Donnie Darko script
Donnie Darko (2001)
Synopsis: In a funny, moving and distinctly mind-bending journey through suburban America, one extraordinary but disenchanted teenager is about to take Time's Arrow for a ride. After surviving a freak accident, Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) begins to explore what it means to be alive, and in short order to be in love, he uncovers secrets of the universe that give him a tempting power to alter time and destiny.

FADE IN:

We descend upon Carpathian Ridge, a crescent-shaped cliff

that extrudes from the dense Virginia evergreens above a

deep rock canyon. The cliff marks the end of a dirt road

that winds down from above.

Donnie Darko (sixteen) is asleep at the edge of the cliff.

With his bike collapsed next to him, he is shivering, curled

up on the foetal position.

He slowly opens his eyes and looks around, disoriented by

the morning light. He then stands up, looking down into the

expansive rock canyon. After a moment of hesitation, he takes

his bike back up the hill.

EXT. MIDDLESEX - MORNING (11 A.M.)

Montage is choreographed to 'Never Tear Us Apart' by INXS.

Donnie pedals down into the suburban village of Middlesex,

Virginia... passing by a large rock 'Middlesex' rock-pattern.

Donnie pedals past two neighbourhood women who are

speedwalking with handweights. They smile at him.

A Pontiac Trans-Am speeds by.

EXT. NEIGHBOURHOOD STREET - DAY (SATURDAY 1 P.M.)

Donnie turns the corner and heads towards the garage.

We pan over to the Darko house... moving through the front

yard where Eddie Darko (forty-four) pulls the cord and his

gas-powered leaf-blower roars to life.

Elizabeth Darko (nineteen) comes out the front door. She

approaches her dad from behind. Eddie turns and aims the

leaf-blower at her face... blasting her with air.

EXT. DARKO DRIVEWAY - NEXT

Donnie parks his bike and goes inside.

EXT. DARKO BACKYARD / PATIO - NEXT

We pull back from Samantha Darko (ten) as she is jumping on

a trampoline and pan over to Rose Darko (forty-two) as she

sits at a table reading a paperback copy of Stephen King's

"IT". She glances over to the kitchen.

INT. KITCHEN - NEXT

Donnie walks into the kitchen. He then goes to the

refrigerator.

Printed in magic marker on the refrigerator notepad is the

phrase:

WHERE IS DONNIE?

INT. FAMILY ROOM - EVENING (5 P.M.)

The opening theme of "Who's the Boss?" begins as we see Tony

Danza's blue van and the title card. We reveal Samantha,

sitting on the floor, singing softly to the theme song "Brand

New Life" performed by Larry Weiss.

We pan over to Donnie, sitting in the La-Z Boy.

INT. KITCHEN - EVENING (6 P.M.)

The Darko family has convened for dinner. They eat silently

for several moments.

ELIZABETH:

I'm voting for Dukakis.

EDDIE:

Perhaps when you have children of

your own that need braces, and you

can't afford them because half of

your husband's paycheck goes to the

federal government, you'll regret

that decision.

ELIZABETH:

(amused bitterness)

I'm not gonna squeeze one out until

I'm thirty.

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Richard Kelly

James Richard Kelly, better known as Richard Kelly, is an American film director and writer, known for writing and directing the cult classic Donnie Darko in 2001. more…

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