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.
A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
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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
Ryan Gosling suggested Ben Mendelsohn for the role of Robin because of his role in the trucking film Prime Mover. Derek Cianfrance had only seen him in Animal Kingdom. See more »
The beginning of the film takes place in the 1990s. The General Electric sign is shown with red and blue lights. During this time, however, white lights were the usual color of the General Electric sign. Since September 11, 2001, the lights have been red and blue for the majority of the year. See more »
[Robin sees Jason holding Luke's old glasses]
Why don't you put the glasses on?
For sure! He would have said they were left there for you. No doubt. Put them on if you want. Go on. Put em' on.
C'mon, I'll tell you.
[Jason puts them on and Robin smiles]
Yeah! You're callin' him back!
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It's been a while since I felt the need to vent my frustration with movie but the time has come. Never has a movie that started out so well, ended so miserably. While basically a 3 act play, the brilliant first and second acts grabbed the viewer with its tight plot and brilliant acting. I actually turned to my girlfriend half way through the film and gave myself a pat on the back for choosing a film that pleased us both. Inexplicably the third act was a dragged out meandering mess. It's as if the director had no idea how to end it and just hoped that the pieces would somehow come together. They did not. After the 2 hour mark I just wanted the damn thing to end. The contrived third act and ending was laughable. It did not have to be this way. Shame on those responsible for destroying this movie's incredible potential.
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