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Donnie Darko (2001)

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Coming Out at 19 January 2001 in theaters

Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Donnie Darko is science fiction psychological thriller film written and directed by Richard Kelly. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Mary McDonnell, Katharine Ross, Patrick Swayze, Noah Wyle, Stu Stone, Daveigh Chase and James Duval. The film follows the adventures of the troubled titular character as he seeks to find the meaning behind his doomsday-related visions.

Filmed over the course of 28 days, which matches the passage of time in the film, Donnie Darko was almost released straight-to-video. It was screened at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2001, before receiving a limited theatrical release on October 26, 2001, by Flower Films. Due to the film’s advertising featuring a crashing plane and the September 11 attacks that transpired a month before, the film was scarcely advertised. The film grossed just over $7.5 million worldwide on a budget of $4.5 million.

Despite its initial lackluster box office performance, Donnie Darko received critical acclaim. Critics lauded the story, acting, and tone. It was listed No. 2 in Empire’s “50 Greatest Independent Films of All Time”, as well as No. 53 in Empire’s “500 Greatest Movies of All Time”. It was released on VHS and DVD in March 2002. The film became a surprising success on the home video market, reportedly grossing over half a million in sales and developing a cult following. A director’s cut was released in 2004, on a two-disc special edition DVD. A stage adaptation appeared in 2007, and a sequel, S. Darko, in 2009.

The film’s soundtrack included a cover version of Tears for Fears’s “Mad World” by Gary Jules and Michael Andrews which topped the UK Singles Chart for three consecutive weeks; the song achieved lukewarm success in the United States, reaching No. 30 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Director: Richard Kelly

Writer: Richard Kelly

Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Daveigh Chase

Cast:

Jake GyllenhaalDonnie Darko
Holmes OsborneEddie Darko
Maggie GyllenhaalElizabeth Darko
Daveigh ChaseSamantha Darko
Mary McDonnellRose Darko
James DuvalFrank
Arthur TaxierDr. Fisher
Patrick SwayzeJim Cunningham
Mark HoffmanPolice Officer
David St. JamesBob Garland
Tom TangenMan in Red Jogging Suit
Jazzie MahannahJoanie James
Jolene PurdyCherita Chen
Stuart StoneRonald Fisher
Gary LundySean Smith
Alex GreenwaldSeth Devlin
Beth GrantKitty Farmer
Jena MaloneGretchen Ross
Seth RogenRicky Danforth
David MorelandPrincipal Cole
Noah WyleProf. Kenneth Monnitoff
Drew BarrymoreKaren Pomeroy
Kristina MalotaSusie Bates
Marina Malota DarlingEmily Bates
Carly NaplesSuzy Bailey
Tiler PeckBeth Farmer
Patience ClevelandRoberta Sparrow / Grandma Death
Katharine RossDr. Lilian Thurman
Lisa K. WyattLinda Connie
Rachel WinfreeShanda Riesman
Jack Salvatore Jr.Larry Riesman
Lee WeaverLeroy
Phyllis LyonsAnne Fisher
Ashley TisdaleKim, Dorky Girl
Alison JonesDorky Half-Sister
Jerry TrainorLanky Kid
Joan BlairMystery Woman
Sarah HudsonFriend
Fran KranzPassenger
Scotty LeavenworthDavid
George Bush(archive footage)
Conrad Angel CorralVice Principal
Michael Dukakis (archive footage)
Phil HawnTeacher
Nancy JuvonenFlight Attendant
Christie McNewStudent
Margaret Kontra PalmerConcerned Mother
Dee Austin RobertsonMovie Ticket Salesman
Jack TrumanTeacher

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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