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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Van Hook ...
Angelo Anthony Pizza ...
Baby Jason (as Anthony Angelo Pizza Jr.)
John Facci ...
Priest (as Rev. John Facci)
Tula ...
Robin's Dog
Penny ...
Robin's Dog
Cynthia Pelletier-Sullivan ...
Teller #1 - Bank #1
Mackenzie Trainor ...
Teller #2 - Bank #1
Nicole Califano ...
Teller #3 - Bank #1
Lady in Ice Cream Shop
Tracey Agustin ...


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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One moment can change your life.


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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Release Date:

19 April 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El lugar donde todo termina  »

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Box Office


$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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When Luke (Ryan Gosling) and Robin (Ben Mendelsohn) prepare for their first robbery, Luke says, "Not since Hall & Oates has there been such a team." Later, as Avery (Bradley Cooper), Scott (Gabe Fazio) and Deluca (Ray Liotta) drive to Romina's (Eva Mendes') house to investigate, the Hall & Oates song "Maneater" is playing. In the French translation, Luke speaks about "Starsky and Hutch" instead of Hall & Oates, who are not well known in France. 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 »


Romina: [Talking to Luke] You're never going to see him again.
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References The Goonies (1985) See more »


Written by Martin Rev/ Alan Vega
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Courtesy of Blast First and Mute Records, Ltd.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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An extraordinary movie that pulls the rug from under you
19 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

You might call Derek Cianfrance's tremendous new movie "A Place Beyond the Pines" a blue-collar epic or a tragedy in three acts; it's certainly a drama in three acts. It runs for two hours and twenty minutes and it covers a period of about 17 years and there are really only about four major characters. To talk at all about the films storyline would be to spoil what is really an extraordinary narrative where even the coincidences of the third act seem to me to have resonance of great drama and it is magnificently played by its four principal actors.

Ryan Gosling, continuing to cement his reputation as the finest young actor of his generation, is Luke, an outlaw anti-hero worthy to stand beside any played by Dean or Newman. Bradley Cooper, so much more now that the light comedian of The Hangover movies, is Avery, the idealistic young rookie cop who finds the consequences of a single act of violence leads him down paths he previously may only have dreamed of and relative newcomers Dane DeHaan and Emory Cohen are sons in desperate need of a father's love and guidance.

This is bold and innovative film-making from Cianfrance with a strong emphasis on plot development. It plays out like a great page-turner of a novel but is in fact an original screenplay. After "Blue Valentine" this marks Cianfrance out as a major big league player.

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