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date: 07 August 2020

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This chapterexamines the musical score for Terry Gilliam’s film 12 Monkeys. It explains that Gilliam’s intention was to let the audience maintain total uncertainty about whether the future was real or only in the mind of the character of James Cole. It discusses how this uncertainty and the role of music are sustained to the end of the film. This chapteralso explains the concept of musical recognition and suggests that the power of the music has significant influence on the audience’s interpretation of the ending and of the film as a whole.

Keywords: musical score, 12 Monkeys, Terry Gilliam, uncertainty, James Cole, musical recognition

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