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  • Actors: Ryan Gosling, David Morse, Clea DuVall, Kelly Lunch, Amy Adams
  • Directors: Alex Smith
  • Format: Dolby, PAL, Surround Sound
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Signature Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 April 2012
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,602 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Drive to Dream tells the story of high school senior Roy (Gosling) from a small Montana town where there isn't much to do except drink and play football. After being cut from the school football team Roy falls for local barmaid Skyla (Duvall) and starts playing in an unsanctioned six-man football league. He is recruited and coached by an out-of-towner, Gideon (Morse), who draws suspicion from the community and, later, from Roy. He begins to serve as a father figure to Roy, whose own dad recently committed suicide. But what role does such a figure play in the life of an eighteen-year-old? And are Gideon s intentions towards Roy actually noble?

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By David Gallagher on 10 April 2012
Format: DVD
For anyone wondering why this doesn't show up on Gosling's filmography on Wiki or IMDB, it's because this is the retitled version of an earlier film he made, unavaible till now in the UK, called The Slaughter Rule. It's been re-named presumably to cash in on the cult success of Drive which though a world class piece of cinema, bares no resemblance to this film at all.

Don't expect a sport film here despite the American Football setting - it's a relationship drama. Though a Gosling focused film he shares the screen with David Morse, one of the most undervalued actors in cinema. It's deep at times and doesn't give easy answers. I'd recommend a blind watch, as it is hard to review this film without giving away a few themes and points its perhaps better not to divulge.

If you are a fan of Gosling or Morse (and you SHOULD be, they're both world class) don't hesitate, just pick this up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tracey Leeson on 9 Feb. 2014
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The story of how an isolated teenager is befriended by a loner. The football provides a fitting backdrop to the development of their relationship. The film sucks you in and keeps you watching to the end.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Jun. 2013
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As a huge fan of Ryan Gosling, I picked up 'Drive To Dream' when I found a cheap copy, even though I didn't have that high of expectations as I read the DVD's blurb.

It's an early Ryan film (only his second!), and he's as natural as always, but you can certainly see the signs in his performance that he had the potential to go onto become a high profile actor. I actually still regard some of his early movies as his best, when he was cast as social misfits, 'Murder By Numbers' being my favourite, I personally think that these were the roles in which he excels at the most.

His character here, a young lad called Roy Chutney is one of those roles. The film, set in Montana, explores the relationship between a small-town high school football player with anger management issues (Ryan), and Gid Ferguson, his troubled coach (David Morse) who has a shady past. Roy had been dropped from the team after the state stops providing the funds, and Gid tries to regain his reputation by putting together an underground football team. When two interesting characters, portrayed by two first class actors get together on screen, you know you have something can't be all that bad, which it isn't.

'Drive To Dream' was originally made under the name of 'The Slaughter's Rule', and made available in the US in 2002. However, it was not released in the UK until this 2012 DVD release, and was no doubt re-titled to cash in on the huge success of the American action crime drama 'Drive', a far superior movie, but then again, it isn't fair to compare the two. For a small independent film, 'Drive To Dream' is a pretty good piece.

This film will not be for everyone.
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