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Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko

Director: Richard Kelly Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore


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Donnie Darko (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 he can see, and who often urges him to perform dangerous and destructive pranks. Late one night, Frank leads him 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 a new girl at school who is attracted to his quirks (Jena Malone). Donnie Darko was the first feature film from writer/director Richard Kelly; Drew Barrymore, who plays teacher Karen Pomeroy, also lent her support to the project as an executive producer. A director's cut played in select theaters on a limited basis in the summer of 2004, featuring different music cues and trimmed scenes originally in Kelly's first cut of the film.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/06/2018
UPC: 0760137109587
Original Release: 2001
Source: Arrow Video
Region Code: A
Time: 1:53:00
Sales rank: 387

Special Features

Brand new 4K of the Theatrical cut from the original camera negative produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release, supervised and approved by Director Richard Kelly and Cinematographer Seven Poster; High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation; Original 5.1 Audio; Optional English Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing; Audio Commentary by Writer-Director Richard Kelly and actor Jake Gyllenhaal; Audio Commentary by Kelly, cast and crew; Deux ex Machina: The Philosophy of Donnie Darko, a brand-new documentary containing interviews with Writer-Director Richard Kelly, Producer Sean McKittrick, Director of Photography Steven Poster, Editor Sam Bauer, Composer Michael Edwards, Costume Designer April Ferry, Production Designer Alec Hammond and actor James Duval; The Goodbye Place, Kelly's 1996 short film; Twenty deleted and alternate scenes with optional commentary by Kelly; Trailer; Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp

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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Donnie Darko 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 131 reviews.
TheAtomicBull More than 1 year ago
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.
Toni240 More than 1 year ago
One of my favs of all time. It's mind boggling, twisted, everything you could want in a movie. Highly reccommend this one.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
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.
InnocenceDiesAbbyDosent More than 1 year ago
amazingly depressing
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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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie makes u think so u are always into it
Ms.Black More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this movie, I expected nothing special. But the night after, I found myself hiring it again and watching it with someone else. The second time I watched it I felt the odd shiver down my spine, because it was that damn good. This really is the best movie I have seen in a long, long time. Everything about it is superb. If you haven't seen this already, see it, and buy it. If you have seen it, what are you waiting for?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best movies I have ever seen. It's a movie that will challenge everything you ever believed on certain subjects and make you think as hard as your brain possibly can.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Katharine Ross is the best actress ever and she was the highlight of this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film exceeded my expectations. I bought it two days later... still wanting more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has got to be one of the only films to instantly appear on my top ten favorites list...I just can't imagine not being provoked by this film for the rest of my life. Set over the month of October, 1988, the film is part psychological thriller, part coming-of-age, part black comedy, part time travel, part love story, and all around madness. Everything but the kitchen sink, yet Richard Kelly manages to balance it all perfectly with his directorial debut. I was 14 in 1988, the same age as Donnie's friends, and definetly appreciated the little touches (the classic Kathy Ireland poster in his room, the haunting ET and Back to the Future references). This is a subtly scathing attack on post 80's America, pre-Columbine, when the psycho-student wasn't such a common thing, and there was still some hope for inspiring our children...I only hope another portal opens soon! By the way, if the movie confuses you, and it will, check out the official web site. Richard Kelly has explained everything there, though it will take some detective work to navigate the site!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is my favorite movies of all time. truly a work of art... acting is amazing and everything about this film will grab you. see it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Donnie Darko is a insanely good film. it brings together all kinds of different movie genres. It's sad, twisted story line will keep you thinking for days on end. Why is Donnie darko so good, because it makes you think and has one of the deepest story lines I have ever known. This film would be best suited to deep thinkers and people who like twisted story lines. It is the best film i will ever see.