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Baby Driver (2017)

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After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

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Edgar Wright

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ansel Elgort ... Baby
Jon Bernthal ... Griff
Jon Hamm ... Buddy
Eiza González ... Darling
Micah Howard ... Barista
Lily James ... Debora
Morgan Brown ... Street Preacher
Kevin Spacey ... Doc
Morse Diggs Morse Diggs ... Morse Diggs
CJ Jones ... Joseph
Sky Ferreira ... Baby's Mom
Lance Palmer ... Baby's Dad
Hudson Meek ... Young Baby
Viviana Chavez ... Diner Waitress
Hal Whiteside ... Cook
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Storyline

Baby is a young and partially hearing impaired getaway driver who can make any wild move while in motion with the right track playing. It's a critical talent he needs to survive his indentured servitude to the crime boss, Doc, who values his role in his meticulously planned robberies. However, just when Baby thinks he is finally free and clear to have his own life with his new girlfriend, Debora, Doc coerces him back for another job. Now saddled with a crew of thugs too violently unstable to keep to Doc's plans, Baby finds himself and everything he cares for in terrible danger. To survive and escape the coming maelstrom, it will take all of Baby's skill, wits and daring, but even on the best track, can he make it when life is forcing him to face the music? Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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This summer, the only way to get out is to getaway. See more »


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Rated R for violence and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baby Driver See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$34,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,553,320, 2 July 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$107,825,862

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$228,104,185
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Color | Black and White (some shots)

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

One of the film's technical consultants was Joe Loya, who served a seven year prison sentence for bank robbery in the early 90s. See more »

Goofs

During the post office robbery it is raining hard. When the getaway started, the sun was shining bright. However, the weather could have changed over time. See more »

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Doc: Bananas
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Crazy Credits

The "ding" in the opening Sony logo turns into the sound of Baby's tinnitus. See more »

Connections

Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Harlem Shuffle
(Earl Nelson, Bob Relf (as Robert Relf))
Performed by The Foundations
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Ltd
Under licence from BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd
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You make wrong things right
25 June 2017 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. If his movies are any indication, writer/director Edgar Wright would be fun to hang out with. He thrives on action and humor, and seems committed to making movies that are entertaining, rather than philosophical life statements. Many know his work from Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World's End), while others are fans of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. High concept, high energy and a creative use of music are identifiable traits within Mr. Wright's films, all of which are crucial to the success of his latest.

Ansel Elgort (excellent in The Fault in Our Stars) stars as Baby, a freakishly talented getaway driver paying off a debt to a no-nonsense crime boss Doc played by Kevin Spacey. Baby has an unusual movie affliction – a childhood accident killed his parents and left him with tinnitus. He compensates for the constant ringing in his ear by listening to music through ear buds attached to one of his many iPods (depending on his mood). In fact, his insistence on finding just the right song for the moment adds a colorful element to each escape route.

The film opens with what may be its best car chase scene and the hyper-kinetic approach sets the stage for something a bit different than what we usually see. There are no car drops from airplanes or train-jumping (I'm looking at you Fast and Furious franchise). Instead these are old school chases in the mode of Bullitt, or more precisely, Walter Hill's 1978 The Driver (Mr. Hill appears briefly here as a courtroom reporter). A heist-romance-chase film with a diverse and truly remarkable selection of songs, high energy, more than a few comedic moments (the Mike Myers mask sequence is brilliant) and a recurring Monsters, Inc quote requires a strong lead, and young Mr. Elgort aces the test. Baby is the DJ to his own life, and possesses a moral compass that others on his jobs can't comprehend. It's a heart of gold in a bad spot.

Spacey plays Doc with his chilling dead-eyed stare, and even has his own moment of action sporting an automatic weapon during a violent shootout. Spacey's various crime teams (he varies the pairings) include psycho-lovebirds Buddy (Jon Hamm in his continuing effort to distance from Don Draper) and Darling (Eiza Gonzalez), Jon Bernthal, Flea, and an aptly named Bats (Jamie Foxx), who is not the clearest thinker of the bunch. Other supporting work comes courtesy of the rarely seen songwriter/actor Paul Williams, musician Sky Ferreira (as Baby's beloved mother), young Brogan Hall as Doc's talented nephew, and CJ Jones as Baby's foster father. Mr. Jones is one of the few deaf movie actors and he adds much to Baby's life outside of crime.

The crucial role of Baby's love interest goes to the very talented and likable Lily James (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) as singing waitress Debora, who introduces him to Carla Thomas' "B-A-B-Y" song, while he plays "Debora" from T.Rex for her. She and Baby share the not overly ambitious life plan: "to head west in a car I can't afford and a plan I don't have". They are good together and that helps make up for the always cringe-inducing red flag of "one last job" prior to the lovers running away together.

Buried in the Miscellaneous Crew is Choreographer Ryan Heffington, who deserves at least some of the credit for the most unique and creative aspect of the presentation. This appears to be a movie fit to the music, rather than music fit to the movie. There are some astounding sequences where the drum/bass beats are right on cue with the action – gunfire, driving, and character movements. "Harlem Shuffle" plays as Baby playfully dances past graffiti and sidewalk obstacles that perfectly match the beat and lyrics. We see what is likely the best ever movie use of "Bellbottoms", and without question, the most creatively brilliant use of "Hocus Pocus" by Focus. At times exhilarating to the senses, the infusion of comedy shots and new love help offset the tension of crime jobs and the thrill of the chase.


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