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Drive (2011)

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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 in this action drama.

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Hossein Amini (screenplay), James Sallis (book)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 80 wins & 177 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Gosling ... Driver
Carey Mulligan ... Irene
Bryan Cranston ... Shannon
Albert Brooks ... Bernie Rose
Oscar Isaac ... Standard
Christina Hendricks ... Blanche
Ron Perlman ... Nino
Kaden Leos Kaden Leos ... Benicio
Jeff Wolfe ... Tan Suit
James Biberi ... Cook
Russ Tamblyn ... Doc
Joe Bucaro III ... Chauffeur (as Joey Bucaro)
Tiara Parker ... Young Woman
Tim Trella ... Hitman #1
Jimmy Hart ... Hitman #2

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Storyline

This action drama follows 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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There Are No Clean Getaways See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Despite the driving storyline, director Nicolas Winding Refn does not have any interest in cars. He doesn't hold a driving license and has failed his driving test 8 times. See more »

Goofs

During the initial chase scene, Driver takes off his watch and straps it to the steering wheel in the Impala. When parking in the stadium, he rushes out of the car, but later when he drives his own car the watch is back on his wrist. See more »

Quotes

[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?
[pause]
Driver: Good. And you won't be able to reach me on this phone again.
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Alternate Versions

The preview version of the movie has slightly different dialogue in the telephone conversation between Bernie Rose and Driver preceding the meeting at the Great Wall restaurant. Regular theatrical cut Driver: [to Bernie] You know the story about the scorpion and the frog? Your friend Nino didn't make it across the river. Preview version Bernie Rose: Where's Nino? Driver: He's Gone. The reference to the story about the scorpion and the frog was left out of the preview version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2011 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Back in Toon
Written by Craig Riley
With permission by S.I. Publishing (Socan)
Courtesy of Sounddogs.com Music Licensing
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Film Noir meets Hammer Hardened Hero Maker meets Gangster Heavy Metal
19 June 2011 | by doncrawSee all my reviews

Ryan Gosling brings down the hammer on that line where logic reason and self preservation become secondary to protecting what is important to you. There are a few moments where he doesn't just cross that line but obliterates it completely.

Beautifully crafted pounding action thriller with twisted humor and seriously hard core violence. Compelling tenderness from characters that are unsophisticated in the best sense of the word.

This film will go down as one of the best Action films in decades. Car chases that rival and extend beyond Bullitt and French Connection. Violence that bursts out of the screen like a horror film or a bad dream by David Cronenberg. Passing moments of tenderness that are drawn out until you are slowly pulled into the emotional world of the protagonists.

Something so powerful, especially when it works, is the use of sharp and dramatic Camera Angles in Drive that mirror the emotional moment of the story drawing you into the characters world.

View and angles often extremely low angled and tilted sharply upward, effective at expanding the feeling of voyeurism of being at the dinner table or in the adjacent seat, right in the room with the characters while safely looking up from some shadow or nook or cranny. Very emotionally transcendent cinematography.

Night footage was amazingly successful at capturing the range of light and shadows, on a technical level the audio and video were strong and assured. Not only the first robbery but all the way through the film right up to the final resolution of the plot, the night was a familiar environment for major turns in the story (pun intended).

I will return hopefully soon to expand on this review, but I had to write something tonight because this film is ten times more badass than any Transporter or Fast and Furious fare that is usually sold in their all too obvious packaging.

Drive leaves them all in the Dust.

This filmed was viewed on the Big Screen at the LAFILMFEST screening June 17th 2011


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Release Date:

16 September 2011 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,340,461, 18 September 2011

Gross USA:

$35,061,555

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,976,666
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