Twelve Monkeys

Twelve Monkeys (1995)

Ending / spoiler

Jeffrey (Brad Pitt), and his co-conspirators, The Army Of The Twelve Monkeys were not responsible for releasing the virus. They were only responsible for releasing animals from the zoo. James Cole (Bruce Willis) and Kathryn Railly (Madeleine Stowe) try to head to the ocean (Florida Keys, a recurring destination throughout the film) as Cole has never seen it. Then at the airport, he calls the voicemail number to update the scientists in the future on this revelation about The Army Of The Twelve Monkeys and to tell them he is not coming back. Minutes later the scarred Jose (Jon Seda) appears and gives him a gun to shoot the one responsible for the virus. Dr. Peters (David Morse) was the real perpetrator for the virus, he got the idea when Kathryn and Dr. Goines (Christopher Plummer) were talking on the phone. Kathryn realises this as she spots a picture of Dr. Goines with Dr. Peters on the cover of a newspaper and sees him headed to board a flight. And this is the climax where James' memory/dream collides with reality. The man in the Hawaiian shirt is Cole, the young boy is the younger Cole, the blonde woman is Kathryn, and the long haired brief case man is Dr. Peters. As James tries to shoot Dr. Peters, he instead is shot by the police. As Kathryn scurries towards the gunned down James the younger James witnesses this. Dr. Peters makes it to the airplane, but the female scientist from the future is sat next to him and when asked what she does she replies "I'm in insurance." We are led to believe she will retrieve a pure specimen of the virus and bring it back to the future. The film ends as it began with a close up on young Cole's eyes, this time as he watches the plane flying away from the airport car park.

Rocky Lotito

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In the final scene in which a man is shot in the airport (part of this scene actually recurs throughout the movie), the psychiatrist woman leans over him to hold him as he dies. From one angle, he reaches up to her face and his hand is clean. In the next angle, his hand is covered in blood as he touches her face.

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The director chose Bruce Willis for the part for his ability to bring certain emotional themes into the diehard movie. He wanted that, but he also made a list of "Bruce Willis Cliches" he didn't want in the movie, including the "Iron Blue stare"

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