R | | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.
Writer and Director Richard Kelly was impressed with the commitment to craft exhibited by young Jake Gyllenhaal. For the scene where Donnie is hypnotized by his therapist, only to instead begin experiencing a sexual fantasy involving Christina Applegate, Kelly considered doing a take where he would instruct Katharine Ross not to snap her fingers and break the trance. Upon concluding that the future A-lister would most likely simply remain in the scene and continue on masturbating, Kelly thought better of the idea.
I'm voting for Dukakis.
The unmarried Jim Cunningham wears a wedding band throughout the film. According to Richard Kelly, this is an element of his untrustworthy and mysterious nature.
After the closing credits, on the director's cut, there is the title of the movie followed by a drawing of Frank.
Also, the line from Frank in the cinema, "I am so sorry", seems to be missing from the director's cut.
€21,296 (Spain) (7 July 2002)
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