Drive (2011)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 40 mins

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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.
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Did you know? During filming, Carey Mulligan got pulled over by a cop when driving Nicolas Winding Refn home over the speed limit. Her excuse was having too many cans of Red Bull. Read More
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as Shannon
as Irene
as Driver
as Bernie Rose
as Stripper
as Waiter
as Blanche
as Cook
as Tan Suit
as Hitman #2
as Assistant Director #1
as Standard
as Nino
as Doc
as Young Woman
as Waitress



Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director


Sound Designer
Sound Effects Editor
Sound Mixer
Sound Re-recording Mixer


Production Designer
Art Director


Casting Director

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer


Makeup and Hair

Makeup Artist
Hair Stylist

Special Effects

Special Effects Coordinator


Stunt Coordinator
Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Some Heroes Are Real
There Are No Clean Getaways
Get in. Get out. Get away.
Audio/Video Mismatch
When The Driver opens the door for the robbers at the beginning of the movie, you can hear the car make a beeping noise. This "key in ignition" noise only plays when the driver's door is open, to prevent locking the keys in the car.

Audio/Video Mismatch
During the initial chase Driver realizes they have been spotted on the bridge by the police helicopter. He immediately puts his foot down and the engine sound suggest fast acceleration. However, the distance to the other cars in front hardly changes in the following scenes, if at all.

Audio/Video Mismatch
During the chase scene after the pawn shop heist, Driver maneuvers his Mustang 5.0L backwards down a canyon highway. Although the Ford Mustang only has one reverse gear, the engine sounds played suggest the shifting of gears for a manual transmission.

The Impala shifts up thorough eight gears in the chase .

Character Error
A television shows the Los Angeles Clippers playing the Toronto Raptors in the opening scene. Later, while Driver waits in his car, the radio announcer calls the score of an NBA game between the Boston Celtics at 77 points and the Los Angeles Clippers at 72 points. Moments later, after announcing the Celtics scored, the radio announcer states the score is still Celtics 77, Clippers 72.

When Drive and Irene are in the diner, the ketchup bottle on the table has the "back of the bottle label" on both sides.

When Bernie visits Shannon's garage to see his newly acquired stock car, Nino criticizes Bernie for making the purchase and expresses his preference for a 1955 Ford Thunderbird. When the scene cuts to a conversation between Bernie and Driver, the Ford Thunderbird is no longer seen in the garage.

During the car chase after the pawn shop robbery they drive towards a silver Ford Focus which honks its horn. When they pass the car it turns out to be a blue Toyota Corolla.

Crew/Equipment Visible
At 44:38 into the movie and during the chase after the pawn shop robbery, the camera cuts to a shot of the girl in the back seat showing the chase car being flipped in slow motion. Just to her left shoulder on the rear interior deck of the car is the Iconix HD camera that is used to photograph some of the case scene.

Crew/Equipment Visible
The camera reflection is seen on a dolly move where the Driver sees Irene with Benicio outside the Grocery Store and gives them a ride home.

Factual Mistake
Driver is told "Chevy Impala, most popular car in the state of California." The most popular car in California is the Toyota Camry. The Impala barely makes the top 10.

Factual Mistake
When Driver steals the Mustang off the street he gains access without using a key. He would have needed a properly cut and coded transponder key to start the car.

Factual Mistake
When Driver crashes into Nino's car and pushes him off the cliff, the car at the top of the cliff has all front end lights working. There is no chance the lights would have survived such an impact.
Ryan Gosling replaced Hugh Jackman.

Driver references the fable of The Scorpion and the Frog: the frog agrees to carry the scorpion across the river; the scorpion stings the frog, saying "it's my nature" and both drown. Driver can be seen as The Frog of the story - he drives/carries criminals (scorpions) around in his car, but is inevitably dragged into their destructive world (stung) leading to everybody's downfall. Driver's jacket has a scorpion on the back, just as the frog carried the scorpion on its back.

The Driver and Irene actually say very little to each other, primarily because Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan felt that their scenes should be more focused on the mood and refused to say many of the scripted lines. Mulligan summarized making the film as "staring longingly at Ryan Gosling for hours each day."

In preparation for his role, Ryan Gosling restored the 1973 Chevy Malibu that his character uses in the film.

Bryan Cranston revealed in a 2012 interview that he ad-libbed many of his scenes in the film.

Albert Brooks was in character when he met Nicolas Winding Refn, pinning him against a wall and speaking in a threatening manner. Brooks shaved his eyebrows for his role to make his character more emotionless.

Bryan Cranston had previously guest starred in a 1998 episode of "The X-Files" called "Drive." That was his first collaboration with screenwriter Vince Gilligan who, impressed by his performance as a sympathetic villain in the episode, would later cast him as Walter White on Breaking Bad (2008) which ultimately lead to him being cast in Drive.

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.

The opening credits song "Nightcall" by Kavinsky, was suggested by editor Mat Newman. The song was also used in The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), which "Drive" costume designer Erin Benach and actor "Bryan Cranston" also worked on.

Ron Perlman won the role of Nino after explaining to Nicolas Winding Refn that he wanted to play "a Jewish man who wants to be an Italian gangster because that's what [he is], a Jewish boy from N.Y.".

Despite the elaborate and realistic images of Los Angeles, Nicolas Winding Refn has no knowledge of the city. Refn spent most of his time with Ryan Gosling to get to know the city.

During filming, Carey Mulligan got pulled over by a cop when driving Nicolas Winding Refn home over the speed limit. Her excuse was having too many cans of Red Bull.