Terry Gilliam

USA, 1995 / 129 min / English and French OV with French subt. / Thriller, Science Fiction

Terry Gilliam Retrospective

In 2035, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about a man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population.

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. James Cole, a convict, reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to 1996 to gather information about the origin of the epidemic which he's told was spread by a mysterious "Army of the Twelve Monkeys". His mission is to locate the virus before it mutates so that scientists can study it. Unfortunately, Cole is mistakenly sent to 1990, six years further back than planned, and is arrested and locked up in a mental institution. There he meets Dr. Kathryn Railly, a psychiatrist, and Jeffrey Goines, the insane son of an eminent environmental virologist. As he delves into the mystery, he starts hearing voices, loses his bearings, and begins to doubt his own sanity.


Sat 13/03 13:00 Cinémathèque EN & FR OV with FR subt. Public
  • Best Art Direction, 20/20 Awards, 2016 (USA)
  • Top Box Office Films, ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards, 1997 (USA)
  • Favorite Supporting Actor - Science Fiction, Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, 1997 (USA)
  • Best Director, Empire Awards, 1997 (UK)
  • Best Science Fiction Film, Saturn Awards, 1996 (USA)
  • Best Costumes, Saturn Awards, 1996 (USA)
  • Best Supporting Actor – Brad Pitt, Saturn Awards, 1996 (USA)
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Brad Pitt, Golden Globes, 1996 (USA)
  • Reader's Choice Award for the Best Actress – Madeleine Stowe, Sci-Fi Universe Magazine, 1996 (USA)
  • Reader's Choice Award for the Best Supporting Actor– Brad Pitt, Sci-Fi Universe Magazine, 1996 (USA)
Cast & Credits
Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer, Madeleine Stowe, Vernon Campbell, Joseph Melito, Christopher Meloni
David Webb Peoples, Janet Peoples, based on the short „La Jetée“ by Chris Marker
Roger Pratt
Peter Joly
Jeffrey Beecroft
Paul Buckmaster
Universal Pictures, Atlas Entertainment, Twelve Monkeys Productions

After directing his fellow Pythons in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Meaning of Life, American-born British film director, screenwriter, animator, actor and comedian Terry Gilliam went on to write and direct films including Jabberwocky, Time Bandits and Brazil which was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Art Direction. The Fisher King, won the Silver Lion in Venice in 1996, whereas 12 Monkeys competed for a Golden Bear at the 46th Berlinale in 1996. Two years later, he was nominated for the Palme d’Or in Cannes for his adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. A directorial all-rounder, Terry has also turned his hand to opera – directing Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust at the English National Opera. His labour of love, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, starring Jonathan Pryce and Adam Driver, received the longest standing ovation in the history of closing films at Cannes 2018.

  • 2018 – The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
  • 2013 – The Zero Theorem
  • 2011 – The Wholly Family (short)
  • 2010 – The Legend of Hallowdega (short)
  • 2009 – The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  • 2005 – Tideland
  • 2005 – The Brothers Grimm
  • 2002 – Secret Tournament (short)
  • 1998 – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • 1995 – 12 Monkeys
  • 1991 – The Fisher King
  • 1988 – The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
  • 1985 – Brazil
  • 1983 – The Crimson Permanent Assurance (short)
  • 1983 – The Meaning of Life
  • 1981 – Time Bandits
  • 1977 – Jabberwocky
  • 1975 – Miracle of Flight (short)
  • 1975 – Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • 1968 – Storytime (short)