane. His paranoid ravings about a post-apocalyptic future in which the world has been ravaged by a deadly virus might be true, and the Army of the Twelve Monkeys might be real. The only trouble is, if Dr. Kathryn Railly accepts this, she will have to accept a terrifying truth: The End of the World as We Know It
is coming... very soon.Beware of spoilers
The film was adapted into a television series
for the Syfy Channel
, premiering in January 2015.
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