Drive (2011)

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Drive Release Date
September 16, 2011
Drive Synopsis
Drive is the highly anticipated feature from director Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Valhalla Rising) adapted from the cult James Sallis' novel of the same name by Academy Award® Nominee Hossein Amini (Wings of The Dove).

Filmed in and around Los Angeles, the crime drama stars Academy Award Nominees Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine, The Notebook) and Carey Mulligan (An Education, Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps) alongside Golden Globe Winner Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy), Emmy Nominee Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Oscar Isaac (Body of Lies, Robin Hood) and Academy Award Nominee Albert Brooks (Taxi Driver, Broadcast News).

Drive is the story of a Hollywood stunt driver by day (Ryan Gosling), a loner by nature, who moonlights as a top-notch getaway driver-for-hire in the criminal underworld. He finds himself a target for some of LA's most dangerous men after agreeing to aid the husband of his beautiful neighbor, Irene (Carey Mulligan). When the job goes dangerously awry, the only way he can keep Irene and her son alive is to do what he does best - Drive!
Drive Credits
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, Bryan Cranston, and Albert Brooks
Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn
Produced by: Michel Litvak, John Palermo, Marc Platt, Gigi Pritzker, Adam Siegel
Length: 95 min
MPAA Rating: [ R ]
Distributor: FilmDistrict
Release Date:  September 16, 2011
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by David Wharton April 27, 2012 discussion comments
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by Kristy Puchko January 31, 2012 discussion comments
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by Eric Eisenberg December 23, 2011 discussion comments
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by Katey Rich December 13, 2011 discussion comments
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by David Wharton December 12, 2011 discussion comments
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by Eric Eisenberg October 12, 2011 discussion comments
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by Katey Rich October 10, 2011 discussion comments
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by Katey Rich September 8, 2011 discussion comments
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by Kelly West September 7, 2011 discussion comments
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by Sean O'Connell September 4, 2011 discussion comments
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by Kelly West September 2, 2011 discussion comments
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by Eric Eisenberg August 12, 2011 discussion comments
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by Eric Eisenberg August 12, 2011 discussion comments
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by Katey Rich July 21, 2011 discussion comments
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by Perri Nemiroff February 10, 2010 discussion comments
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