Donnie Darko is a 2001 American psychological thriller-fantasy film directed and written by Richard Kelly. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Noah Wyle, Jena Malone, and Mary McDonnell, and 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 resulting in the director's cut receiving a two-disc, special edition release in 2004.
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 rabbit. On October 2nd, 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.
Donnie's father, Eddie (Holmes Osborne), takes Donnie to his therapist, Dr. Lillian Thurman (Katharine Ross), and nearly runs over Roberta Sparrow (Patience Cleveland), a seemingly senile old woman known as "Grandma Death". Afterward, Dr. Thurman increases Donnie's medication and begins hypnotherapy. Frank continues to appear to Donnie and manipulates him to commit a series of crimes and, also, tells Donnie about time travel. Donnie floods the school, steals his father's gun, and burns the home of Jim Cunningham, where firemen uncover a "kiddie porn dungeon."
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