15 certificateDonnie Darko is a Film programme that first aired in 2001 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Donnie Darko is a 4 star programme

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Donnie Darko (2001)

Directed by
Richard Kelly

This powerful and surreal psychological fantasy drama received lavish praise from the critics when it was released in 2001, but baffled a lot of filmgoers. It's definitely one of those movies that you either love and would include in your all-time top five, or watch once, wonder what all the fuss was about, and vow never to see it again.

It's certainly well made, impressively acted and is a highly original picture, but maybe - in hindsight - the praise and hype that surrounded it now seems a little unfounded. Either way it's definitely worth seeing, if only so that you can make your own mind up.

During the presidential election of 1988, teenager Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) sleepwalks out of his house and sees a giant, demonic-looking rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world will end in 28 days. When Donnie returns home, he finds that a jet engine has crashed into his bedroom. Is Donnie living in a parallel universe, is he suffering from mental illness - or will the world really end?

Written by

Also known as "Donnie Darko, el Oscuro"

Genre: Film

Running Time: 125 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2001

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Jake GyllenhaalJake Gyllenhaal...Donnie Darko
Holmes Osborne...Eddie Darko
Image for Maggie GyllenhaalMaggie Gyllenhaal...Elizabeth Darko
Daveigh Chase...Samantha Darko
Image for Mary McDonnellMary McDonnell...Mrs. Rose Darko
James Duval...Frank
Arthur Taxier...Dr. Fisher
Image for Patrick SwayzePatrick 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
Image for Jena MaloneJena Malone...Gretchen Ross
Image for Seth RogenSeth Rogen...Ricky Danforth
David Moreland...Principal Cole