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A young man blocks out harmful memories of significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life.

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Storyline

Evan Treborn grows up in a small town with his single, working mother and his friends. He suffers from memory blackouts where he suddenly finds himself somewhere else, confused. Evan's friends and mother hardly believe him, thinking he makes it up just to get out of trouble. As Evan grows up he has fewer of these blackouts until he seems to have recovered. Since the age of seven he has written a diary of his blackout moments so he can remember what happens. One day at college he starts to read one of his old diaries, and suddenly a flashback hits him like a brick! Written by Anonymous

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Verändere die Zukunft, durch die Vergangenheit (Change the future, through the past.) See more »

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Rated R for violence, sexual content, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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23 January 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El efecto mariposa  »

Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$143,748 (Japan) (13 May 2005)

Gross:

$143,748 (Japan) (13 May 2005)
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Trivia

Ali Larter was offered the role of Kayleigh, but dropped out. See more »

Goofs

The note reading "I'LL COME BACK FOR YOU" changes. Note the break between the top stroke of the I in I'LL and the apostrophe and no break in the bottom of the B of BACK the first time we see the note. When we see the note in Kayleigh's grave there is no break on the top stroke of the I and there is a break in the bottom of the B. There is also no red margin at the top of the first note. This of course assumes the note put onto the grave is not symbolic, in that, he had kept the original rather than the deeper symbolism of how, for Evan, the entire story is about going back for Kayleigh. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[reading aloud as he writes a note]
Evan: If anyone finds this, it means my plan didn't work and I'm already dead. But if I can somehow go back to the beginning of all of this, I might be able to save her.
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Crazy Credits

The title, "The Butterfly Effect," is superimposed over a depiction of a butterfly beating its wings, which is itself superimposed upon an X-ray profile of a human brain. See more »

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Referenced in Supernatural: My Heart Will Go On (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Hear You Me
Written by Tom Linton, Rick Burch, Zach Lind, Jim Adkins
Performed by Jimmy Eat World
Courtesy of DreamWorks Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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One good turn....
7 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie received WAY too many bad reviews. The only reason was to PUNK Ashton Kutcher. Say what you will, Kutcher did a fair to midland acting job here. There have been a lot worse performances on film in much better reviewed movies. I tell you, you will NOT be disappointed watching the Director's cut Alternate ending. It is a story of how one action causes a series of reactions...no matter the intentions, be careful what you wish for. This film's biggest mistake was promoting it in the horror genre. It is NOT! It is a nice dark fantasy film, nothing more, nothing less. There are 2 different endings, with 2 different meanings for me. I preferred the Alternate ending in lieu of the Theatrical ending. A great "popcorn" movie. Don't believe the (bad)Hype!


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