10 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Jake Gyllenhaal's Cult Classic Donnie Darko

10 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Jake Gyllenhaal's Cult Classic Donnie Darko
Richard Kelly's 2001 coming-of-age feature Donnie Darko combines science fiction, familial drama, and mental illness in compelling ways. The star-studded film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a high school student caught up in an apocalyptic plot that may or may not be a figment of his imagination. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Noah Wylie, Jenna Malone, and Patrick Swayze co-star.

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Donnie Darko transpires over the month of October 1988 in Middlesex, Virginia. Much of the film's beauty lies in its nostalgic attitude about the decade, as well as in its explorations of youth. After its lackluster theatrical release, Donnie Darko went on to earn a cult following, with fans hailing it as one of the most important science fiction films of the new Millenium.
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