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A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.


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A mysterious man who has multiple jobs as a garage mechanic, a Hollywood stuntman and a getaway driver seems to be trying to escape his shady past as he falls for his neighbor - whose husband is in prison and who's looking after her child alone. Meanwhile, his garage mechanic boss is trying to set up a race team using gangland money, which implicates our driver as he is to be used as the race team's main driver. Our hero gets more than he bargained for when he meets the man who is married to the woman he loves. Written by shin

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal bloody violence, language and some nudity. | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 September 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Драйв  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,340,461 (USA) (16 September 2011)


$35,054,909 (USA) (3 February 2012)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In an interview for this film, Ryan Gosling stated that 'He always wanted to act out a superhero role, but the good ones were taken.' hence using the Driver character as a sort of Superhero, giving him the Scorpion jacket as a costume. Later, Gosling would go to deny the role of Batman in Batman V Superman, on an account of his 'no-sequel' rule, but is to (supposedly) act in a Blade Runner sequel in 2017. See more »


In the initial scene when Driver is waiting for the two robbers to return, a crew member can be seen walking in the driver side mirror of the Chevy impala. See more »


[first lines]
Driver: [on phone] There's a hundred-thousand streets in this city. You don't need to know the route. You give me a time and a place, I give you a five minute window. Anything happens in that five minutes and I'm yours. No matter what. Anything happens a minute either side of that and you're on your own. Do you understand?
Driver: Good. And you won't be able to reach me on this phone again.
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Featured in MythBusters: Dangerous Driving (2015) See more »


Tick of the Clock
Written by Johnny Jewel
Performed by Chromatics (as The Chromatics)
Courtesy of Italians Do It Better Records
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User Reviews

A Tense and Often Beautiful Masterpiece.
19 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You might hear one comparing this to a Tarantino film, but leave all worries at the door, this is an absorbing and tremendously unique piece of cinema from Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn. The reason it works so exquisitely well is because the film grabs hold of you and takes you inside this often dark and dream-like LA setting. So, when the end of the film hits, you feel apart of this film, and it's there to stay.

This film also offers a Ryan Gosling like you've never seen him, speaking only when necessary, with tension and fury in his eyes. He's silent, caring, and ridiculously tough. Every line is delivered perfectly and every gesture is natural.

I saw this at the LA Film Festival on a mammoth screen with booming speakers. The music only makes this film more unique. It is catchy and synchronized perfectly with the TRULY beautiful cinematography.

This film is the BEST of its genre. I honestly cannot compare it to any other film, for it is truly that different. "Drive" is already the best of the year, because I'm POSITIVE no other film will haunt and invade me quite like this film has. This is not just a classic for its genre, but a beautiful and bold classic in general.

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