Back Seat Producers Season 08 Shows

BSP Episode 256: 12 Monkeys

Release date:  12/29/1995

Universal Pictures

Directed by

  • Terry Gilliam

Produced by

  • Charles Roven

Screenplay by

  • David Peoples
  • Janet Peoples

Based on Le jetee by Chris Marker


Bruce Willis

  • James Cole

Madeleine Stowe

  • Kathryn Railly

Brad Pitt

  • Jeffrey Goines

The hosts review:

  • Pimpin’ Back Seat Book Club!
  • Hugh Jackman is the Wolverine of singing.
  • Les Miserables singing reviews.
  • Loving and hating ABBA.
  • P….a….c….i….n…g
  • Great example of time-travel sci-fi.
  • You can’t change time.
  • Bob… another time traveler or Cole’s psychosis?
  • “I wouldn’t mind seeing a Brad Pitt Joker
  • Brad Pitt’s rants made Fight Club unnecessary.
  • Breakdown of Terry Gilliam’s successes.
  • The music is insane and off, it works really well.
  • “All I see are dead people.”
  • Glad that it didn’t have a Hollywood ending.
  • Time is fixed.  Time loops are fixed.  Time travelers are fixed.
  • This sci-fi was a mind game, as opposed to special effects.
  • Setting the movie in the year that it came out was a great move, but a few things didn’t age well.
  • Any time you have a character in science fiction named Cassandra, PAY ATTENTION.
  • Cole, as the time traveler, didn’t do actually change time himself.
  • It wouldn’t have worked if it was faster paced, and it wouldn’t be a Terry Gilliam movie.
  • On to Batman.
  • Tony reads another of Goines’ rants.

Trivial bits ‘n pieces:

  • Terri Gilliam gave Bruce Willis a list of “Willis acting clichés” NOT to use, including Steely Blue Eyes Look.
  • Most of the actors took a pay cut because they wanted to work with Gilliam.
  • In a scene where Cole is drawing his own blood, there is a shadow of a hamster in a wheel.  This took a whole day to film because the hamster wouldn’t move, and Gilliam is a perfectionist and insisted that this detail should work as intended.  For the rest of the production, Gilliam’s perfectionism was nick-named “The Hamster Factor.”

Your Producers for this episode were:

  • Tony
  • Darrell
  • Tony/Deuce

This episode was recorded: 1/17/2013

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