Donnie DarkoDirector: Richard Kelly, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore
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Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a bright and charming high-school student who also has a dark and willfully eccentric side; he does little to mask his contempt for many of his peers and enjoys challenging the authority of the adults around him. Donnie is also visited on occasion by Frank, a monstrous six-foot rabbit that only Donnie can see who often urges him to perform dangerous and destructive pranks. Late one night, Frank leads Donnie out of his home to inform him that the world will come to an end in less than a month; moments later, the engine of a jet aircraft comes crashing through the ceiling of Donnie's room, making him think there might be something to Frank's prophesies after all. The rest of Donnie's world is only marginally less bizarre, as he finds himself dealing with his confused parents (Mary McDonnell and Holmes Osborne), his college-age sister (Maggie Gyllenhaal), his perplexed analyst (Katherine Ross), a rebellious English teacher (Drew Barrymore), a sleazy self-help expert (Patrick Swayze), and the new girl at school who is attracted by Donnie's quirks (Jena Malone). Donnie Darko was the first feature film from writer and director Richard Kelly; Drew Barrymore, who plays teacher Karen Pomeroy, also lent her support to the project as executive producer. A director's cut played in select theaters on a limited basis in the summer of 2004, featuring original music cues and trimmed scenes originally in Kelly's first cut of the film.
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- 20Th Century Fox
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Cast & Crew
|Jake Gyllenhaal||Donnie Darko|
|Jena Malone||Gretchen Ross|
|Drew Barrymore||Karen Pomeroy|
|Maggie Gyllenhaal||Elizabeth Darko|
|Mary McDonnell||Rose Darko|
|Holmes Osborne||Eddie Darko|
|Katharine Ross||Dr. Lillian Thurman|
|Patrick Swayze||Jim Cunningham|
|Noah Wyle||Dr. Monnitoff|
|Arthur Taxier||Dr. Fisher|
|Stuart Stone||Ronald Fisher|
|Michael Andrews||Score Composer|
|Drew Barrymore||Executive Producer|
|April Ferry||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Richard L. Fox||Asst. Director|
|Graham Greene||Source Author|
|Julia Levine||Set Decoration/Design|
|Hunt Lowry||Executive Producer|
|Coleman Metts||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Michael Payne||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Manish Raval||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Tom Wolfe||Musical Direction/Supervision|
1. Main Titles/Where Is Donnie? [4:16]
2. Family Tension [4:52]
3. Wake Up, Come Closer [3:49]
4. Engine Trouble [5:12]
5. Head Over Heels [5:05]
6. No Mail Today [3:49]
7. Controlling Fear [4:30]
8. Going Together [3:29]
9. They Made Me Do It [6:14]
10. Do You Believe in Time Travel? [3:24]
11. Simple Lifeline [5:42]
12. Grandma Death's Book [5:52]
13. Water and Metal [3:26]
14. Discussing Donnie [4:57]
15. The Manipulated Living [5:27]
16. Space and Time [5:13]
17. The Living Receiver [3:24]
18. Have You Ever Seen a Portal? [4:27]
19. Burn It to the Ground [4:11]
20. Inappropriate Methods [4:01]
21. The Rabbits Are Us [5:37]
22. Cellar Door [2:25]
23. Open Sky [4:53]
24. Ensurance Trap [4:17]
25. Time Is Running Out [4:15]
26. Facing Frank [5:39]
27. A Storm Is Coming [4:12]
28. Mad World/End Credits [4:39]
Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital)
Audio: English 2.0 (Dolby Surround)
Audio: Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Richard Kelly and Kevin Smith
Side #2 -- Disc Two
Donnie Darko Production Diary
Play Diary With Audio Commentary by Director of Photography Steven Poster
They Made Me Do It Too - The Cult of Donnie Darko
Storyboard to Screen
#1 Fan: A Darkomentary
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This film started out as a little-known Sundance cult hit, and has grown to the point that if you mention 'Donnie Darko,' most people know what you're talking about. A couple of years after the film was originally released (I actually caught it the first time in the middle of the night on HBO) they released a Director's Cut, which was supposedly closer to the original Sundance cut. It may just be that I'm a big fan of the version I originally saw, but I thought that the Director's Cut didn't give you enough room for interpretation - it explained too much. This is such a mysterious and strange movie, and I think it comes off better when you're not quite sure what is happening, and you have to think about it for awhile. In any case, both versions are on the Blu-ray (and they look fantastic in HD!), so you can watch and decide for yourself which cut is better.
One of my favs of all time. It's mind boggling, twisted, everything you could want in a movie. Highly reccommend this one.
Haven't seen this in years but having seen it again, the acting, tone, story and especially the soundtrack makes this a really good movie. Also the bunny still creepy. One of my favorites.
One of the best movies of all time as far as I'm concerned. Interesting, haunting, musically and visually stunning. This movie sticks with you and actually makes you think. I absolutely love it!
I first caught this movie at an independent theater in my town and fell in love with it! It is a brilliant psychological thriller full of twists and turns that leaves you a little saddened and yet inspired at the end. I watched this version several years later and though it is better in some aspects, I recommend watching the theatrical version several times and discussing it with others before moving on to this version. The theatrical version leaves more to the imagination and allows you to draw your own conclusions regarding the events leading up to the end of the movie. Great soundtrack as well!
A masterfully done work of art and imagination. This macabre film takes a minimal ammount of special effects (rare in this day and age) and combines it with a beautiful story of love, hallucination, illusion, madness, and psychotropic therapy. The cinematography is simply mesmerizing. I found myself sitting forward with my mouth hanging open and my unblinking eyes glued to the screen in a spellbound ecstasy. You would be a fool to miss this film. I look forward to experiancing Richard Kelly's future work. -judas
i had been told 'donnie darko' was a good and somewhat baffling movie. after i had watched it, i knew why everyone liked it. although, i still cant seem to quite understand the entire time travel concept. this movie has everything! go watch it!
I absolutely love this movie! I don't think I ever would've heard of it if it wasn't for the preveiw for it on Joy Ride (another good movie). I am SO glad I did! The plot is just so captivating, it holds your attention and never lets you rest til the climactic and somewhat confusing ending. I definitely need to congratulate Richard Kelly on his first film, truly the most original and spell-bounding film I've seen in a long time! Jake Gyllenhaal is an excelent actor and was a great choice for the part of the emotionally troubled teenager, Donnie Darko. The most twisted addition to the plot I think, was Frank. Frank is a six foot tall demonic imaginary bunny rabbit that leads Donnie out of his house in the middle of the night. Frank leads Donnie farther and farther away from his home with each encounter. The demonic rabbit has his own schedule to keep and needs to ''help'' Donnie on his way towards learning how to build a time machine to try and save the human race. Frank is so creepy looking! I definitely recommend this movie to anyone looking for a freaky and interesting rollercoaster ride. You'll like it, I guarantee you'll like it.
This movie is great. Its so dark and complexing...but yet its so vivid and life-like. I dont understand why this film went straight to DVD/Cassette...Jake Gyllenhaal is mesmerizing as a troubled youth with pyscological problems. When I first heard about this film...with the rabbit that he can only see...I was like, ''whoa! Another Harvey!...but I was mistaken...If you havent seen this movie I recommend that you buy it...no need to rent first...believe me its that good.
I have to admit that Donnie Darko i sone of the best movies i have seen in a long time. And omg, that bunny scared me to death. As you watch the film, you cant help but feel confused, but at the same time u are in awe of the writer/ directors vision. Its definetly one of those movies that u need to see a couple times, cause there is no way u can pick up everything on the first viewing. You will be thinking about it a week later, trust me.
Donnie Darko is without a doubt my favorite film that I have current knowledge of. It was directed by Richard Kelly in 2001, and has to be his best piece of work yet!! The main character is Donnie Darko himself, a troubled teen attending Middlesex High School. He is tormented by delusionary hullucinations of a horrifying demonic rabbit that brings and shares visions of the past and deadly predictions for the future. The film features an all-star cast of actors and each one puts forth their best effort and succeed wonderfully!! This movie can appear extremely out of whack to the casual observer, and despite some of the negative humor seen or heard sometimes between the characters, it is not a film to be taken lightly. It is a dark and mind-blowing masterpiece and has a cult fan following. The plot is a very unique and complex one, ranging from Donnie's daily life to the world ending and time travel. The vast array of different content in this movie will keep you mesmerized and on the edge of your seat. Some of the smallest details play some of the biggest roles in the movie. Many events foreshadow things to come and can really catch you off gaurd. The ending is a true turn-around surprise. I strongly urge any reader of this review to go and get this movie and see it as soon as possible!! It is highly recommended by myself to view this movie multiple times to make any great deal of sense with this movie. You must pay close attention to every detail to fully appreciate Kelly's work. Every delusional scene is beautifully done and really are eerie and breathholding. However, despite all these great aspects, it is rated R, so young ones are better off sustaining from viewing this film.
Wow, it's really hard to say what this movie was quite about. The thing is, I really didn't care! The storyline was so deep that it left my brain boggled. An awesome movie for anyone who likes figuring out the secret meaning behind certain movies.
This movie is one that makes you think about it days after you've seen it. I highly suggest it, it is well filmed and the acting ain't bad either. Plus, Jake Gyllenhaal is hot!
it goes with the whole concept of if you can't convince 'em, confuse 'em. which is great. loved the movie, it's creepy, twisted, but also funny at the same time.
this movie makes u think so u are always into it
Unbeleivably genius film. Actor Jake Gyllenhaal deleivers wonderfully. Should have been nomanated for an oscar. Should have won! Brillant and obsessivly wonderful film. Great Acting by Jake.
Richard Kelly creates a dark, moody, and strangly touching film, that sores past the shallowness of most big hollywood films today. He paints a very cynical picture of late 80's life with a disturbed teen coping with toughts just outside his comprehension. Jake Gyllenhaal plays the perfect teen who is painfully awar of his sadness, hoplessnes, and untimley fate. This film is the perfect metaphore about the 80's post disco trash casualties, and how knowing ones fate may be the very thing that sets you free.
Wow. I turned of the television after my frist viewing of Donnie Darko wondering how boring reality was going to seem until the next time I could watch it. A twisted, sinister, and ulitmately heartfelt and thought-provoking journey down the alleys of suburban life, hypocrisy, demtia, time travel....well, I could go on but it would give too much away. This is one film you can't tell folks about except to say ''By all means, WATCH THIS FILM''