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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.

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Donnie Darko
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Eddie Darko
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Elizabeth Darko
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Samantha Darko
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Rose Darko
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Frank
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Dr. Fisher
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Jim Cunningham
Mark Hoffman ...
Police Officer
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Bob Garland
Tom Tangen ...
Man in Red Jogging Suit
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Joanie James
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Cherita Chen
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Ronald Fisher
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Sean Smith
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Seth Devlin
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Kitty Farmer
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Gretchen Ross
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Ricky Danforth
David Moreland ...
Principal Cole
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Prof. Kenneth Monnitoff
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Karen Pomeroy
Kristina Malota ...
Susie Bates
Marina Malota Darling ...
Emily Bates (as Marina Malota)
Carly Naples ...
Suzy Bailey
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Beth Farmer
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Roberta Sparrow / Grandma Death
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Dr. Lilian Thurman
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Linda Connie
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Shanda Riesman
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Larry Riesman
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Leroy
Phyllis Lyons ...
Anne Fisher
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Kim, Dorky Girl
Alison Jones ...
Dorky Half-Sister
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Lanky Kid
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Mystery Woman
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Friend
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Passenger
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David
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Flight Attendant (uncredited)
Christie McNew ...
Student (uncredited)
Margaret Kontra Palmer ...
Concerned Mother (uncredited)
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Movie Ticket Salesman (uncredited)
Jack Truman ...
Teacher (uncredited)

Directed by

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Richard Kelly

Written by

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Richard Kelly ... (written by)

Produced by

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Christopher Ball ... executive producer (as Chris J. Ball)
Drew Barrymore ... executive producer
Adam Fields ... producer
Thomas Hayslip ... line producer (as Tom Hayslip)
Nancy Juvonen ... producer
Casey La Scala ... executive producer
Hunt Lowry ... executive producer
Sean McKittrick ... producer
Aaron Ryder ... executive producer
William Tyrer ... executive producer

Music by

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Michael Andrews

Cinematography by

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Steven Poster ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Sam Bauer
Eric Strand

Editorial Department

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Ngozi Akbar ... assistant editor
Allen Barnwell ... post-production assistant
Mark Eggenweiler ... assistant editor
Kevin Greutert ... first assistant editor (director's cut)
Jim Passon ... color timer
Robert W. Sterrett III ... post-production assistant
Greg Thompson ... assistant editor
Lisa Valenzuela ... post-production assistant
Chris Regan ... color timer (uncredited)

Casting By

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Joseph Middleton
Michelle Morris ... (as Michelle Morris Gertz)

Production Design by

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Alec Hammond ... (as Alexander Hammond)

Set Decoration by

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Jennie Harris

Costume Design by

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April Ferry

Makeup Department

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Merribelle Anderson ... hair stylist / second hair stylist
Lynn Barber ... makeup department head
Dorinda Carey ... assistant makeup artist
Leslie Devlin ... assistant makeup artist
Kathleen Freeman ... assistant makeup artist (as Kathleen Freeman-Smith)
Kim Greene ... makeup artist: Drew Barrymore (as Kimberly Greene)
Isabel Harkins ... assistant makeup department head
Cammy R. Langer ... hair stylist (as Cammy Langer)
Lori McCoy-Bell ... hair department head
Barbara Olvera ... hair stylist: Drew Barrymore
Thomas E. Surprenant ... special makeup effects artist (as Thomas Surprenant)
Dale Brady ... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Rob Burman ... sculptor (uncredited)

Production Management

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Betsy Mackey ... unit production manager
Nancy Kirhoffer ... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Cynthia Nicolella ... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Kim Percival ... production supervisor (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Richard L. Fox ... first assistant director
Heather Grierson ... second assistant director
Casey Mako ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Denise Anderson ... assistant property master
Mark Anderson ... property master
Bryan Belair ... construction coordinator (as Brian Belair)
Michelle R. Belair ... propmaker (as Michelle Belair)
Andrew Berentis ... propmaker
Jonathan Bernardi ... propmaker
Richard Bloom ... art department coordinator
Christopher Cuneo ... propmaker
Gregory Diggins ... propmaker (as Greg Diggins)
Dino Doane ... propmaker
Tim Durrell ... propmaker
Patrick Foyle ... propmaker
Andrew Garcia-Price ... storyboard artist
Thomas Gibson ... painter
Gregg Hager ... propmaker
Ted Harms ... propmaker foreman / propmaker (as Ted Harms Jr.)
Russel Harvey ... painter (as Russell Harvey)
Jeff Higinbotham ... set dresser
Tim Jackson ... construction foreman (as Timothy Jackson)
Jay Kelly ... graphic artist
Roger Knight ... swing gang
Terry Lasko ... propmaker
Christian E. Lemer ... propmaker (as Christian Lemer)
Julia K. Levine ... set designer (as Julia Levine)
Jamie Maheu ... set dresser (as Jamie Mehue)
Mark Mastropietro ... propmaker
Augustine Mendez Jr. ... labor foreman
Michael Mikita ... paint foreman
Missy Parker ... buyer
Alejandro Poli ... propmaker (as Poli Alejandro)
Mike Reiber ... painter
Christopher Schultz ... on-set dresser
Ed Sher ... painter
Bart Sullivan ... swing gang
Edward Tamayo ... set dresser (as Ed Tamayo)
J.R. Vasquez ... lead man
Scott Vollmer ... propmaker

Sound Department

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Matthew C. Beville ... adr mixer (as Matt Beville)
Chad Blinman ... adr recordist
Jeff K. Brunello ... background sound editor / sound effects editor
Patrick Cusack ... assistant sound editor: director's cut
Andrea Danek ... assistant sound editor: director's cut re-release
Chris David ... re-recording mixer / sound re-recording mixer: director's cut
Fred Drury ... additional boom operator (as Fredrick Drury)
David Esparza ... sound designer: director's cut / supervising sound editor: director's cut
Bob Fisher ... boom operator
Shawn Kennelly ... foley mixer
Coleman Metts ... production sound mixer
Chuck Michael ... re-recording mixer
Nancy Nugent ... foley editor: director's cut (as Nancy Kyong Nugent)
Michael Payne ... additional sound design: director's cut / sound designer
Scott Reed ... sound general manager
Terry Rodman ... sound re-recording mixer: director's cut
Victoria Rose Sampson ... adr editor / dialogue editor / dialogue editor: director's cut / supervising sound editor
Dan Scolnik ... foley editor
Nancy Tracy ... adr editor / dialogue editor
Eric Justen ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Andy Peach ... sound re-recording mixer: M&E (uncredited)
Aaron Rihel ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Edward M. Steidele ... foley artist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Lorraine Fadden ... special effects crew
Scott Garcia ... special effects crew
Robbie Knott ... special effects coordinator
Daniel Yates ... special effects crew (as Dale Yates)

Visual Effects by

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David Alexander ... compositor: Amalgamated Pixels
R. Christopher Biggs ... senior compositor: Amalgamated Pixels
Culley Bunker ... compositor: Amalgamated Pixels (as Culley M. Bunker)
D. Walt Cameron ... compositor: Amalgamated Pixels
Kelly Carlton ... additional visual effects / visual effects supervisor (director's cut)
Dennis Fitzsimmons ... compositor: Amalgamated Pixels
Derry Frost ... head of production: Amalgamated Pixels
Marcus Keys ... visual effects supervisor
Ken Locsmandi ... senior animator: Amalgamated Pixels
Joe Mangione ... senior animator: Amalgamated Pixels
Michael Morreale ... digital supervisor: Amalgamated Pixels (as Michael J. Morreale)
Jeremy Oddo ... senior animator: Amalgamated Pixels
Phillip Palousek ... digital coordinator: Amalgamated Pixels
Chad Royer ... senior compositor: Amalgamated Pixels
Paul Scott ... digital producer: Amalgamated Pixels
Gregory S. Scribner ... compositor: Amalgamated Pixels
Teod Tomlinson ... senior animator: Amalgamated Pixels
Christopher Dusendschon ... digital imaging: THDX (uncredited)
Steven Emmert ... optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)

Stunts

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Robin Lynn Bonaccorsi ... stunts (as Robin Bonaccorsi)
Dan Bradley ... stunts
Mickey Giacomazzi ... stunt coordinator
Sean Graham ... stunts
Jeanna Marie Phillips ... stunts (as Jeanna Phillips)
Hugh Aodh O'Brien ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Waide R. Allen ... electrician (as Waide Allen)
Phil Aubrey ... grip
Klint Betz ... best boy rigger
Chris Byers ... grip
Pierre Cane ... electrician
Keith Chadwick ... grip
David Chameides ... steadicam operator (as Dave Chameides)
Jim Chase ... grip
Kevin Cook ... grip
Briewen Corry ... grip (as Bri Cory)
Richard Crudo ... camera operator
Mike Curtis ... electrician
Richard Epps ... grip
Jim Favazzo ... crane operator: Technocrane (as James Favazzo)
Steve Franklin ... grip
Steve Gainer ... camera operator
Coby Garfield ... second assistant camera
Dale Gladish ... grip
Bernie Horn-Bostel ... best boy grip
Joel Jaspan ... grip
John Keefer ... grip
Andy Kessler ... camera loader
Lorna Leslie ... camera loader
Dan Lynch ... grip
Michael Stewart Maahs ... grip (as Michael Maahs)
Brian McPherson ... crane operator: Technocrane
David L. Merrill ... key grip (as Dave Merrill)
Ronald A. Miller ... key rigging grip
Dick Montagne ... camera operator
Mark Morton ... best boy electric
Derek Page ... electrician
Travis Panarisi ... electrician
Norman Parker ... first assistant camera
Larry Pausback ... grip
Lex Rawlins ... first assistant camera
Dee Austin Robertson ... camera intern
Dale Robinette ... still photographer
Brian Rosso ... grip
Michael Scott ... camera operator
Bing Sokolsky ... camera operator (as Bing Socolsky)
Larissa Supplitt ... second assistant camera
Victor Svimonoff ... best boy electric
Fritz Weber ... grip
Spencer Wilcox ... grip
Dustin Woods ... grip
Ignacio Woolfolk ... grip
William D. Wynn ... dolly grip (as William Wynn)
Jeff Zucker ... gaffer
Steve Gainer ... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Dena Berman ... casting assistant
Debe Waisman ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Donna Berwick ... assistant costume designer
Naillon Joan Cass ... costumer (as Joan Naillon Cass)
David Ferry ... costumer
Nisa Kellner ... costumer
Joseph Markham ... costume supervisor (as Joe Markham)

Location Management

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John Steven Agoglia ... location manager (as John Agoglia)
Evan Peller ... assistant location manager
Chris Baugh ... assistant location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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Jennifer Barak ... music editor
Gerard Bauer ... music consultant (director's cut) (as Ged Bauer)
Todd Burke ... score mixer / score recordist
Shannon Erbe ... music editor
Steve Genewick ... assistant music engineer
Manish Raval ... music supervisor
Tom Wolfe ... music supervisor

Transportation Department

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Lyle Atkins ... driver: water truck
Michael Ballew ... driver (as Mike Ballew)
Curtis Clark ... driver
Lynda Dedmon ... driver: bus
Jennifer Duclos ... driver
Audrey Fitzgerald ... driver
Dennis Germain ... driver
Frank Graves ... driver
Geno Hart ... transportation coordinator
Kirk Huston ... transportation captain
Jackson Iblings ... driver: bus
Roger Ickes ... driver
Alfie Jensen ... driver
Billy Kane ... driver (as Bill Kane)
Knut Kielpinski ... driver
Steve Larson ... transportation dispatcher
Rocco Mann ... driver: van
Harry Marks ... picture car captain
Steve Maytum ... driver: bus
Anthony J. Mignano ... driver (as Anthony Mignano)
Joe Moreno ... driver
Lee Nashold ... driver: camera car (as Byron Lee Nashold Jr.)
Bill Needham ... driver
Kenny Nunn ... driver
Dennis O'Connell ... driver: honeywagon
John Pellegrino ... transportation co-captain
Michael 'Bud' Ruben ... driver (as Bud Ruben)
Michael Ryan ... driver
Andrew Saris ... driver: water truck
John Scott ... driver: water truck
Carlo Solano ... driver
Chris Waldoch ... driver (as Chris Waldock)
Hardy Ophuls ... picture car coordinator (uncredited)
Adam Pinkstaff ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Rebecca Asher ... script supervisor (as Rebecca E. Asher)
Eyal Axelrod ... assistant: Mr. Lowry
Josephine Batorski ... studio teacher
Chris Baugh ... set production assistant
Sean Bayat ... set production assistant
Jenni Calcare ... set production assistant
Kelly Carlton ... title designer: main titles
Antoine Doxey ... office production assistant
Darrel Drinkard ... technical support: Avid
Cate Engel ... assistant: Ms. Juvonen
Marjorie Ergas ... clearance (as Marj Ergas)
Jane Evelyn ... production secretary
John Fox ... assistant: Mr. La Scala
Jeff Fuller ... set production assistant (as Jeff 'Bones' Fuller)
Becky Gelbart ... set production assistant
Danielle Gordon ... office production assistant
William Gulliver ... assistant: Mr. Fields
Wes Hall ... stand-in
Jennifer Hamilton ... assistant choreographer
Michael Hansen ... unit publicist
Leslie Hewitt ... assistant accountant (as Leslie Plumlee)
Mike Hoy ... assistant to director and producer
Jason Inman ... medic
Roy G. Irwin ... medic (as Roy Irwin)
Jeff Jenofsky ... production assistant
Keith Jones ... key set production assistant
Anne Marie Jowell ... medic
Matthew Katz-Frost ... set production assistant (as Matthew Katz)
John H. Kelleher ... assistant: Mr. Lowry (as John Kelleher)
Mark Kelly ... set production assistant
Kyle Klein ... assistant: Ms. Juvonen
Asha MacLeod ... set production assistant (as Asha Macleod)
Hugo Maldonado ... assistant chef
Jeanna Marie Phillips ... stand-in (as Jeanna Phillips)
Linda McDonough ... clearance
Eddie Michaels ... unit publicist
Crystal Montiel ... craft service / set production assistant
Jordan Otis ... set production assistant
Kim Percival ... production coordinator
Caoline Petterson ... set production assistant
Marguerite Pomerhn Derricks ... choreographer (as Marguerite Pomerhn-Derricks)
Heather Ray ... set production assistant
Alicia Richards ... medic
Cloy Richards ... production accountant
Genaro Rodriguez ... chef
Felipe Rodriquez ... chef
Anthony Santiago ... technical support: Avid
Margaret L. Schlaifer ... studio teacher (as Margaret Schlaifer)
Jon Shingler ... office production assistant
Rene Louise Smith ... set production assistant
Sam Sullivan ... set production assistant
Cindy Taylor-Arp ... set production assistant (as Cindy Taylor)
Michael Thomsen ... assistant: Mr. Fields
Rhonda Wheelan ... craft service
Tyler Atkinson ... digital distribution (uncredited)
Chris Beal ... assistant to production coordinator (uncredited)
Justin Cook ... 2017 re-release publicity (uncredited)
Aileen Kiernan ... production assistant (uncredited)
Chris Miller ... personal assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Christina Applegate ... special thanks
Danny Elfman ... special thanks
M.C. Escher ... special thanks
Naomi Foner ... special thanks (as Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal)
Stephen Gyllenhaal ... special thanks
Aimee Mann ... special thanks
Moby ... special thanks
Jonathan Mostow ... special thanks
Eli Roth ... special thanks
Tony Scott ... special thanks
Kevin Smith ... special thanks
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Donnie Darko doesn't get along too well with his family, his teachers, and his classmates; but he does manage to find a sympathetic friend in Gretchen, who agrees to date him. He has a compassionate psychiatrist, who discovers hypnosis is the means to unlock hidden secrets. His other companion may not be a true ally. Donnie has a friend named Frank, a large bunny which only Donnie can see. When an engine falls off a plane and destroys his bedroom, Donnie is not there. Both the event, and Donnie's escape, seem to have been caused by supernatural events. Donnie's mental illness, if such it is, may never allow him to find out for sure. Written by J. Spurlin

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Taglines Life is one long insane trip. Some people just have better directions. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut (United States)
  • Donnie Darko: Fürchte die Dunkelheit (Germany)
  • Donnie Darko - Karanlik yolculuk (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Дони Дарко (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Doni Darko (Serbia)
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Runtime
  • 113 min
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Box Office

Budget $4,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $24,728, 06 Jun 2004

Did You Know?

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Trivia At the wrap party for the film, Seth Rogen and Jake Gyllenhaal agreed that they had no idea what the movie was about. See more »
Goofs The name of the high school is "Middlesex," which would obviously be abbreviated "MHS" for Middlesex High School. Immediately before Donnie's time travel conversation with his teacher, we see the top of the entrance of the school. There is a stone cross there with the letters "IHS". However, "IHS" is catholic acronym from Greek name of Jesus (Ihsous) and is commonly placed on the crosses. This letters aren't supposed to be acronym for the name of the school. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Jake Gyllenhaal Challenges the Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize (2010). See more »
Soundtracks The Killing Moon See more »
Crazy Credits "Proud to Be Loud" Performed by The Dead Green Mummies -- this song is actually performed by the band Pantera. (The Dead Green Mummies do not exist.) Pantera has all but disowned their first four albums, this song is track 5 on the fourth of those albums, "Power Metal." The band presumably did not want to be credited with the song (as they don't consider any of their pre-1990 material part of their discography) and made up the name The Dead Green Mummies. See more »
Quotes Donnie: Why are you wearing that stupid bunny suit?
Frank: Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?
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