The Place Beyond the Pines

The Place Beyond the Pines

DVD - 2013
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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.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2013]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (141 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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This ambitious movie which starts out being about a motorcycle stunt driver turned to a life of crime to provide for his son takes a turn about a third of the way through and then another in the last third of the film. It's almost like watching three linked movies, much like linked short stories.... Read More »


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philipmarinello
Apr 30, 2018

Absolutely phenomenal film! A tense and touching story about fathers and sons and the legacies that are left behind as the consequences of their decisions. Everyone in this film is doing peak work. The structure is atypical but it completely fits the story it’s telling and is executed wonderfully. Highly recommended!

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greatflicks
Apr 21, 2018

I kept asking my girl friend as we watched the movie, is this any good? and she would answer not sure yet but so far a bit stinky. First Ryan really did his character justice. A low life that can do only one thing good and that is ride a motorcycle very well. The rest of his life is one bad decision after another a real looser. He fits my thoughts that people with a lot of dumb disorganized tattoos make dumb decisions in life and are mentally off balance. Kind of guy who would own a pit bull dog. The move was disorganized from begging to the end and at the end we both agreed can't rate over a two star and wish we had not watched it.

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pafoster49
Mar 02, 2018

One of the worst movies I've suffered through. Don't waste your time. Lame, ridiculously patched together storyline, and acting not much better. Too bad, because it is a pretty good cast of actors and they deserved better.

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GREYCORE1701
Mar 21, 2017

Boring and drawn out wouldn't recommend wasting your time

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voisjoe1_0
Dec 15, 2016

The first half is 5 stars. I felt that the director missed opportunities in the second half because he did not completely convey the horrible situation of the police officer. Maybe he was pressed by the producers to shorten the already long film.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 13, 2016

If you saw the trailer for this 2012 films, it really only gave you half the film. It's an interesting/frustrating movie in that is feels like 2 movies crammed into one 140 minute movie. In the first act, a carnival stunt bike rider (Ryan Gosling) learns he has a son with his ex-girlfriend (Eva Mendes) and decides to stick around town, but then begins robbing banks with his partner (Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn). Act 2 switches the focus to a local rookie cop (Bradley Cooper) who encounters corruption in the department, and the final act, set years later, deals with the cop's and the crook's sons. Director Derek Cianfrance also worked with Gosling on "Blue Valentine" and I admire his ambition, but the film is uneven and overlong. The performances are solid, even if Gosling is not terribly convincing, despite his cheap tattoos, ratty hair, and Metallica shirts, as a low class thief. Cooper is less convincing, but, then again, he kind of always is, while Mendelsohn is great, but, then again, he always is. Ray Liotta, Rose Bryne, and Bruce Greenwood co-star and Mike Patton (Faith No More) did the music. Despite its flaws, it's a strong film that tries to do more with the usual crime and domestic drama themes. The title refers to Schenectady, where the film is set. It has some similarities to "Out of the Furnace" and "Mystic River.'

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Davidf05
Aug 08, 2016

Ryan Gosling's Greatest Movie Performance of His Career So Far.

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firefly5
Jul 17, 2016

I did not like this movie.

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marx_bro
Sep 12, 2015

Unexpected plot line. Carney stunt biker turned bank robber is killed by a cop who feels guilt and "identifies" with the robber's family. Eventually their similarly-age sons encounter one-another and the stinky-stuff hits the fan. Actually a pretty sad flick.

C20T11 Aug 09, 2015

Excellent Movie.!
You won't be Disappointed.!

Put it in & Press Play.!!!

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aaa5756 Mar 12, 2014

“Respectability is the punishment of the wild.”-Margaret Mitchell

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jimg2000
Mar 06, 2014

Avery: [Avery just received his medal and is giving a speech] When I was in law school, we used to always talk about justice. We'd have discussions about justice. But that's just what they were, discussions . I joined the police force because I wanted to work alongside the brave men and women who know that some problems can't be solved by talking. And no one wants to be in the situation that I found myself in a couple of weeks ago. I certainly wished it turned out differently. I'm not gonna lie, sometimes I have a wish that sometimes it wasn't me who was called upon that house that day. But that's the job. And I can't think of another line of work I'd rather be in. Thank you.

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jimg2000
Mar 06, 2014

Bill Killcullen: You know something, Luke? If you ride like lightning, you’re gonna crash like thunder. ---- Luke: Not since Hall and Oates has there been such a team.

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Monolith
Jan 17, 2014

Robin (to Luke): "If you ride like lightning, you're going to crash like thunder."

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