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The Butterfly Effect (2004)

R  |   |  Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  23 January 2004 (USA)
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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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Das Ende ist erst der Anfang (The end is only the beginning.) See more »

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

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Release Date:

23 January 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El efecto mariposa  »

Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,065,227 (USA) (23 January 2004)

Gross:

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

The title is a reference to a concept in Chaos Theory whereby small events may lead unpredictably to large events. This is explained in the opening quotation which explains that a butterfly flapping its wings may result in a typhoon. It may also be seen secondarily as a reference to the short story, "A Sound of Thunder", by Ray Bradbury. See more »

Goofs

When Evan throws the fancy meal for Kayleigh, the flower in her hair repeatedly disappears and reappears between shots. 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 »

Connections

Followed by The Butterfly Effect 2 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

The End
Written by Level and Buka
Performed by AP2
Courtesy of Tooth and Nail Records
By arrangement with Position Soundtrack Services
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See it more than once!
4 January 2005 | by (Humlebaek, Denmark) – See all my reviews

The film has never been showed in Denmark, (where I come from) so the press has never reviewed it. It took me 2 times to get the point but when I realized every part of the film, I felt a huge rush! I'm sure when I see it the 3rd time it will be an even bigger experience to me. Every part of the film plays an important role to the main thread. Every details have a role! The film is like reading a poem from the 18th century, where every sentence means something. The director is a pure genius! Those who've criticized the film, should really see it again, because you'll then notice all the details which makes this film excellent! Without a doubt one of the best films I've seen!


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