The Town

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Overview

Boston bank robber Doug MacRay Ben Affleck falls for a woman his gang had previously taken hostage after feigning a chance meeting with her to ensure that she can't identify them in Affleck's adaptation of author Chuck Hogan's novel Prince of Thieves. The son of a tough Charlestown, MA thief, Doug passed on his chance to walk the straight and narrow in favor of becoming a career bank robber. Not only is Doug's crew one of the most ruthless in Boston, but they're also one of the best; they never leave a trace of ...
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Overview

Boston bank robber Doug MacRay Ben Affleck falls for a woman his gang had previously taken hostage after feigning a chance meeting with her to ensure that she can't identify them in Affleck's adaptation of author Chuck Hogan's novel Prince of Thieves. The son of a tough Charlestown, MA thief, Doug passed on his chance to walk the straight and narrow in favor of becoming a career bank robber. Not only is Doug's crew one of the most ruthless in Boston, but they're also one of the best; they never leave a trace of evidence, and always make a clean break. Over the years, Doug's fearless partners in crime have become something of a surrogate family to him; Jem Jeremy Renner, the most dangerous of the bunch, is the closest thing Doug has ever had to a brother. But a divide begins to open between the two career criminals when Jem takes bank manager Claire Keesey Rebecca Hall hostage during a particularly tense heist, and the group subsequently discovers that she hails from their own tight-knit suburb. When Jem proposes that the gang make an effort to find out just how much Claire recalls about the crime, Doug fears that his volatile partner may do more harm than good and volunteers himself for the job. Later, Doug turns on the charm while pretending to bump into Claire by chance, and becomes convinced that she doesn't suspect him of being the same man who just robbed her bank. As the feds turn up the heat on the gang, Doug finds himself falling for Claire, and searching desperately for a means of cutting his ties to his criminal past. But with each passing day, Jem grows increasingly suspicious of Doug's true motivations. Now caught between two worlds with no chance of turning back, Doug realizes that his only hope for finding a happy future is to betray the only family he's ever known.
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Special Features

The Real People of the Town - Meet The Real People of Charlestown; ; Ben Affleck: Director & Actor Profiles the Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Director/co-writer Ben Affleck delivers a satisfying blend of heist thrills and human drama in The Town, a tightly scripted adaptation of author Chuck Hogan's novel Prince of Thieves. Far from original yet confidently executed, Affleck's sophomore outing as a director shows that he has a good eye for action and character detail, two factors that help to keep The Town fresh even when it starts feeling overly familiar. It's easy to get caught on the film's ingenious hook a bank robber discovers that a former hostage lives in his neighborhood, and befriends her in order to ensure she can't identify his gang, and the more screenwriters Affleck, Peter Craig, and Aaron Stockard reel us in, the clearer the film's theme about taking control of your own fate becomes. Yet despite the deeper subtext, it's the action that serves as the bait to draw us in, and once we bite on the opening scene, there's no letting go. In Charlestown, MA, bank robbery is a family business. Doug MacRay Affleck grew up there, and inherited the tools of the trade from his father, Stephen Chris Cooper, a former thief serving a handful of consecutive life sentences for the slaying of two armored truck drivers. Unlike his father, Doug doesn't have a taste for violence, and prefers to leave the rough stuff to his volatile best friend and partner in crime, Jem Jeremy Renner, who's quick with a pistol whip and twitchy on the trigger. When someone hits the alarm during their latest robbery, Jem takes bank manager Claire Keesey Rebecca Hall hostage, only freeing her once the gang has made a clean getaway. But when Jem checks her driver's license and realizes she lives just a few blocks away, he tells the gang that he's going to stalk her to see what she knows. Fearing that Jem's true intentions may be more insidious than precautionary, Doug volunteers for the job and quickly becomes romantically involved with Claire. Meanwhile, crafty FBI S.A. Adam Frawley Jon Hamm is given evidence that implicates one of Doug and Jem's colleagues in the recent robbery, and he starts to build a case against them. When a subsequent robbery goes awry and Ben announces that he's quitting the life, local heavy Fergus "Fergie" Colm Pete Postlethwaite forces him to take part in the ultimate heist -- a daring daytime robbery of Fenway Park. The Town fits snugly into the tradition of heist films featuring a sympathetic protagonist who seems to have fallen into his trade by fate rather than choice and is constantly searching for a way out. Caught between the grim reality of his situation and his optimistic hope for starting a new life, Affleck's working-class thug serves as an effective emotional access point for the viewer thanks to the fact that he operates by a strict albeit criminal code of ethics. And while his may be the most identifiable character in the film, Renner's and Hamm's remain the most compelling -- the former offering a carefully textured performance of a criminal who allowed his environment to shape his personality, and the latter portraying a lawman whose unnerving frankness and underhanded techniques have no doubt served him well over the course of his career. Hall handles the role of a trusting soul betrayed with the skill of a seasoned veteran, and Postlethwaite might just be the most menacing florist ever to befoul the big screen. Given his background in front of the camera, it comes as no surprise that Affleck is able to coax some convincing and impressive performances from his talented cast. The real revelation here is his ability to handle action; not only do his heist scenes display a particular talent for timing and tension, but a claustrophobic chase scene through the back alleys of Boston is more informed by a controlled 1970s aesthetic than the current trend toward camera flailing, and the approach helps to give the film a more timeless, classic feel than many of its flashy counterparts. Affleck deploys subtle character cues, such a as a timely cut to Renner after a telling line, and cleverly mirrors the robber's brutal techniques with those of the FBI during a chaotic raid in a way that keeps the story moving forward while simultaneously deepening the themes. As crime dramas go, The Town is a solid take on a tried-and-true genre with sly touches of dark humor that offer a satisfying sense of levity. Though it isn't the type of film that's likely to spark any major cinematic trends, it has all the familiar ingredients blended together in a way that gives its strengths more impact than its minor shortcomings, resulting in a genuine crowd pleaser.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/17/2010
  • UPC: 883929106288
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:05:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,029

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Affleck Doug MacRay
Rebecca Hall Claire Keesey
Jon Hamm FBI S.A. Adam Frawley
Jeremy Renner James Coughlin
Blake Lively Krista Coughlin
Slaine Albert "Gloansy" Magloan
Owen Burke Desmond Elden
Titus Welliver Dino Ciampa
Pete Postlethwaite Fergus "Fergie" Colm
Chris Cooper Stephen MacRay
Dennis McLaughlin Rusty
Corena Chase Agent Quinlan
Brian Scannell Henry
Kerri Dunbar Henry's Girl
Tony V. Vericom Crew Chief
Isaac Bordoy Alex Colazzo
Michael Yebba Beacon G.I. Joe Driver
Daniel Woods BPD Sergeant at Krista's Accident
Jimmy Joe Maher Inside Man at Fenway
Mark Berglund Young Security Guard
Ralph Boutwell Cashcom Guard
Michael Romig Cashcom Guard
Michael Malvesti Atlantic Truck Courier
Jack Neary Arnold Washton
Edward O'Keefe Morton Previt
Joe Lawler Task Force Agent Conlan
Ben Hanson FBI SWAT Team Leader
Brian A. White FBI SWAT #1
Richard Caines FBI SWAT #2
Frank Garvin Police Captain
Danny Ring Cop Giving Statement
Gary Galone Internal Affairs Officer at Fenway
David Catanzaro Fenway Detective
Jeremiah Kissel Claire's Lawyer
Malik McMullen Plain Clothed FBI Agent
Charles C. Winchester III Gate D Police Officer
Adam J. Husband Gate D Police Officer
Susan Rawlinson NA Speaker
Sean Locke NA Speaker
Peter Looney NA Speaker
Lennin Pena Colazzo's Friend
James McKittrick Cop Who Looks Away
Ted Arcidi Cedar Junction C.O.
Bryan Connolly Cedar Junction C.O. Visitors Area
Quan Liang Chen Monument Laundry Owner
Alex Winston Police Photographer
Michael F. Murphy Michael Houlihan
Michele Cressinger Margie
Kimberly Mahoney Warren Tavern Waitress
Bobby Curcuro Man in Harvard Square
Ginaya Green Krista's Friend
Nicole Page Krista's Friend
Georgia Lyman Neptune's Waitress
Robert Boyden Vericom Empoyee
Jamie Ghazarian Dancer at Foxy Lady
Technical Credits
Ben Affleck Director, Screenwriter
Marleen Alter Makeup
Peter Borck Art Director
David Buckley Score Composer
Chay Carter Co-producer
Peter Craig Screenwriter
David Crockett Executive Producer
Robert Elswit Cinematographer
William Fay Executive Producer
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Allen Hall Special Effects Supervisor
Basil Iwanyk Producer
Jon Jashni Executive Producer
Lora Kennedy Casting
Graham King Producer
Susan Matheson Costumes/Costume Designer
Donald Murphy Asst. Director
David Schwartz Sound Mixer
Sharon Seymour Production Designer
Aaron Stockard Screenwriter
Dylan Tichenor Editor
Thomas Tull Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Town
1. Scene 1 [10:13]
2. Scene 2 [7:36]
3. Scene 3 [11:28]
4. Scene 4 [9:25]
5. Scene 5 [11:56]
6. Scene 6 [7:57]
7. Scene 7 [2:43]
8. Scene 8 [7:42]
9. Scene 9 [8:23]
10. Scene 10 [10:36]
11. Scene 11 [9:49]
12. Scene 12 [10:43]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Town
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      The Real People Of The Town
      Ben Affleck: Director & Actor
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English
         Français
         Español
      Subtitles
         English (For The Hearing Impaired)
         Français
         Español
         Subtitles: Off
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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    Action Packed and Funny

    Special features were great.

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  • Posted January 24, 2012

    Great movie!

    I loved the tension in this gritty movie about crime. Ben Affleck and, especially, Jeremy Renner are terrific. Jon Hamm makes an interesting supporting character. Last, I loved seeing Rebecca Hall; I thought she was great in Frost/Nixon.

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    Posted February 27, 2011

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    A Decent Shoot-Em-Up!

    This was without a doubt the best action film Ben Affleck has done since Pearl Harbor. However, there was too much shooting and the script had somewhat poor editing, resulting in some irregularities in the plot. Pearl Harbor was much the same way. Both films had too much action and not enough plot to make them a sensible story. Ben Affleck was a great actor in this film and I liked the complex relationship his character had with his brother. Also, when they planned their biggest heist, I was nervous that they might get caught. Still, of all the masks they could have worn to rob a bank, why did they choose to wear nun masks? I mean those masks make them look too creepy. Overall, despite the apparent flaws this movie has, it is a very enjoyable film for anyone who enjoys good old-fashioned drama.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2010

    Great Movie

    Heard "the buzz' before release and felt compelled to see it in the theater. Not one regret and would have paid to see it again except I knew I would own it. Powerful. Action and emotion-filled. Great acting and directing. Always been a Damon fan over Affleck but kudos to him for the wonderful directing job. Hope he gets the credit.

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