Twelve Monkeys Movie Quotes

Famous Twelve Monkeys movie quotes and dialogs:

The movie was directed by Terry Gilliam. Screenplay was written by Janet and David Webb Peoples. The French short film La Jetee was the inspiration for this movie.

James Cole: Jose — psst! Jose, what's going on?
Jose: Bad news, man.
James Cole: Volunteers?
Jose: Yeah. And they said your name.
Jose: Hey, maybe they'll give you a pardon, man.
James Cole: Yeah, that's why none of the volunteers come back. They all get a pardon.

James Cole: I need to go! I need to... I'm supposed to be gathering information!
Dr. Kathryn Railly: What kind of information?
James Cole: Won't help you. Won't help anyone, won't change anything.
Dr. Kathryn Railly: James, do you know why you're here?
James Cole: 'cause I'm a good observer, I got a tough mind.

Jeffrey Goines: Telephone call? Telephone call? That's communication with the outside world. Doctor's discretion. Nuh-uh. Look, hey — all of these nuts could just make phone calls, they could spread insanity, oozing through telephone cables, oozing into the ears of all these poor sane people, infecting them. Wackos everywhere, plague of madness.

Jeffrey Goines: There's the television. It's all right there — all right there. Look, listen, kneel, pray. Commercials! We're not productive anymore. We don't make things anymore. It's all automated. What are we for then? We're consumers, Jim. Yeah. Okay, okay. Buy a lot of stuff, you're a good citizen. But if you don't buy a lot of stuff, if you don't, what are you then, I ask you? What? Mentally ill. Fact, Jim, fact — if you don't buy things — toilet paper, new cars, computerized yo-yos, electrically-operated sexual devices, servo systems with brain-implanted headphones, screwdrivers with miniature built-in radar devices, voice-activated computers...

Jeffrey Goines: There was this guy, and he was always requesting shows that had already played. Yes. No. You have to tell her before. He couldn't quite grasp the idea that the charge nurse couldn't make it be yesterday. She couldn't turn back time, thank you, Einstein! Now, he was nuts! He was a fruitcake, Jim!

L.J. Washington: I don't really come from outer space.
Jeffrey Goines: Oh. L. J. Washington. He doesn't really come from outer space.
L.J. Washington: Don't mock me my friend. It's a condition of mental divergence. I find myself on the planet Ogo, part of an intellectual elite, preparing to subjugate the barbarian hordes on Pluto. But even though this is a totally convincing reality for me in every way, nevertheless Ogo is actually a construct of my psyche. I am mentally divergent, in that I am escaping certain unnamed realities that plague my life here. When I stop going there, I will be well. Are you also divergent, friend?

James Cole: This is a place for crazy people. I'm not crazy.
Dr. Peters: We don't use the term "crazy," Mr. Cole.
James Cole: Well you've got some real nuts here.

James Cole: Five billion people died in 1996 and 1997. Almost the entire population of the world. Only 1% of us survived.
Dr. Peters: Are you going to save us, Mr. Cole?
James Cole: How can I save you? This already happened. I can't save you, nobody can. I am simply trying to gather information, to help the people in the present trace the path of the virus.
Resident #2: We're not in the present now, Mr. Cole?
James Cole: No, 1990 is the past. This already happened. That's what I'm trying to...
Dr. Peters: Mr. Cole, Mr. Cole. You believe 1996 is the present, is that it?
James Cole: No, 1996 is the past too. Listen to me.

Jeffrey Goines: You know what crazy is? Crazy is majority rules. Take germs for example.
James Cole: Germs?
Jeffrey Goines: Uh-huh. Eighteenth century, no such thing, nada, nothing. No one ever imagined such a thing. No sane person. Along comes this doctor, uh, Semmelweis, Semmelweis. Semmelweis comes along. He's trying to convince people, other doctors mainly, that's there's these teeny tiny invisible bad things called germs that get into your body and make you sick. He's trying to get doctors to wash their hands. What is this guy? Crazy? Teeny, tiny, invisible? What do they call it? Uh-uh, germs? Huh? What? Now, up to the 20th century, last week, as a matter of fact, before I got dragged into this hellhole. I go in to order a burger at this fast food joint, and the guy drops it on the floor. James, he picks it up, he wipes it off, he hands it to me like it's all OK. "What about the germs?" I say. He says, "I don't believe in germs. Germs is a plot made up so they could sell disinfectants and soaps." Now he's crazy, right?

Jeffrey Goines: There's no right. There's no wrong. There's only popular opinion.

Jeffrey Goines: Sorry. Sorry. I got a little agitated. The thought of escape crossed my mind, and then suddenly — suddenly — suddenly I felt like bending the fucking bars back, ripping the goddamn window frames and eating them — yes, eating them! Leaping, leaping, leaping! Colonics for everyone! All right! You dumbasses. I'm a mental patient. I'm supposed to act out!

Jeffrey Goines: My father is God! I worship my father!

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.

Doctor: Then, are you trying to tell me a fully sedated, fully restrained patient somehow slipped out that vent, replaced the grill behind him and is wriggling his way through the ventilation system ?

Louie: Science ain't an exact science with these clowns, but they're getting better.

James Cole: I did what you wanted. I got a specimen, a spider. I didn't have anyplace to put it, so I ate it.

Dr. Peters: I think, Dr. Railly, you have given your "alarmists" a bad name. Surely there is very real and very convincing data that the planet cannot survive the excesses of the human race: proliferation of atomic devices, uncontrolled breeding habits, the rape of the environment, the pollution of land, sea, and air. In this context, isn't it obvious that "Chicken Little" represents the sane vision and that Homo Sapiens' motto, "Let's go shopping!" is the cry of the true lunatic?

Dr. Kathryn Railly: Where are we going?
James Cole: Philadelphia.
Dr. Kathryn Railly: Philadelphia? That's more than a hundred miles away!
James Cole: I know, that's why I can't walk there.

James Cole: The Army of the Twelve Monkeys....That's why I'm here. I have to find them, that's my mission. Just have to locate them, because they have the virus in its pure form, before it mutates. When I locate them, they'll send a scientist back here; that scientist will study the virus, and then when he goes back to the present, he and the rest of the scientists will make a cure.

James Cole: All I see are dead people.

James Cole: You're all gonna die.
Dr. Kathryn Railly: Nobody is going to die! You're not going to save the world, okay? You're delusional. You've made this all up out of bits and pieces in your head.
James Cole: No.
Dr. Kathryn Railly: Uh, Yes! Let me give you an example. You know Jeffrey Goines. You were both patients at County Hospital, at the same time.
James Cole: Jeffrey Goines was a fruitcake.

James Cole: Oh, wouldn't it be great if I was crazy? Then the world would be okay.

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