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The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

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A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.

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Derek Cianfrance

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Gosling ... Luke
Craig Van Hook Craig Van Hook ... Jack
Eva Mendes ... Romina
Olga Merediz ... Malena
Angelo Anthony Pizza Angelo Anthony Pizza ... Baby Jason (as Anthony Angelo Pizza Jr.)
Mahershala Ali ... Kofi
John Facci John Facci ... Priest (as Rev. John Facci)
Ben Mendelsohn ... Robin
Tula Tula ... Robin's Dog
Penny Penny ... Robin's Dog
Cynthia Pelletier-Sullivan Cynthia Pelletier-Sullivan ... Teller #1 - Bank #1
Mackenzie Trainor Mackenzie Trainor ... Teller #2 - Bank #1
Nicole Califano Nicole Califano ... Teller #3 - Bank #1
Shannon Plumb ... Lady in Ice Cream Shop
Tracey Agustin Tracey Agustin ... Teller #1 - Bank #2
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Storyline

A mysterious and mythical motorcycle racer, Luke, (Ryan Gosling) drives out of a traveling carnival globe of death and whizzes through the backstreets of Schenectady, New York, desperately trying to connect with a former lover, Romina, (Eva Mendes) who recently and secretly gave birth to the stunt rider's son. In an attempt to provide for his new family, Luke quits the carnival life and commits a series of bank robberies aided by his superior riding ability. The stakes rise as Luke is put on a collision course with an ambitious police officer, Avery Cross, (Bradley Cooper) looking to quickly move up the ranks in a police department riddled with corruption. The sweeping drama unfolds over fifteen years as the sins of the past haunt the present days lives of two high school boys wrestling with the legacy they've inherited. The only refuge is found in the place beyond the pines. Written by StudioCanal

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Taglines:

One moment can change your life.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, some violence, teen drug and alcohol use, and a sexual reference | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 April 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Place Beyond the Pines See more »

Filming Locations:

Glenville, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$279,457, 31 March 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,383,298, 23 June 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ryan Gosling suggested Ben Mendelsohn for the role of Robin because of his role in Prime Mover (2009). Derek Cianfrance had only seen him in Animal Kingdom (2010). See more »

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When Cross leaves the police station after putting the cash back in the evidence box, he sees the chief standing by the cruiser talking to Deluca. A modern 2011 Hyundai Sonata in Limited trim with Turbo drives in the background. This would not have been available in the time the scene takes place (circa 1990, with the last arc of the film taking place in present day). See more »

Quotes

Robin: [Passes Jason a newspaper clipping and points to a photo] That guy's your Dad. That's him there.
[Robin points to another photo]
Robin: And that's the pig there, the one that pegged him.
Jason: What happened to him?
Robin: Who, the cop? Forget about him man. Don't start there, I'll show you good things. I'll show you good things...
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Don't Go Please Stay
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A story of trashy criminals and dirty cops evolving into one about fathers and sons and life
14 April 2013 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

What he have here is a story about fathers and their sons. In fact, three separate stories - each one leads into the next. A lesser movie would have just told one story, but "The Place Beyond the Pines" is larger in scope and needs all three parts to tell the complete story. A life is not just about your life but those you affect and those you leave behind for years to come.

The first father is Luke (Ryan Gosling) who didn't know he had a son until a girl whose name he happens to remember shows up with a one year- old son. Prior to that moment he was a daredevil with no ambitions, no money, and no care for his life. Now he's a father. A father with no money nor job. Wearing a dirty, inside-out, torn t-shirt and tattoos covering his arms, neck and face, he is the epitome of trash. But you know, the quiet, reserved, soulful, good-looking trash. And now that he's a father, he's going to care for his son however he can. He hooks up with his partner in crime, literally - Robin (Ben Mendelsohn). Together they are like a Hall & Oates version of Bonnie and Clyde.

In Schenectady, New York - the place beyond the pines - the only thing dirtier than the trashy criminals are the cops themselves. And then the second father is introduced. The character of Avery (Bradley Cooper) is carefully crafted into what should be the greatest human being on planet Earth. And he's a cop. And he's a father. And he's a son to a father who might have been but probably wasn't the greatest human being on planet Earth.

The film went for editing and filming styles to echo the characters' situations and actions. You can guess what that would look like when Gosling is racing through the forest on his motorcycle. But as we approach the more expansive ending, there are some beautiful shots of the trees lining Schenectady's countryside roads. That works particularly well with Cooper giving a remarkable performance of Avery constantly coming to grips with his life.

The final act tells a story very different from, but completely connected to, the two that came before it. It could have been tightened up a bit, but "The Place Beyond the Pines" isn't telling a quick story. It's telling the story of multiple lives, of death, family, love, honour and obedience. Employing overall themes of revenge, ambition, and what it means to be a father, and a son. I say it succeeds in its larger scope, even if it doesn't just tell a story the way one would want it to.


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