Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko poster
Theatrical release poster
Release Date Jan. 19, 2001 (Sundance)

Oct. 28, 2001 (United States)

Running Time 113 minutes

133 minutes (Director's cut)

Directed by Richard Kelly
Producer(s) Sean McKittrick

Nancy Juvonen
Adam Fields

Written by Richard Kelly
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

Jena Malone
Drew Barrymore
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Mary McDonnell
Katharine Ross
Patrick Swayze
Noah Wyle

Music by Michael Andrews
Cinematography by Steven B. Poster
Edited by Sam Bauer

Eric Strand

Production Company Flower Films
Distributed by Pandora Cinema

Newmarket Films

Language English
Country United States
Budget $3.8 million
Box Office $7.6 million
Sequels S. Darko
Donnie Darko is a 2001 Ameircan drama film written and directed by Richard Kelly. It stars real life siblings Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, and Noah Wyle.

The movie was filmed over 28 days with a $4.5 million budget. It grossed just under $7.7 million worldwide and has gained a cult following since. A director's cut of the film was released on DVD in 2004.


The Time Travelers Edit

The character Donnie Darko (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) is a high school student struggling with a psychological disorder who interacts with a guy in a monstrous rabbit costume named Frank. Frank tells him the time the world will end and at that time, a wormhole forms connecting the present to the past.

Photo Time Traveler Played by
DonnieDarko2 Donnie Darko Jake Gyllenhaal

Tropes Edit

  • End of the world
  • Questioning the hero's sanity
  • Vortexes

Notable QuotesEdit

"Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?" -- Frank

"Every creature on this earth dies alone." -- Roberta Sparrow

Time Travel TheoriesEdit

Time DiagramEdit

Popular CultureEdit

Links Edit


  1. Life is Strange Wikia: References