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Donnie Darko Details


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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 25, 2002


Awarded by
Independent Spirit Awards Richard Kelly Best First Feature 2001 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Richard Kelly Best First Screenplay 2001 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Jake Gyllenhaal Best Actor 2001 Nominee


Jake Gyllenhaal
as Donnie Darko
Jena Malone
as Gretchen Ross
Mary McDonnell
as Rose Darko
Holmes Osborne
as Eddie Darko
Maggie Gyllenhaal
as Elizabeth Darko
Drew Barrymore
as Karen Pomeroy
Patrick Swayze
as Jim Cunningham
Katharine Ross
as Dr. Lillian Thurman
James Duval
as Frank
Noah Wyle
as Dr. Monnitoff
Daveigh Chase
as Samantha Darko
Beth Grant
as Kitty Farmer
Arthur Taxier
as Dr. Fisher
Stuart Stone
as Ronald Fisher
David St. James
as Bob Garland
Gary Lundy
as Sean Smith
Ashley Tisdale
as Kim
Jolene Purdy
as Cherita
Seth Rogen
as Ricky Danforth
Jolene Purdy
as Cherita
Ashley Tisdale
as Kim
David St. James
as Bob Garland
Gary Lundy
as Sean Smith


Richard Kelly
Adam Fields
Sean McKittrick
Nancy Juvonen
Richard Kelly
Steven Poster
Manish Raval
Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Andrews
Composer (Music Score)
Sam Bauer
Alec Hammond
Production Designer
Aaron Ryder
Executive Producer
Casey La Scala
Executive Producer
William Tyrer
Executive Producer
Drew Barrymore
Executive Producer
Chris J. Ball
Executive Producer
Hunt Lowry
Executive Producer
Julia Levine
Set Designer
April Ferry
Costume Designer
Coleman Metts
Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph Middleton