Donnie Darko

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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 ...
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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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Special Features

Closed Caption; 16x9 widescreen presentation (aspect ratio 2.35:1); Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital), English 2.0 (Dolby Surround); Audio commentary with writer/director Richard Kelly and director Kevin Smith; Scene selection; Subtitles: English, Spanish; English closed captions; Donnie Darko production diary (with optional commentary by director of photography Steven Poster); "They Made Me Do It Too" - The Cult of Donnie Darko; Storyboard-to-screen featurette; #1 Fan: A Darkomentary; Director's Cut theatrical trailer
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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.
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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.

Excitingly original indie vision. Lisa Schwarzbaum
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2005
  • UPC: 024543165033
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:12:00
  • Format: DVD

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

Side #1 -- Disc One
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]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Disc One
   Play Movie
   Set Up
      Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital)
      Audio: English 2.0 (Dolby Surround)
      Audio: Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Richard Kelly and Kevin Smith
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
Side #2 -- Disc Two
   Donnie Darko Production Diary
      Play 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
   Theatrical Trailer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Does anyone else prefer the theatrical version?

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I could watch this over and over again..

    One of my favs of all time. It's mind boggling, twisted, everything you could want in a movie. Highly reccommend this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2012

    amazingly depressing

    amazingly depressing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2010

    Simply Amazing

    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!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Better than Theatrical Version?

    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!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Movie Ever!

    This is seriouly is like my favorite movie of all time. It seems like a dark depressing scary movie, but it's so much more. I love all the funny jokes in the begining. The Dad is the best. Besides all the good funny parts the movie does have a interesting plotline, and really makes you think. It seems like the kind of movie that would give you night mares, but if you really get it I don't think you will. Watch it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic Movie

    Simply a great and moving movie with a lot of twists and turns. Dark Movie that will grab you and shake your foundation in some ways. Truely one of my favorites and will be yours as well.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Mesmerizing!!!

    I am not a big fan of psychological thrillers, however for this movie I have made an exception. Donnie Darko¿s plot is unique, dark, and bit crazy, but it is one of the most entertaining films I have ever seen. Viewers will not be able to stop watching the great storyline that includes giant demonic rabbits, plane engines falling out of the sky, the end of the world, time travel, and a really crazy town. I really don¿t even know how to describe this film or even its meaning, but really the meaning and the events in this film are up to the viewer to interpret and there are many different opinions on that matter. Donnie Darko is set in 1988 and it follows a brooding teenager named Donnie Darko. Donnie keeps having hallucinations of a giant demonic bunny named ¿Frank¿ that predicts the end of the world. In some of Donnie¿s hallucinations Frank convinces Donnie to commit various crimes, some of which being quite dangerous. Of course this is only a little of the weird stuff that happens, it gets much weirder and once the film has ended you may be thinking ¿What just happened?¿ or at least that is what I thought when I first watched it. It is a bizarre film that can be pretty confusing, but nonetheless I highly recommend watching it. This film made me laugh with its dark humor and it really boggled my mind at times. Donnie Darko is truly an unforgettable film and I recommend everyone to give it a try and watch it. The plot sounds crazy and maybe you¿re not sure this is something that you would want to watch, but trust me it is worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Riveting

    Through deep characterization and a clever storyline (with quite the complexing conclusion) this movie will have you watching it over and over again. You will be viewing it repeatedly not only to uncover the mysteries of the story, but to understand the characters better. Each time you watch it, you'll notice something new and exciting. Funny and upbeat, but dark and eerie. Sad and lonely, but happy and fulfilling. This movie will leave you VERY satisfied and with a desire for more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The cult smash that blew me away!!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow...need to watch it again!

    Wow! This was such an interesting movie! There are so many things I am still very unsure of, and it will be like a hunt trying to understand the crazy events and characters. I thought Donnie was played really well- very angsty, very insecure, very, in a good way, perverse. I really enjoyed it, and most interestingly, I think each individual who watches this movie will interpret it in a different way!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    observant, creative, and all together brilliant.

    This film is one of the deepest and darkest forms of art. "Donnie Darko" is a painting that you look at and in an instant ideas are weaving and exploding in your mind, it's very exillerating. This film fills your mind up with new ideas that have never crossed you're paths before. This film is one of a kind and definatly makes an impact.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great version of a great movie

    The US theatrical release left more of the premise to be guessed, and seemed to target more of an emotional response. The director's cut is more explicit about the premise, but delves much more deeply into the concepts on which the plot is constructed - more cerebral in a way, and, in my opinion, much more interesting. Great extras on the DVD, too. The "#1 fan" bit is hilarious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The director's cut leaves something to be desired

    I just watched the Director's cut this weekend and was put-off from the very beginning since the director had the stupid idea to replace the existing music with INXS. It changed the whole feeling of the film for me and I was not receptive to the other changes either, since all the added scenes detract from the sense of fear and suspense and slow the pace down way too much. This version should have never been made. The original version remains one of my all-time favorite movies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    No way to describe this movie!

    This movie was excellent! It is by far my favorite movie. Jake Gyllenhaal was perfect for the role of Donnie and he did a fantastic job! I loved this movie from start to finish and I've never seen a movie like it! If you haven't seen Donnie Darko, go get it now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Donnie Darko

    This movie was quite good with some suprising twists. Frank the giant blue demonic like bunny rabbit looked freaky and had a weird voice that would send shivers down your spine. Entertaining enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best movie out there

    Donnie Darko is by far my favorite movie. After I watched this movie the first time I thought wow that was a great movie. But, after the second time I really began to think about the movie and the message it is sending. I think that Jake Gyllenhaal was the perfect actor to choose for this part. The entire movie is fantastic from start to finish. If you haven't already seen it go rent it or buy it today!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVE IT!!

    Love it!! This is the best movie of all time!! If you haven¿t seen this movie, then you¿re crazy!! The cast is so great, especially Drew Barrymore! My favorite actress! Most people don¿t look beyond the movie and look deeper into what it really means! It¿s about LOVE! How Donnie made a difficult decision for the one he loves! A wonderful story line that makes you thinks throughout the movie. It¿s difficult to understand, but just watch it a couple of times and you¿ll get the main concept. So you guys out their who love a great movie, go to the movie store and get DONNIE DARKO!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Watch this Movie!

    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!

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