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Save Ferris
04-11-03, 09:21 AM
is 12 Monkeys widely considered a 'Cult Film' or 'Cult Classic'???

04-11-03, 09:30 AM
In my world, it's considered a "classic".

04-11-03, 09:31 AM
Well, it wasn't a mega-blockbuster I don't think and I guess I loved it alot - so I'd say there's a cult following... (cult of one).

Save Ferris
04-11-03, 10:11 AM
I've only seen this movie billed as an 'action movie' yet i always felt it was so much more. One of the best time travel movies plotwise, and quirky and intriguing enough to be cult status IMHO also.

04-11-03, 10:32 AM
Well, it is here (http://www.geocities.com/lpittack/movies.html) anyway.

I suppose it probably is.

04-11-03, 10:43 AM
I don't really see it as a "cult" film. It was the #1 film in America for two weeks in a row, and while it didn't put up Toy Story numbers, it was widely seen and is widely considered one of last decade's best films.

04-11-03, 11:57 AM
Being a Gilliam film it automatically has a "cult" of followers, Gilliam Fans. But it isn't a cult film in the sense that it is little seen, but w/ a rabid following. It was a big hit. I think it made over $150 million in its first run. And was a big hit on DVD because it was one of the best early special editions.

04-11-03, 02:11 PM
Too popular to be cult, too refined to be a 'blockbuster.' My favorite category. ;) A just plain great classic movie of its kind.

04-12-03, 04:27 PM
I'd agree, the movie is a little too well known and respected to be considered "cult". On the other hand, it wasn't some mega blockbuster, grossing a profitable sum for a relatively inexpensve movie. 160 mil worldwide for a 29 million dollar movie is quite good. On that note I am quite a fan of that movie. While I know the high regard that Gilliam's other movies hold with some people, this one is my favorite of his and I feel it doesn't have the pacing issues his other movies have. It's lean, mean, and very intelligent. <br>

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