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Writers (WGA):
J. Mackye Gruber (written by) &
Eric Bress (written by)
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Release Date:
23 January 2004 (USA) See more »
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Change one thing, Change everything. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Ashton Kutcher ... Evan

Melora Walters ... Andrea

Amy Smart ... Kayleigh

Elden Henson ... Lenny

William Lee Scott ... Tommy

John Patrick Amedori ... Evan at 13

Irene Gorovaia ... Kayleigh at 13

Kevin G. Schmidt ... Lenny at 13

Jesse James ... Tommy at 13

Logan Lerman ... Evan at 7
Sarah Widdows ... Kayleigh at 7
Jake Kaese ... Lenny at 7

Cameron Bright ... Tommy at 7

Eric Stoltz ... Mr. Miller

Callum Keith Rennie ... Jason

Lorena Gale ... Mrs. Boswell
Nathaniel DeVeaux ... Dr. Redfield (as Nathaniel Deveaux)
John Tierney ... Priest

Kendall Cross ... Mrs. Kagan

Ted Friend ... Anchor

John B. Lowe ... Professor Carter

Ethan Suplee ... Thumper

Camille Sullivan ... Cricket

Tara Wilson ... Heidi

Jesse Hutch ... Spencer
Jacqueline Stewart ... Gwen (as Jacqueline J. Stewart)
Grant Thompson ... Hunter
Sadie Lawrence ... Mrs. Halpern
Bill Croft ... Boss
Glenn Richards ... Pinching Customer

Sam Easton ... Theta Chi Pledge

Daniel Spink ... Senior Brother
Douglas Arthurs ... Karl (as Douglas H. Arthurs)

Kevin Durand ... Carlos

Paul Lazenby ... Rick

June B. Wilde ... Waitress

Kimani Ray Smith ... Orderly (as Kimani Smith)

Trevor Jones ... Sunnyvale Guard

Colby Chartrand ... Teen Punk
Shelly Schiavoni ... Mrs. Miller

Brandy Kopp ... Kristen (as Brandy Heidrick)
Chapelle Jaffe ... Madame Helga

Scott Swanson ... Obstetrician

Kevan Ohtsji ... Anesthesiologist

Meilani Paul ... Gesela (as Melanie Hall)

Amy Esterle ... Gothic Co-Ed
David Cook ... Moviegoer

Magda Apanowicz ... Teen Punk Girl

Garry Little ... Wedding Priest (as Gary Little)
J. Jackson Kocela ... Evan at 3

Andrew Olcott ... Andrea's New Husband
Riddle the Dog ... Crockett the Dog
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Dasilma ... Theta Chi Pledge #2 (uncredited)

Stan Edmonds ... Crying Mental Patient (uncredited)
Cameron K. Smith ... Theater Patron (uncredited)
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Directed by
Eric Bress 
J. Mackye Gruber 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
J. Mackye Gruber (written by) &
Eric Bress (written by)

Produced by
Chris Bender .... producer
Cale Boyter .... executive producer
Richard Brener .... executive producer
A.J. Dix .... producer
Toby Emmerich .... executive producer
Johnny Fountain .... associate producer
Jason Goldberg .... executive producer
David Krintzman .... executive producer
Ashton Kutcher .... executive producer
Anthony Rhulen .... producer
Lisa Richardson .... co-producer
William Shively .... executive producer
J.C. Spink .... producer (as JC Spink)
 
Original Music by
Michael Suby 
 
Cinematography by
Matthew F. Leonetti (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Amundson 
 
Casting by
Carmen Cuba 
 
Production Design by
Douglas Higgins 
 
Art Direction by
Shannon Grover 
Jeremy Stanbridge 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Higgins 
 
Costume Design by
Carla Hetland 
 
Makeup Department
Angelina P. Cameron .... key hair stylist (as Angelina Cameron)
Jeannie Chow .... assistant hair stylist
Stan Edmonds .... key makeup artist
Felix Fox .... makeup effects: Schminken Studio Inc.
John L. Healy .... makeup effects: additional photography (as John Healy)
Toby Lindala .... key makeup effects: Schminken Studio Inc.
Tone Rorvik .... assistant makeup artist
Lance Webb .... makeup effects: Schminken Studio Inc.
Stacey Butterworth .... wig maker (uncredited)
 
Production Management
J. Daniel Dusek .... unit production manager: Monroe
Brendan Ferguson .... production manager
Claire O'Brien .... post-production supervisor
Richard Stirling .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Bitonti .... first assistant director: additional photography
Michael Collins .... trainee assistant director
Warren Hanna .... trainee assistant director: additional photography
Gary Hawes .... trainee assistant director
Peter D. Marshall .... first assistant director
Lori K. Peterson .... third assistant director (as Lori Peterson)
Cindy Smith .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Andrei Andrianko .... art department assistant
John Beatty .... construction foreman
Nils Blomberg .... lead carpenter
David M. Bowen .... props assistant: Monroe (as David Bowen)
Barry W. Brolly .... set dresser (as Barry Brolly)
Graham Coutts .... property master
Garth Elliott .... head greens
Kerri Elliott .... art department coordinator
Aaron Freschi .... lead dresser
Chris Gilmour .... on-set dresser: additional photography
Gillian Goodman .... assistant property master (as Gill Goodman)
Peter Grace .... construction coordinator
Eric 'Rico' Hargreaves .... on-set carpenter (as Eric Hargreaves)
Erich Hepnar .... on-set greens
Sierra Laflamme .... on-set dresser
Marko Lytviak .... head painter
Ian P. OBriain .... assistant set decorator (as Ian OBriain)
Dan Petrescu .... paint foreman
D.N. Pettipas .... props buyer
Nina Polkinghorne .... assistant property master
Robert Pratt .... storyboard artist
Dean Rossmo .... construction buyer
Dena Skalin .... scenic artist
Mike Sorochuk .... lead carpenter
Tonya Soules .... set decorator buyer
Regan Steele .... set dresser
Kevin Tomecek .... construction first aid
 
Sound Department
Christopher Assells .... sound effects editor (as Chris Assels)
Lon Bender .... sound designer
Lon Bender .... sound supervisor
John Bires .... sound engineer
Weldon Brown .... adr mixer
John Cannon .... assistant sound editor
Claudia Carle .... adr recordist
Zack Davis .... adr supervisor
Zack Davis .... dialogue supervisor
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer (as Bob Deschaine)
Jannene Elam .... sound assistant
Robert Hanchar .... boom operator (as Rob Hanchar)
Bill Henderson .... sound re-recording engineer
Daryl Lathrop .... adr recordist
Aaron Levy .... sound re-recordist
Michael Lyle .... foley walker
Derek Marcil .... sound re-recording mixer
Carey Milbradt .... foley mixer
Daryl Powell .... sound mixer
John Ross .... sound re-recording mixer
Geoffrey G. Rubay .... sound designer
Geoffrey G. Rubay .... sound supervisor
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist
Karen Vassar Triest .... sound effects editor (as Karen Vassar)
Trevor Ward .... sound consultant: Dolby
Mathew Waters .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Zinda .... sound designer
Carey Milbradt .... foley recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Murray Campbell .... special effects best boy
Corbin Fox .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Kathryn Bolt .... digital compositor
Tom Bristow .... I/O and quality control
Timothy Michael Cairns .... I/O and quality control (as Tim Cairns)
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals
Adrian Colbert .... digital colorist assist (as Adrian S. Colbert)
Michael Cooper .... vice president: business development
James Cowan .... compositor
Peter de Bay .... compositor (as Peter Debay)
Pete Dionne .... Maya artist (as Hacksaw Jim Dionne)
Christopher Edwards .... manager of operations (as Chris Edwards)
Randy Egan .... senior digital artist
Christopher Elke .... visual effects producer
Mike 'Fuzzy' Ellis .... vice president: visual effects (as Michael Ellis)
Bill Feightner .... vice president of technology
John Fukushima .... compositor (as John 'The Fook' Fukushima)
Ted Gervan .... digital effects artist
Rob Gyorgy .... digital effects artist
Jeffry Lee .... compositor
Kevin Lin .... digital cleanup artist
Ralph Maiers .... visual effects supervisor (as Ralph Maeirs)
Chad Malbon .... digital film coordinator
Chad Malbon .... visual effects coordinator
Mindy Minkow .... digital intermediate associate producer
Erik Nordby .... compositor (as Erik R. Nordby)
Andrew Pascoe .... digital film technician
Sherri Potter .... senior visual effects producer
Dave Robinson .... pre-visualization artist
Lorraine Rozon .... visual effects producer
Hilda Saffari .... digital intermediate associate producer
Steven J. Scott .... digital color timer
Andy Sykes .... visual effects executive producer
Chris Taft .... I/O and quality control
Joel Tong .... compositor (as Joel 'Chainsaw' Tong)
Brian Wawzonek .... compositor
Benjamin J. Wylie .... Maya artist
Thomas Mathai .... data manager (uncredited)
Michael Shapcotte .... system administrator: Toybox (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Nick Allen .... stunt double: Evan
James Bamford .... stunt coordinator
James Bamford .... stunt guard
Dustin Brooks .... stunt double: Tommy
Laura Lee Connery .... stunts
Brent Connolly .... stunt double: Karl
Marny Eng .... stunt double
Glenn Ennis .... stunt guard
Trevor Jones .... stunt guard
Chris Sayour .... stunt double: Evan (as Christopher Sayour)
Suzi Stingl .... stunt double: Evan at 7
Marshall Virtue .... stunt double: Jason
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Steven A. Adelson .... camera operator: "b" camera, Monroe
Stanka Banasova .... camera trainee
Jim Barber .... key rigging grip
Paul Bougie .... best boy electric
Paul Brebner .... second assistant camera: additional photography
Diane Broussalian .... additional second assistant camera: Monroe
John L. Brown .... dolly grip: "a" camera (as John 'JB' Brown)
Vance Burberry .... director of photography: additional photography
Peter G. Capadouca .... gaffer (as Peter Capadouca)
Chris Carlson .... lamp operator: additional photography
Murray Chysyk .... leadman electrician
John Clothier .... camera operator: "a" camera
Steve Colgrove .... grip/electric swing: Monroe (as Stephen Colgrove)
Mike Draaijers .... lamp operator: additional photography (as Myke Draaijers)
Cameron Drinkle .... video playback operator
Rod Feldmeier .... generator operator: additional photography
Nathan Funk .... grip: additional photography
Wilf Guttmann .... rigging grip (as Willfried Guttman)
Shauna Hanna .... best girl grip
Shane Harvey .... still photographer
Kevin Hemmingson .... grip: additional photography
Pierre Hubert .... dolly grip: "b" camera (as Pepe Hubert)
David Jones .... grip: additional photography
Guy LeBlanc .... lamp operator (as Guy Leblanc)
Michael LePard .... best boy electric: Monroe (as Michael Lepard)
Taylor Matheson .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, Monroe
Michael McLellan .... key grip
Gregory Middleton .... director of photography: second unit (as Greg Middleton)
Randal W. Morton .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (as Randy Morton)
Colleen Newberry .... best girl grip: Monroe
Cam North .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Kevin O'Leary .... best boy: additional photography
Glenn Parker .... still photographer
Norbert F. Quiban .... grip/electric swing: Monroe (as Norbert Quiban)
Dean Reca .... grip
Chris Rothfelder .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Miles Schick .... leadman grip
Mark Simon .... grip/electric swing: Monroe
Trig Singer .... camera operator: "b" camera
James Smith .... best boy: additional photography
Troy James Sobotka .... grip: additional photography (as Troy Sbotka)
Mike Stroman .... generator operator
Owen Taylor .... gaffer: additional photography
Max Torroba .... video playback operator
Tim Vedan .... rigging gaffer
Daniel Volonino .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, Monroe
Nick Watson .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Don Webber .... camera trainee
John Westerlaken .... key grip: additional photography
Darin Wong .... dolly grip
Darren Wong .... dolly grip: additional photography
 
Casting Department
Heike Brandstatter .... casting: Canada
Doreen Ferreira .... extras casting associate
Sandra-Ken Freeman .... extras casting
Coreen Mayrs .... casting: Canada
Caitlin McKenna-Wilkinson .... adr voice casting (as Caitlin McKenna)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tess Brummitt .... truck costumer
Rena Campbell .... assistant costume designer
Michelle Hunter .... costumes: additional photography
Lori Kenny .... assistant costume designer (as Lori Kenney)
Lisa Kohl .... assistant costumer: Monroe unit
Cali Newcomen .... costumer
Susan O'Hara .... costume set supervisor (as Susan Bloedorn)
Sandra Watson .... costume set supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Jill Allanson .... telecine assistant
Terra Bliss-Alvarez .... digital intermediate producer (as Terra Bliss)
Sarah Carefoot .... dailies colorist
Joseph Carson .... assistant editor: Los Angeles
Teresa Garber .... post-production executive
Jana Lynn Gold .... additional editor
Caroline Hardon .... assistant editor: Vancouver
Danya Joseph .... assistant editor: Los Angeles
Jack Lewars .... assistant color timer: Efilm
Richard Long .... assistant editor: additional photography
Kirk Moses .... assistant editor: Vancouver
Garette Ratliff Henson .... post-production assistant (as Garette Henson)
Christy Richmond .... assistant editor: Los Angeles
Amy Tompkins .... digital intermediate editor
 
Music Department
Daniel Brown .... musician: ethnic percussion
Kotzman Cenda .... music assistant engineer (as Cenda Kotsman)
Gary Chester .... music contractor
Kevin J. Edelman .... music supervisor
Michael Farrow .... scoring mixer
Charles Fernandez .... conductor: orchestra
Charles Fernandez .... orchestrator
Andrew Gowan .... music coordinator (as Andy Gowan)
Richard Hardy .... musician: solo flute and clarinet
Ron Hess .... additional orchestrations
Pavel Pranil .... concert master (as Pavel Prantl)
Joel J. Richard .... additional programmer
Brian Richards .... music editor
Geoff Robbins .... musician: drums and percussion
Adam Sanborne .... assistant to composer
Steve Schemerhorn .... music engineer
Mark Skillingberg .... assistant music editor
Michael Suby .... orchestrator
 
Transportation Department
Dave Ash .... driver: hair/makeup truck
Harley Ashwin .... driver: fuel truck
Thomas Dwyer .... driver: starwagon (as Tom Dwyer)
Steve Ellis .... transportation captain
Tom Evans .... driver: cable truck
Jim Forrest .... driver: electric truck
Ron Gadoury .... driver: set decorator
Charles Lee Howard .... driver: Monroe unit
Oscar Lucchetta .... driver: honeywagon (as Oscar Luccetta)
Joel McCarthy .... driver: Monroe unit
Jon McCarthy .... transportation coordinator: Monroe unit
Rick McLennan .... driver: electrics 40' truck, additional photography
Gaetan Morin .... driver: set decorator, additional photography
Ryan Moroz .... transportation captain
Red Murphy .... driver: cast
Chris Orton .... driver: grip truck
Rod Patten .... transportation coordinator
Mark Pawlitsky .... driver: cast
William Powell .... driver: Monroe unit
Erik Strandgaard .... driver: cast
Chad Urquhart .... driver: camera truck
Clint Wheeler .... driver: construction truck
 
Other crew
Kelly Alfaro .... catering assistant: Monroe unit
Paula Andrew .... caterer: Carmela's Ristorante, Monroe unit
Holly Atchison .... script supervisor: second unit
Tammy Baer .... stand-in
Alan Bartolic .... location scout
Betty Bennett .... script supervisor: Monroe unit
Dave Bennett .... completion bond
Leon Thomas Braun .... location production assistant (as Leon Braun)
Ken Brooker .... assistant location manager
Morris Chapdelaine .... stand-in (as Morris Chapdelain)
Samantha Crew .... stand-in
Gloria Davies .... unit publicist
Andrzej Dec-Williams .... location office production assistant (as Andrew Dec)
Ian Doig .... on-set wrangler: Creative Animal Talent
Mark Dumas .... animal trainer: Creative Animal Talent
Cathryn Eilertson .... assistant chef (as Catherine Eilertsen)
Jim Evans .... officer: Monroe Correctional Complex
Kathleen Feeney .... assistant: Ashton Kutcher (as Kate Feeney)
Shawn Flynn .... location production assistant
Patrick Glebe .... associate superintendent: Monroe Correctional Complex
Louisa Gradnitzer .... location manager
Carl Gruell .... production office assistant
In Kim Hoo .... assistant: AJ Dix & Anthony Rhulen (as Hoo In Kim)
Shannon Hudgens .... production assistant: Monroe unit
Natalie Kavanagh .... intern: FilmEngine
Jenny King .... craft service: Monroe unit
Jenny King .... first aid: Monroe unit
Leslie Knoll .... accounting clerk
Shelley Kreutz .... production assistant
Yale Kussin .... assistant production coordinator
Susan Lambie .... script supervisor
Katy Lew .... assistant: Lisa Richardson
Toby Lindala .... puppeteer
Grant Lutz .... production assistant
Erik Lydestad .... chef (as Eric Lyde-Srad)
Grace MacLeod .... on-set wrangler: Creative Animal Talent (as Grace McLeod)
Chris McFarlane .... production assistant
Nicole McKay .... extras wrangler
Julie Michaels .... production assistant: Monroe unit
Tyler Mitchell .... vice president of production
Eva Morgan .... production coordinator: additional photography
Tracey Motherwell .... security captain
Don Munro .... on-set tutor
Lenore Nemani .... location scout
Ian Petrie .... craft service
Ian Petrie .... first aid
Elysia Bliss Pyne .... production assistant
Bruce Ramsey .... officer: Monroe Correctional Complex
Ross Redhead .... assistant: Lisa Richardson
Joel J. Richard .... midi preparations
Matt Riley .... stand-in
Al Robertson .... extras craft service
Darren Robertson .... playback coordinator
Jennifer Roe Emery .... production coordinator
Paul Russell .... key location production assistant
Brian Spink .... assistant: Chris Bender
Suzi Stingl .... stand-in
Laura Summer .... additional voices
J. Amelia Taggart .... product placement coordinator (as Jodie Taggart)
Greg Trattner .... completion bond
Lee Tucker .... preview technical supervisor
Carol Urquhart .... assistant accountant
Debbie Van Dusen .... assistant accountant
Suzanne Michelle Violette .... catering assistant: Monroe unit
Beverly Wiens .... production accountant
Terence Chase .... security (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Carolyn Blackwood .... the film-makers wish to extend their personal thanks
Nicole Dix .... the film-makers wish to extend their personal thanks
Kristi Dyer .... the film-makers wish to extend their personal thanks
Rachel Flanagan .... the film-makers wish to extend their personal thanks (as Rachael Flanagan)
Charlie Gogolak .... the film-makers wish to extend their personal thanks
Amanda Moses .... in memory of
Craig Perry .... the film-makers wish to extend their personal thanks
Matthew C. Thompson .... the film-makers wish to extend their personal thanks
Jake Weiner .... the film-makers wish to extend their personal thanks
 

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Rated R for violence, sexual content, language and brief drug use
Runtime:
113 min | 120 min (director's cut)
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Austria:16 | Brazil:14 (re-rating on appeal) | Canada:18A (Alberta/Manitoba) | Canada:14A (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-15 | France:-12 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:PG-12 | Malaysia:18SG | Malaysia:U (cut version) | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG (edited for re-rating) | Singapore:NC-16 (original rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (No. 39664)

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Trivia:
During Evan's penultimate flashback (the one after which he wakes up in the mental hospital), there is a quick succession of shots with people making funny faces. One of the people appearing on several pictures is co-director Eric Bress.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Evan writes the note under the doctor's desk, he has just moved the box containing the home movies to the floor in front of him. After writing the note, he reaches forward and turns the projector on, but never sets it up.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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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

Does Evan's condition cause the nose bleeds and brain damage?
Is "The Butterfly Effect" based on a book?
Why didn't anything change the first time Evan went back to the past?
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103 out of 144 people found the following review useful.
A Much Better Movie Than You Would Suspect..., 21 November 2004
Author: hokeybutt from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT- THEATRICAL CUT (4 outta 5 stars)

THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT- DIRECTOR'S CUT (3+ outta 5 stars)

Now normally I tend to prefer movies that let the writer/director tell the story that they want to without having to water it down for mass consumption. In this case I have to say that the ending they they were forced to re-shoot for the theatrical release of this movie is a much more emotional, resonant and appropriate ending than the bleak, cold and grotesque finale they had originally planned. On the US DVDs you get the choice of which version to see (foreign editions only have the less compelling director's version)... so North American viewers can make up their own mind about which ending they prefer. I would suggest watching the theatrical cut first... and then check out the director's cut... which would you prefer to think of as the "real" ending?

As for the movie itself... don't be put off by the idea of Ashton Kutcher in the lead role. He does quite a good job in a serious part quite different from his usual TV persona. He plays a college student who, having been plagued by mental blackouts all his life, devotes himself to the study of human memory. Eventually he finds that by re-reading old journal entries he can will himself back in time to experience the events he had blacked out... and even CHANGE THEM using the knowledge that his older self possesses. Unfortunately one small change in the past causes some HUGE ramifications in his present day world. Can't say too much more about the plot without giving away the many fun surprises. Believable performances and a basic seriousness give the film an urgency that is sometimes missing in modern fantasy films of this type.

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