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During the presidential election of 1988, a teenager named Donnie Darko sleepwalks out of his house one night, and sees a giant, demonic-looking rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world will end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds. He returns home the next morning to find that a jet engine has crashed through his bedroom. As he tries to figure out why he survived and tries to deal with people in his town, like the school bully, his conservative health teacher, and a self-help guru, Frank continues to turn up in Donnie's mind, causing him to commit acts of vandalism and worse.
Life is one long insane trip. Some people just have better directions.
Also Known As:
Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut
Title: Donnie Darko
Release Date: January 19, 2001
Runtime: 113 mins
All Genres: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Sound: Dolby Digital
IMDB Rating: 8.3
Buried.com Rating: 9.3 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With D
MPAA Rating: R
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for language, some drug use and violence.; Rated R for language, some underage drug and alcohol use, and violence. (director's cut)
Jake Gyllenhaal ...Donnie Darko
Holmes Osborne ...Eddie Darko
Maggie Gyllenhaal ...Elizabeth Darko
Daveigh Chase ...Samantha Darko
Mary McDonnell ...Rose Darko
James Duval ...Frank
Arthur Taxier ...Dr. Fisher
Patrick Swayze ...Jim Cunningham
Mark Hoffman ...Police Officer
David St. James ...Bob Garland
Tom Tangen ...Man in Red Jogging Suit
Jazzie Mahannah ...Joanie James
Jolene Purdy ...Cherita Chen
Stuart Stone ...Ronald Fisher
Gary Lundy ...Sean Smith
Alex Greenwald ...Seth Devlin
Beth Grant ...Kitty Farmer
Jena Malone ...Gretchen Ross
Seth Rogen ...Ricky Danforth
David Moreland ...Principal Cole
Noah Wyle ...Prof. Kenneth Monnitoff
Drew Barrymore ...Karen Pomeroy
Kristina Malota ...Susie Bates
Marina Malota ...Emily Bates
Carly Naples ...Suzy Bailey
Tiler Peck ...Beth Farmer
Patience Cleveland ...Roberta Sparrow / Grandma Death
Katharine Ross ...Dr. Lilian Thurman
Lisa K. Wyatt ...Linda Connie
Rachel Winfree ...Shanda Riesman
» [more cast members]
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- [to Cherita Chen] Donnie: I promise, that one day, everything's going to be better for you.
Ronald Fisher: Beer and pussy. That's all I need. Sean Smith: We gotta find ourselves a Smurfette. Ronald Fisher: Smurfette? Sean Smith: Yeah, not some tight-ass Middlesex chick, right? Like this cute little blonde that will get down and dirty with the guys. Like Smurfette does. Donnie: Smurfette doesn't fuck. Sean Smith: That's bullshit. Smurfette fucks all the other Smurfs. Why do you think Papa Smurf made her? Because all the other Smurfs were getting too horny. Ronald Fisher: No, no, no, not Vanity. I heard he was a homosexual. Sean Smith: Okay, then, you know what? She fucks them and Vanity watches. Okay? Ronald Fisher: What about Papa Smurf? I mean, he must get in on all the action. Sean Smith: Yeah, what he does, he films the gang-bang, and he beats off to the tape. Donnie: [shouts] First of all, Papa Smurf didn't create Smurfette. Gargamel did. She was sent in as Gargamel's evil spy with the intention of destroying the Smurf village. But the overwhelming goodness of the Smurf way of life transformed her. And as for the whole gang-bang scenario, it just couldn't happen. Smurfs are asexual. They don't even have... reproductive organs under those little, white pants. It's just so illogical, you know, about being a Smurf. You know, what's the point of living... if you don't have a dick? Ronald Fisher: [pause] Dammit, Donnie. Why you gotta get all smart on us?
Samantha Darko: Why do I have to sleep with Donnie? He stinks. Donnie: When you fall asleep tonight, I'm gonna fart in your face.
Donnie: How can you do that? Frank: I can do anything I want. And so can you.
[At the school assembly speaking out against Jim Cunningham] Donnie: Do you want your sister to lose weight? Tell her to get off the couch, stop eating twinkies and maybe go out for field hockey. You know what? No one ever knows what they want to be when they grow up. You know it takes a little, little while to find that out, right, Jim? And you... yeah, you. Sick of some jerk shoving your head down the toilet? Well, you know what? Maybe... you should lift some weights, or uh, take a karate lesson and the next time he's tries to do it, you kick him in the balls.
- Richard Kelly said that the movie had a very difficult time finding a US distributor. Since the film embodied myriad genres and tones, distributors were confused by the movie's message, and how to market it. Additionally, Kelly also claims that "Darko" was very close to premiering on the Starz network until Newmarket Films picked up the film for theatrical distribution.
Despite persistent rumors, Richard Kelly insists that none of the characters in this film are based upon USC teachers or students.
Someone at the house party jumps on a trampoline, wearing a Ronald Reagan mask. This is taken from a photo of Hunter S. Thompson doing the same.
During conversations about sex with his therapist, the script had Donnie's fantasies be about Alyssa Milano. This had to be changed to Christina Applegate due to legal reasons.
In the theater scene, Richard Kelly originally intended to have Donnie and Gretchen going to see C.H.U.D. (1984). However, there were problems with finding out who owned the rights to the movie. Finally, Sam Raimi came to the rescue by allowing Kelly to use and distort footage from The Evil Dead (1981), free of charge. This scene was filmed at The Aero Theatre at 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA. The Aero closed in 2003 but re-opened in early 2005.
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