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Donnie Darko (2001) – A Tribute to “Time”

The most prominent character on the poster is the film’s most symbolic element, Frank the Rabbit.

"Frank the Rabbit" = 187 (Francis Bacon)

The primary plot thread of the film Donnie Darko is about time travel. The word time has Satanic gematria of 187. This is the Reverse value of Donnie Darko, which sums to 61 in Reduction.

"Time" = 187 (Satanic)

Donnie Darko = 187 and 61 Reverse

"Time" = 61 (Reverse Ordinal)

In the film, Donnie begins dating a girl named Gretchen Ross.

"Donnie" = 61 (English Ordinal)

"Gretchen Ross" = 61 (Full Reduction)

The main theme of the film is a cover of a Tears For Fears song, Mad World. The movie also contains a two-and-a-half minute musical scene featuring another Tears For Fears song, Head Over Heels, which ends with the line “time flies”.

"Tears For Fears" = 61 (Full Reduction)
This band is awesome

Time / 119 Code

In Hebrew, Time sums to 97.

Time = 97 Hebrew

The film stars both Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

"Gyllenhaal" = 97 (English Ordinal)

97 is the 25th Prime number

Time and Rabbit both = 25 and 47

Jake Gyllenhaal was born 47 months before his on-screen girlfriend, Jena Malone:

The 47th Prime number is 211

"Dr. Kenneth Monnitoff" = 211 (English Ordinal)

Donnie asks his science teacher, Dr. Kenneth Monnitoff, if he believes in time travel. Monnitoff gives Donnie a book called The Philosophy of Time Travel.

"The Philosophy of Time Travel" = 119 (Reverse Reduction)

The book was written by Roberta Sparrow.

"Sparrow" = 911 (English Extended)

"The Philosophy of Time Travel - Roberta Sparrow" = 1016 (Franc Baconis)

Towards the end of the film, Donnie and Gretchen attempt to visit Roberta Sparrow’s home, only to find two bullies named Seth and Ricky there, burglarizing it.

"Seth and Ricky" = 1190 (English Extended)

The Yiddish word for time sums to 119 in Hebrew gematria. The letters are worth 9-10-10-90.

"טיַיצ" = 119 (Hebrew Gematria)

Donnie Darko‘s Sundance debut was on January 19th, written 1/19.

The film begins on October 2nd, 1988, a date with Primary numerology of 119:(10) + (2) + (19) + (88) = 119

The date October 2nd is also separated from September 11th, or 11/9, by 11 months, 9 days:

Early on in the film, Donnie Darko encounters a man in a scary rabbit costume while sleepwalking. The man warns him that the world will end in 28 days. This warning begins at 9:11 of the film’s Director’s Cut (h/t Out of the Maze):

"Donnie Darko & Frank the Rabbit" = 119 (Full Reduction)


148 Code / Gretchen Ross

The date that falls 28 days before 9/11 is August 14th, written 14/8:

On the date of the film’s initial debut at Sundance Film Festival, Gyllenhaal was exactly 1048 weeks old:

Jake plays a character named Donnie, who lives in the town of Middlesex.

"Donnie" = 148 (Jewish)

"Middlesex" = 148 (Reverse Ordinal)

He encounters a man wearing a rabbit costume while sleepwalking. The film’s climax takes place on Halloween.

"Rabbit Costume" = 148 (English Ordinal)

"Halloween" = 148 (Reverse Ordinal)

In Sumerian gematria, any Ordinal value of 148 becomes 888. For decades, it was taught that Saturn was an average of 888 million miles from the Sun (until I started teaching numerology). Saturn is the keeper of time.

"Saturn" = 558 (English Sumerian)

The 558 value of Saturn is found in the Jewish gematria of Donnie’s girlfriend, Gretchen Ross.

"Gretchen Ross" = 558 (Jewish)

In that Jewish cipher, Saturn sums to 511. This is the Ordinal value of The Philosophy of Time Travel – Roberta Sparrow.

"The Philosophy of Time Travel - Roberta Sparrow" = 511 (English Ordinal)

"Saturn" = 511 (Jewish)

Jena Malone, who played Gretchen Ross, was a span of 16 years, 60 days old on the date of the film’s debut:

"The Philosophy of Time Travel - Roberta Sparrow" = 1660 (Primes)


During the film, Donnie reaches into his medicine cabinet, revealing a pill bottle and its prescription details:

Both dates on the bottle show 7/24. The date July 24th falls a span of 1 month, 19 days before 9/11:

This also means the film’s 1/19 premiere fell a span of 7 months, 24 days (or 236 days) before 9/11:

"Prescription bottle" = 236 (English Ordinal)


Frank the Rabbit

In Ordinal, The Philosophy of Time Travel sums to 322.

"The Philosophy of Time Travel" = 322 (English Ordinal)

The actor who plays Frank the Rabbit is James Duval, who was born exactly 3022 days before Jake Gyllenhaal:

Recall it was Roberta Sparrow who wrote the book.

Roberta and Sparrow both = 110

Duval was born on a date with Primary numerology of 110, showing another connection between Donnie Darko and the Rabbit:
(9) + (10) + (19) + (72) = 110

"Donnie Darko" = 110 (English Ordinal)

"Rabbit" = 110 (Reverse Ordinal)

Because Duval was born in a leap year, his date of birth was the 254th day of the year. The 254th day in non-leap years is September 11th:

The words time and light both sum to 254 in English.

Time and Light both = 254 English Extended

"Jake Gyllenhaal" = 254 (Reverse Ordinal)

Gyllenhaal’s birthday also falls 99 months, 9 days after Duval’s for an upside-down 666.

"Donnie & Frank" = 666 (English Sumerian)

"The Philosophy of Time Travel" = 1197 (Satanic)"Six six six" = 1197 (Jewish)


88 Code

Time travel sums to 44 in Reduction. This is the Ordinal value of the tool we use to tell time, a clock.

"Time travel" = 44 (Full Reduction)

"Clock" = 44 (English Ordinal)

The main character’s initials are D.D., like the number 44.

"DD" = 8 (English Ordinal)

44×2 = 8888 is the universal symbol for the passage of time. Recall how the DeLorean must travel 88 mph to achieve time travel in Back To The Future:

Donnie Darko takes place in the year ’88. The film’s titular character is played by Jake Gyllenhaal.

"Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal" = 88 (Full Reduction)

His girlfriend Gretchen is played by Jena Malone. Adding her name to Jake’s also sums to 88.

"Jake Gyllenhaal & Jena Malone" = 88 (Full Reduction)

Frank’s warning tells Donnie he has 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, 12 seconds until the world ends. 28+6+42+12 = 88.


In Reverse, The Philosophy of Time Travel sums to 353. This is the English gematria of Donnie Darko.

"The Philosophy of Time Travel" = 353 (Reverse Ordinal)

"Donnie Darko" = 353 (English Extended)

"The Philosophy of Time Travel - Roberta Sparrow" = 3553 (Jewish)

353 is the 71st Prime number

"Seventy-one" = 144 (English Ordinal)

"Time" = 144 (Jewish)

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