Donnie Darko

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Donnie Darko is a 2001 American Surreal film directed and written by Richard Kelly and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Noah Wyle, Jena Malone, and Mary McDonnell. The film depicts the reality-bending adventures of the title character as he seeks the meaning and significance behind his troubling Doomsday-related visions.

The film was initially slated for a direct-to-video release before being picked up by Newmarket Films. Budgeted with $4.5 million[1] and filmed over the course of 28 days, the film missed breaking even at the box office, grossing just over $4.1 million worldwide.[2] Since then, the film has received favorable reviews from critics and developed a large cult following,[3] resulting in the director's cut receiving a two-disc, special edition release in 2004.[4]



In October 1988, teenager Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) has been seeing a psychiatrist because of his troubled history. Donnie sleepwalks, and he has visions of Frank (James Duval), a menacing person in a rabbit costume. On October 2, Frank draws Donnie out of his room to tell him that, in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds, the world will end. While Donnie is outside, a jet engine crashes through his bedroom. The next morning, Jim Cunningham (Patrick Swayze), a motivational speaker, finds Donnie sleeping on the golf course and wakes him. Donnie returns home to find police and firemen at his home. After an initial investigation, no one knows where the jet engine has come from. The following day, Donnie meets Gretchen Ross (Jena Malone), a new student, who becomes one of the few people with whom Donnie can share his visions.

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