Inspired by Chris Marker’s 1962 short film La Jetée, Terry Gilliam‘s 12 Monkeys sees Bruce Willis sent back in time to stop the release of a virus which all but wipeout humanity. He’s mistaken for a mental patient by Madeleine Stowe‘s psychiatrist. The 195 movie has several Gilliam flourishes on a visual level, but the whole thing is played straight. Brad Pitt was Oscar nominated for the film and he won a Golden Globe. Having said that, Willis and Stowe are great too.
Budgeted at $29 million, 12 Monkeys grossed more than $57 million in the US and over $111 million in foreign grossed for a worldwide total of almost $169 million.