Donnie DarkoDirector: Richard Kelly
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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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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. Carpathian Ridge [4:15]
2. Family Dinner [4:05]
3. The Tangent Universe [6:59]
4. Head Over Heals [6:14]
5. Roberta Sparrow [2:19]
6. Cunning Visions [2:11]
7. They Made Me Do It [8:06]
8. Smurfs [2:28]
9. Emergency PTA Meeting [3:16]
10. Lifetime Exercises [4:50]
11. The Philosophy of Time Travel [5:11]
12. Liquid Spear Waltz [3:11]
13. Fourth Dimensional Construct [3:27]
14. Attitudinal Baliefs [4:46]
15. Physical Analysis [4:44]
16. Halloween Frightmare [3:45]
17. Autumn Angel Vs. Sparkle Motion [5:08]
18. A Vast Conspiracy [1:50]
19. Star Search '88 [3:57]
20. Cellar Door [1:43]
21. Confession [3:09]
22. Halloween Carnival [3:57]
23. Under the Milky Way [2:10]
24. Waltz in the Fourth Dimension [:55]
25. Ensurance Trap [4:01]
26. Timestorm [5:41]
27. Mad World [4:27]
28. End Credits [6:11]
Donnei 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
Disc #2 -- Donnie Darko
Audio: English 5.1 Surround
Audio: English Dolby Surround
Audio: French Dolby Surround
Audio: Commentary With Writer/Director Richard Kelly & Jake Gyllenhaal
Audio: Commentary With Cast & Crew
Subtitles: English for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
Theatrical Trailer / TV Spots
TV Spot - Sacrifice
TV Spot - Darker
TV Spot - Era
TV Spot - Cast
TV Spot - Dark
Cast & Crew Information
Steven Poster ASC
Deleted and Extended Scenes
Married With Children / Donnie Watches His Favorite Show Featuring Christina Applegare: Commentary: ON
Married With Children / Donnie Watches His Favorite Show Featuring Christina Applegare: Commentary: Off
A Telephone Conversation / Rose Interrupts a Mysterious Phone Conversation: Commentary: On
A Telephone Conversation / Rose Interrupts a Mysterious Phone Conversation: Commentary: Off
Conversation With Frank / The Extended Conversation Between Donnie and Frank Explores With Greater Detail Frank's Purpose and Agenda: Commentary: On
Conversation With Frank / The Extended Conversation Between Donnie and Frank Explores With Greater Detail Frank's Purpose and Agenda: Commentary: Off
Holiday Innn / This Extended Version of the Holiday Inn Sequence Explores the Family Reaction to the Jet Engine Crash to More Comedic Effect: Commentary: On
Holiday Innn / This Extended Version of the Holiday Inn Sequence Explores the Family Reaction to the Jet Engine Crash to More Comedic Effect: Commentary: Off
The Bus Stop / This Extended Version of the Bus Stop Scene Further Reveals the Cruel Treatment of Cherita Chen: Commentary: On
The Bus Stop / This Extended Version of the Bus Stop Scene Further Reveals the Cruel Treatment of Cherita Chen: Commentary: Off
School's Cancelled / This Extended Montage Further Reveals the Student Reactions to the Cancellation of School: Commentary: On
School's Cancelled / This Extended Montage Further Reveals the Student Reactions to the Cancellation of School: Commentary: Off
Wizard's Arcade / Donnie and Gretchen Talk About Dreams at the Video Arcade: Commentary: On
Wizard's Arcade / Donnie and Gretchen Talk About Dreams at the Video Arcade: Commentary: Off
Poetry Day / Donnie Reads a Prophetic Poem to His English Class: Commentary: On
Poetry Day / Donnie Reads a Prophetic Poem to His English Class: Commentary: Off
A Night on the Town / Rose and Eddie Discuss Their Son's Behavior Over Dinner: Commentary: On
A Night on the Town / Rose and Eddie Discuss Their Son's Behavior Over Dinner: Commentary: Off
Losing Faith / This Extended Scene Further Explores Donnie's Feeling of Isolation From His Family: Commentary: On
Losing Faith / This Extended Scene Further Explores Donnie's Feeling of Isolation From His Family: Commentary: Off
Book Exchange / Ms. Pomeroy Reluctantly Informs the Students That the Graham Greene Collection of Stories Has Been Banned: Commentary: On
Book Exchange / Ms. Pomeroy Reluctantly Informs the Students That the Graham Greene Collection of Stories Has Been Banned: Commentary: Off
Pumpkin Carving / Elizabeth Delves Into Her Brother's Private Life As They Carve Halloween Pumpkins: Commentary: On
Pumpkin Carving / Elizabeth Delves Into Her Brother's Private Life As They Carve Halloween Pumpkins: Commentary: Off
Sexual Fantasies / This Extended Therapy Scene Features a Frank Discussion Between Donnie and Dr. Thurman: Commentary: On
Sexual Fantasies / This Extended Therapy Scene Features a Frank Discussion Between Donnie and Dr. Thurman: Commentary: Off
Return to Carpathian Ridge / Donnie Brings Gretchen up to Carpathian Ridge After Burning Down Jim Cunningham's House: Commentary: On
Return to Carpathian Ridge / Donnie Brings Gretchen up to Carpathian Ridge After Burning Down Jim Cunningham's House: Commentary: Off
Fatherly Advice / Donnie Repairs His Relationship With His Father: Commentary: On
Fatherly Advice / Donnie Repairs His Relationship With His Father: Commentary: Off
Watership Down / Ms. Pomeroy Shows Her Class a Film, Which Inspires an Intense Debate: Commentary: On
Watership Down / Ms. Pomeroy Shows Her Class a Film, Which Inspires an Intense Debate: Commentary: Off
Airport Van / Donnie and Elizabeth Send Their Mother and Sister Away to the Airport, Followed by Another Confrotation Between Donnie and Gretchen: Commentary: On
Airport Van / Donnie and Elizabeth Send Their Mother and Sister Away to the Airport, Followed by Another Confrotation Between Donnie and Gretchen: Commentary: Off
Cellar Door / This Extended Version of the Final Discussion Between Donnie and Ms. Pomeroy Further Defines Their Relationship: Commentary: On
Cellar Door / This Extended Version of the Final Discussion Between Donnie and Ms. Pomeroy Further Defines Their Relationship: Commentary: Off
Placebos / After Her Final Attempt at Hypnotherapy, Dr. Thurman Makes a Startling Revelation to Donnie: Commentary: On
Placebos / After Her Final Attempt at Hypnotherapy, Dr. Thurman Makes a Startling Revelation to Donnie: Commentary: Off
Impalement / The Gory Details of Donnie's Death Are Revealed: Commentary: On
Impalement / The Gory Details of Donnie's Death Are Revealed: Commentary: Off
Mad World Music Video
Donnie Darko Website Gallery
Infomercials With Commentary by Cunning Visions Ceo Linda Connie & Director Fabian Van Patten
His Name Is Frank
The Philosophy of Time Travel
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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!
This is one of the best movies i have ever seen in my life. I was fortunate enough to live next to an Artsy movie theater that plays indipendant movies.I saw this movie 3 times and love it. It is such an amazing movie that i recemond everyone one to buy it!!!! If you have seen the movie Harvey then you will laugh at some of the things that happen.GO BUY THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!!
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.
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 has to be one of the most twisted and gripping movies I've ever seen. I was enveloped by the plot, and completely suprised by the ending. I loved this movie so much that I ran out and bought the DVD right after I seen it.
I rented Donnie Darko after reading several accounts from the Sundance Film Festival and seeing the trailer on Joy Ride. This is an amazing and fascinating account of the intricacies of mental illness extremely well acted by Jake Gyllenhaal. I intend to buy the DVD even though I don't have a DVD player as yet because I expect there to be even more information on the DVD. I thought Jake Gyllenhaal was great in October Sky but he is very impressive in this role, I look forward to his future movie work as well as future work by Richard Kelly.
I've watched a lot of movies but have never seen anything like Donnie Darko. The plot is so original and surreal yet real. Jake Gyllenhaal portrayed the schizophrenic Donnie better than anyone ever could. I've watched it three times already and plan on buying it. It's one of those rare movies that you just can't get out of your head.
Thought-provoking, unusual, bittersweet and darkly humorous, this film exceeded my expectations on every level. Although a list of the themes touched on in the plot -- time travel, paranoid schizophrenia, high school romance, predetermination vs. freewill, hypocrisy, the end of time -- might suggest an incomprehensible mess, somehow everything comes together brilliantly, and nothing seems superfluous in retrospect. Although certainly not for everyone, this film is as well-crafted and intelligent as ones enjoying far more popularity and is worth seeing for anyone looking for something different.
Katharine Ross is the best actress ever and she was the highlight of this movie.
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.
This is the kind of work that needs to made as often as possible. Don't let the blockbuster mentality destroy the struggle to tell great stories through innovative use of the cinematic language. Long live experimentation and risk-taking! The possibilities of cinema are infinite. As is every dream.
A friend of mine recommended this movie and, needless to say, I knew nothing about it. And to my utter disbelief, I was completely caught off guard by this film. I watched it last week and still can't get it quite out of my head.
This movie was the best, nothing compares and its Jake's hottest movie ever.
This film is a slap in the face to reality. It twists the rules of logic as well as movie making. Written in permanent ink it leaves an indelible mark on the viewer.
Donnie Darko kept me on the edge of my seat and actually brought a few tears. Jake Gyllenhaal lites the screen with another remarkable performance. Frank, his ''imaginary'' friend, was a more normal version of my father, so I related very well. I would recomend this movie to any one who wants a movie that they can have fun with.