Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko

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Director: Richard Kelly

Cast: 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… See more details below

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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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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
The superbly twisted psychological thriller Donnie Darko deftly incorporates elements of suburban satire into a compassionately drawn dysfunctional-family portrait, all in the service of a compelling mystery. It begins with a large rabbit who announces the end of the world to the titular tormented protagonist (Jake Gyllenhaal), a teen struggling with suburban ennui, adolescent angst, and major-league hallucinations as he counts down the 28 days to apocalypse. Donnie's world (Southern California, circa 1988) is a strange one to be sure, unfolding like a psychotic, paranoid delusion in which the demonic rabbit's warnings are somehow connected to a jet engine that falls inexplicably from the sky and demolishes Donnie's bedroom. Gyllenhaal makes Donnie a riveting character, shifting convincingly between tortured confusion and sinister dementia. The supporting cast is equally strong, featuring a superb Mary McDonnell as Donnie's mother, Katharine Ross as his shrink, and Patrick Swayze as a creepy self-help guru. Drew Barrymore also makes an appearance as Donnie’s English teacher. As for the mystery, those who like theirs with a twist won’t be disappointed: Writer-director Richard Kelly, in his feature debut, delivers a denouement that packs the punch of divine revelation. One of the finest-ever first efforts in American independent cinema, Donnie Darko is a disturbing, exhilarating, and profoundly touching film about sacrifice, redemption, and destiny.
All Movie Guide
One of the eeriest and most ambitious American independent films of the early 2000s, Richard Kelly's debut feature is an eclectic amalgam of science fiction, horror story, '80s nostalgia-fest, and teen movie. A child of the '80s, Kelly wears his formative influences on his sleeve: the movie invokes Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis among others, and the soundtrack boasts Echo & the Bunnymen, Joy Division, and Tears for Fears. Unlike films that have trafficked in '80s nostalgia, Kelly's portrait is admirably restrained, mining the period for specific political and personal connotations (as opposed to cheap laughs and pandering irony). Despite being a period piece, the movie succeeds in conveying a sense of imminent doom. Anchored by Jake Gyllenhaal's nuanced performance as the eponymous hero and Steven Poster's tenebrous lighting, the movie is genuinely unsettling. Its denouement, set on a portentous Halloween night, evokes an unraveling world of lost kids and absent parents -- perhaps the closest thing to a definitive statement the movie makes about growing up during the Reagan years. With its intimations of apocalypse and visions of planes falling from the sky, the movie inadvertently gained added resonance in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. An unabashed popcorn movie at heart, Donnie Darko gets terrific mileage from Kelly's imaginative scenario and evocative direction. For all its splashy special effects and inspired casting, it's the movie's ominous and ultimately elegiac tone that stays with you.
Entertainment Weekly
Excitingly original indie vision. Lisa Schwarzbaum
Village Voice - J. Hoberman
A wondrous, moodily self-involved piece of work that employs X-Files magic realism to galvanize what might have been a routine tale of suburban teen angst.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/2011
UPC:
0024543758495
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A1
Time:
2:14:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Disc 1 - Blu-ray: ; Audio commentary with writer/director Richard Kelly and director Kevin Smith (director's cu); Audio commentary with cast and crew (original theatrical version); Commentary with writer/director Richard Kelly and actor Jake Gyllenhaal (original theatrical version); Disc 2 - DVD: ; Production diary with optional commentary by director of photograhy Steven Poster; They Made Me Do It Too - The Cult of Donnie Darko featurette ; #1 Fan: A Darkomentary ; Storyboard-to-screen featurette ; Direcor's cut theatrical trailer ; Disc 3 - DVD:; Director and actors commentary ; Deleted/extended scenes with optional director commentary ; "Cunning Visions" infomercials ; The Philosophy of Time Travel Book ; Website gallery ; "Mad World" music video ; Art gallery & production stills; Cast & crew info ; Theatrical trailer & tv spots

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jake Gyllenhaal Donnie Darko
Jena Malone Gretchen Ross
Drew Barrymore Karen Pomeroy
James Duval Frank
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

Technical Credits
Richard Kelly Director
Michael Andrews Score Composer
Drew Barrymore Executive Producer
April Ferry Costumes/Costume Designer
Adam Fields Producer
Richard L. Fox Asst. Director
Graham Greene Source Author
Nancy Juvonen Producer
Julia Levine Set Decoration/Design
Hunt Lowry Executive Producer
Coleman Metts Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph Middleton Casting
Michelle Morris Casting
Michael Payne Sound/Sound Designer
Steven Poster Cinematographer
Manish Raval Musical Direction/Supervision
Eric Strand Editor
Tom Wolfe Musical Direction/Supervision

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Scene Index

Disc #2 -- Donnie Darko
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]

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