The Butterfly Effect

January 23, 2004 0 By Fans
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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

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


Melora Walters


Amy Smart


Elden Henson


William Lee Scott


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


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


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

Gross: $96,060,858

Technical Specs



(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]

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.