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The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  19 April 2013 (USA)
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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
Shannon Plumb ...
Tracey Agustin ...
Teller #1 - Bank #2


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:

$279,457 (USA) (29 March 2013)


$21,383,298 (USA) (21 June 2013)

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Did You Know?


In the opening track shot scene, several assistant directors actually appear on the fairground wearing Dr. Seuss hats. They were instructed to distract the extras into not looking at the camera and at a shirtless Ryan Gosling walking into the circus tent. The shot was conceived by cinematographer Sean Bobbitt who wanted to have it as a way to teach the audience watching the movie. See more »


While most of the money shown taken in the bank robberies were of the correct design for the time period (the first act was set in 1997), there is a scene in Avery's garage that shows a stack of stolen $20s. The bill on top is a redesigned $20 with the large head portrait, which was not introduced until 1998. See more »


AJ: Dad, I fucked up, and I know you don't have time to deal with this stuff right now...
Avery: Not him, OK?
AJ: What?
Avery: I want you to leave him alone, alright? OK?
AJ: Why?
Avery: [Avery slams AJ against the wall] Wipe that fuckin' smirk of your face! You hear me? I want you to leave that fuckin' kid alone, alright? Look at me. Look at me! You wanted to come live with me right? You think this is easy for me? During this time, huh? I'm trying to make this work. I'm doing it for you. You can have anything you want, but I ...
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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »


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Written by Messy Marv (as Marvin Watson)
Performed by Messy Marv
Courtesy of Empire Distribution, Inc.
By arrangement with Fine Gold Music
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An incredibly unique and compelling drama.
9 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Place Beyond The Pines tells a unique, compelling story in a way that I have never seen before. This movie kept me interested from start to finish. It is far from traditional storytelling. The story is split into three sections all very different from each other. I enjoyed each section of the movie almost equally, but the first hour of the movie is definitely the strongest. The movie may be slow to some, but I was invested in the story from start to finish. This is the best I've seen Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, no doubt. There are no bad performances but Cooper and Gosling's stand out the most. Dane Dehaan plays an important role and does a great job of it. Dehaan is definitely a rising star. The tone of this movie is incredible, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good drama. It is the best movie I have seen this year, and with the breakthrough performances throughout, this is a movie you're not going to want to miss.

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