In some scenes of 12 Monkeys Cole (Bruce Willis) wears a t-shirt with the word "Chris" very visible. This is an homage to Chris Marker, the french film director of "La jetée" in which the movie is based.

Cole sitting on a bed with a letter

Are there any other subtle references to "La jetée" in the movie?


You should probably be knowing that the movie itself is inspired from La jetée.

If you have seen La jetée, you'd obviously notice that the movie is just a series of still frames with a narrator in the background. There is a scene in Twelve monkeys where Railly narrates a slide show about a insane soldier in World War I. And when Railly and Bruce Willis take refuge in a movie theater that happens to be showing Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (an important influence on Chris Marker and La Jetee)

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    Also, the fact that the film climaxes in the airport is not only a reference but a direct adaption of La jetée.
    – Nils Munch
    Jan 14 '12 at 11:10
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    the strange eyewear of the scientists in 12 Monkeys echoes the weird sunglasses worn by their counterparts in La Jetee, including the guy in the cover shot
    – Shiz Z.
    Feb 20 '12 at 5:52

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