The Butterfly Effect

January 23rd, 2004

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The Butterfly Effect

Still of Melora Walters and Logan Lerman in The Butterfly EffectStill of Ashton Kutcher and Ethan Suplee in The Butterfly EffectMelora Walters and Amy Smart at event of The Butterfly EffectStill of Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart in The Butterfly EffectStill of Ashton Kutcher in The Butterfly EffectMatthew F. Leonetti, Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber in The Butterfly Effect

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.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 7.7/10 (162,625 voted)

Critic's Score: 30/100

Director: Eric Bress

Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Melora Walters

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!

Writers: J. Mackye Gruber, Eric Bress

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

Taglines: Verändere die Zukunft, durch die Vergangenheit (Change the future, through the past.)


Official Website: New Line Cinema |

Release Date: 23 January 2004

Filming Locations: Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $17,065,227 (USA) (25 January 2004) (2605 Screens)

Gross: $96,060,858 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (director's cut)

Did You Know?

The scene where Evan has no arms was achieved by using two shots: one with an empty bed, and one with Ashton Kutcher lying in the bed with green gloves on his hands (which were erased later). Both shots had identical camera movements. For most films, this would be achieved by using machine-controlled cameras, which can replicate the exact same movement for multiple takes. However, since this film was fairly low-budget, the filmmakers were not able to afford this kind of equipment and the two identical shots were achieved by manually moving the camera while using a stopwatch for reference. Any small changes in the two shots were fixed digitally in post-production.

Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Kayleigh, Tommy, Evan and Lenny are putting the block buster in the mailbox, Evan puts the cigarette on the block buster and says it should last Lenny 2 minutes, but his mouth says 10 minutes.

[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.

User Review

A Real Tripped Out Roller Coaster

Rating: 8/10

Man... Whew... Wow! I'm at a loss of words to describe this high octane, tantalizing, brain-stimulating movie. The acting: excellent. The plot: superb. The story: great. The drama/suspense: mind numbing.

How the writers were able to put this story together so flawlessly, I don't know, and how the director was able to actualize it, even more amazing. There was plenty of visual stimuli as well as mental stimuli as you waited to see the outcome of each alteration made by the main character, Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher).

The movie kept me guessing and kept me at the edge of my seat, and the writers outdid themselves by making sure the movie didn't peter out with some lame ending. The ending was icing on the cake and it capped what should be a classic.

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