Baltimore, 1990; a mysterious man (Bruce Willis) ends up in a mental institution where he tells the doctors that he comes from the future, looking for a virus that’s going to wipe out billions of people. Terry Gilliam put his stamp on this feature film version of a French 1962 short called La Jetée, jumping between different time periods. As we follow the confused time traveler and the doctor (Madeleine Stowe) he convinces, a story about memories and how they change emerges. Often chaotic and messy, the film is nevertheless entertaining and attractively designed. Willis’s character is the least interesting part, but Brad Pitt is fun as a wild-eyed mental patient.
1995-U.S. 131 min. Color. Directed by Terry Gilliam. Costume Design: Julie Weiss. Cast: Bruce Willis (James Cole), Madeleine Stowe (Kathryn Railly), Brad Pitt (Jeffrey Goines), Christopher Plummer, Frank Gorshin, David Morse.
Trivia: Jeff Bridges was allegedly considered for the lead. Later a TV series, 12 Monkeys (2015-2018).
Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actor (Pitt).