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1995 science-fiction movie directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Bruce Willis, the story was inspired by the 1962 movie La jetée

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Is the woman on the airplane really from the future? [duplicate]

At the end of 12 Monkeys (1995) we saw the female scientist on the plane with the doctor. She had small talks with him and said she works for "insurance" of sorts. I interpreted this as the ...
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What is the "trap" or "gimmick" Brad Pitt is talking about in 12 Monkeys?

In a December 2019 interview in the New York Times, Brad Pitt says this about "12 Monkeys": I nailed the first half of “12 Monkeys.” I got the second half all wrong. That performance ...
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Is Cole sent to the past to cause the global pandemic in 12 Monkeys?

Is Cole in 12 Monkeys actually sent to the past to cause the global pandemic? After a few plot twists, 12 Monkeys ends with Peters starting a world tour to spread the deadly virus, which he could only ...
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Why does Kathryn feel that she's already met Cole in 1990?

In the movie 12 Monkeys, in 1990, when Kathryn is meeting Cole for the first time in her life, she says: James, where did you grow up? I have the strangest feeling I've met you before. What is ...
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What about the virus in 12 Monkeys?

Near the end of 12 Monkeys, the terrorist mad man OPENED one of the vials of virus at the screening, so wouldn't that have initiated the collapse of society anyway, by starting the death of all who ...
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Why don't the scientists of future get Cole's last message?

In 12 Monkeys (1995), Cole makes phone call to say this: Maybe you just clean carpets. If you do, you're lucky. You're gonna live a long, happy life. But if you other guys are out there, if you'...
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Did Cole complete his mission or not?

In 12 Monkeys (1995), at the end of the movie, Cole is killed by a man in the airport. So did sending Cole into the past for a cure work or not?
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Does time travel in the 12 Monkeys TV show work differently than in the movie?

I've been watching the 12 Monkeys TV show, which is based off of the 1996 movie of the same name. Time travel is a major part of that movie, and I have found a thorough fan explanation for how it ...
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What was the story of 12 monkeys really about?

I saw 12 Monkeys the other day as I found out it had good reviews, some people said it was Bruce Willis's best performance. While I get that Bruce saw the same dream every time in which someone ...
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How does Cole get from the First World War to 1996?

In Twelve Monkeys, Cole is repeatedly sent back in time, and after some period disappears and returns to the future. Most times we see him back in the "interrogation room" strapped into that chair. ...
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What is the message behind Twelve Monkeys Cover?

In Twelve Monkeys (1995) cover You can clearly see the Twelve Monkeys symbol on Bruce Willis' right eye, and it looks like Bruce Willis is an android of some kind (like Terminator), but those who ...
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What is the significance of James Cole's tattoos?

In 12 Monkeys, James Cole has some tattoos, one on the back of his neck looks like a bar-code and another on the side of his neck near to the ear looks like some digits. Is there any significance to ...
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Why don't they try to change the past?

I always saw Twelve Monkeys as being centered around the fact that the past cannot be changed. But why is that? Is it a physical law that makes it impossible to change or is it just the scientists ...
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Time and Space Travel?

In the movie 12 Monkeys, when James Cole was sent back in time for the second time, they sent him by mistake to the WW1 era. But I think the place where they sent him was not in USA, but in Europe and ...
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What does the smile in Railley lips signify?

In the final scene of 12 monkeys, we see James Cole is shot dead and as he said earlier his child copy is present there. Railley sees him and smile comes to her lips. What does it signify? Does it ...
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Who was the guy always talking to Cole and why did he use to call him "Bob"?

Throughout the movie, we see a man who has been talking to James Cole with a mysterious voice; Cole asked him about his identity, but he denied to express it. Once Cole doubted a beggar in 1996 to be ...
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Why did Jose give Cole the gun?

At the airport Cole meets Jose who gives him a gun and instructs him to kill Dr. Peters. Now the question is - why? They make it clear in the film that the past cannot be altered and that is why he ...
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Is Jeffrey involved in the virus plot or just the animal-release plot?

I love 12 Monkeys and have seen it a dozen times. Still I can't figure out if Jeffrey Goines is working in conjunction with redheaded scientist to destroy mankind, or if Jeffrey's only plan was to let ...
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References to "La jetée" in "12 Monkeys"

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 ...
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What does the woman from the future mean when she says she's "in insurance"?

At the end of 12 Monkeys, the doctor spreading the virus gets on a plane and sits next to a woman we know (or can assume) is from the future. She tells the doctor that she's "in insurance." What does ...
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Why did Terry Gilliam include Jeffrey as a character in Twelve Monkeys?

The movie La jetée has already the story of 12 Monkeys, including also key-settings like the airport and the mall. But there is one big difference in 12 Monkeys to the older movie: Terry Gilliams ...
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