The Butterfly Effect
Butterflyeffect poster
Theatrical release poster
Release Date Jan. 23, 2004
Running Time 114 minutes

120 minutes (Director's cut)

Directed by Eric Bress

J. Mackye Gruber

Producer(s) Anthony Rhulen

Chris Bender
Ashton Kutcher
J.C. Spink
A.J. Dix

Written by Eric Bress

J. Mackye Gruber

Starring Ashton Kutcher

John Patrick Amedori
Amy Smart
Elden Henson
William Lee Scott
Eric Stoltz
Ethan Suplee
Logan Lerman
Melora Walters

Music by Michael Suby
Edited by Peter Amundson
Production Company FilmEngine


Distributed by New Line Cinema
Language English
Country United States
Budget $13 million
Box Office $96 million
Sequels The Butterfly Effect 2
The Butterfly Effect is a 2004 psychological thriller film that was directed and written by Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber. It stars Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart. The title refers to the "butterfly effect," a popular hypothetical example of chaos theory which illustrates how small initial changes in the past may lead to large unforeseen consequences over time. The film won the Pegasus Audience Award at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. It was nominated for Best Science Fiction Film at the Saturn Awards and Choice Movie: Thriller in the Teen Choice Awards.


The Time Travelers Edit

The character Evan Treborn (played by Ashton Kutcher, John Patrick Amedori, and Logan Lerman) travels back in time by reading an entry in a journal or watching a home movie. His father, Jason Treborn (played by Callum Keith Rennie), also has this ability and tries to talk Evan out of trying to change the past.

Photo Time Traveler Played by
Evan Treborn Evan Treborn Ashton Kutcher (shown)

John Patrick Amedori

Logan Lerman

Jason Treborn Jason Treborn Callum Keith Rennie

Tropes Edit

  • Fixing the past
  • Genetics

Time Travel TheoriesEdit

Time DiagramEdit

Popular CultureEdit


  1. Life is Strange Wikia: References

Trailers Edit

File:The Butterfly Effect

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