When mental patient Bruce Willis is sent back in time to find information on a deadly virus that will destroy 5 billion human beings in 1996-1997, he mistakenly arrives in 1990. After explaining his plea to Madeleine Stowe, he is placed in a mental institution. In 1996, he kidnaps Stowe, using her to find the 12 Monkeys, a group of revolutionists that are planning to release the virus into select cities. But, he is wanted by the authorities for murder and kidnapping, plus he refuses to return to the future, because he is in love with Stowe.
Continuity mistake: 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.
James Cole: Look at them. They're just asking for it. Maybe the human race deserves to be wiped out.
Jeffrey Goines: Wiping out the human race? That's a great idea. That's great. But more of a long-term thing. I mean, first we have to focus on more immediate goals.
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