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The daring new movie from the director of Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond The Pines is a sweeping emotional drama powerfully exploring the unbreakable bond between fathers and sons.

Luke (Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling) is a high-wire motorcycle stunt performer who travels with the carnival from town to town. While passing through Schenectady in upstate New York, he tries to reconnect with a former lover, Romina (Eva Mendes), only to learn that she has given birth to their son Jason in his absence. Luke decides to give up life on the road to try and provide for his newfound family by taking a job as a car mechanic. Noticing Luke’s ambition and talents, his employer Robin (Ben Mendelsohn) proposes to partner with Luke in a string of spectacular bank robberies – which will place Luke on the radar of ambitious rookie cop Avery Cross (Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper).

Avery, who has to navigate a local police department ruled by the menacing and corrupt detective Deluca (Ray Liotta), is also struggling to balance his professional life with his family life, which includes his wife Jennifer (Rose Byrne) and their infant son AJ. The consequences of Avery's confrontation with Luke will reverberate into the next generation. It is then that the two sons, Jason (Dane DeHaan) and AJ (Emory Cohen), must face their fateful, shared legacy.

Luke - Ryan Gosling

Avery - Bradley Cooper

Romina - Eva Mendes

Deluca - Ray Liotta

Jennifer - Rose Byrne

Kofi - Mahershala Ali

Jason - Dane DeHaan

AJ - Emory Cohen

Robin - Ben Mendelsohn

Director; Screenplay; Story - Derek Cianfrance

Screenplay; Story - Ben Coccio

Screenplay - Darius Marder

Producer - Jamie Patricof

Producer - Lynette Howell

Producer - Alex Orlovsky

Producer - Sidney Kimmel

Executive Producer - Jim Tauber

Executive Producer - Matt Berenson

Director of Photography - Sean Bobbitt, BSC

Editor - Jim Helton

Editor - Ron Patane

Production Designer - Inbal Weinberg

Costume Designer - Erin Benach

Music - Mike Patton

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About the Film

The daring new movie from the director of Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond The Pines is a sweeping emotional drama powerfully exploring the unbreakable bond between fathers and sons.

Luke (Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling) is a high-wire motorcycle stunt performer who travels with the carnival from town to town. While passing through Schenectady in upstate New York, he tries to reconnect with a former lover, Romina (Eva Mendes), only to learn that she has given birth to their son Jason in his absence. Luke decides to give up life on the road to try and provide for his newfound family by taking a job as a car mechanic. Noticing Luke’s ambition and talents, his employer Robin (Ben Mendelsohn) proposes to partner with Luke in a string of spectacular bank robberies – which will place Luke on the radar of ambitious rookie cop Avery Cross (Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper).

Avery, who has to navigate a local police department ruled by the menacing and corrupt detective Deluca (Ray Liotta), is also struggling to balance his professional life with his family life, which includes his wife Jennifer (Rose Byrne) and their infant son AJ. The consequences of Avery's confrontation with Luke will reverberate into the next generation. It is then that the two sons, Jason (Dane DeHaan) and AJ (Emory Cohen), must face their fateful, shared legacy.

  • Ryan Gosling
    Luke
  • Bradley Cooper
    Avery
  • Eva Mendes
    Romina
  • Ray Liotta
    Deluca
  • Rose Byrne
    Jennifer
  • Mahershala Ali
    Kofi
  • Dane DeHaan
    Jason
  • Emory Cohen
    AJ
  • Ben Mendelsohn
    Robin
  • Derek Cianfrance
    Director; Screenplay; Story
  • Ben Coccio
    Screenplay; Story
  • Darius Marder
    Screenplay
  • Jamie Patricof
    Producer
  • Lynette Howell
    Producer
  • Alex Orlovsky
    Producer
  • Sidney Kimmel
    Producer
  • Jim Tauber
    Executive Producer
  • Matt Berenson
    Executive Producer
  • Sean Bobbitt, BSC
    Director of Photography
  • Jim Helton
    Editor
  • Ron Patane
    Editor
  • Inbal Weinberg
    Production Designer
  • Erin Benach
    Costume Designer
  • Mike Patton
    Music