History Film / TheTown

14th May '16 11:33:00 PM nombretomado
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As his relationship with Claire grows, Doug also wants out of the lifestyle and the town. But with the Feds, led by FBI Special Agent Adam Frawley ([[MadMen Jon Hamm]]), closing in, and James questioning his loyalty, Doug realizes that getting out will not be easy. Worse yet, his longtime associate and mob contact Fergie "The Florist" Colm (Creator/PetePostlethwaite) may put Claire in the line of fire. Any choices he once had have boiled down to one: betray his friends or lose the woman he loves, concluding with an epic robbery of Fenway Park.

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As his relationship with Claire grows, Doug also wants out of the lifestyle and the town. But with the Feds, led by FBI Special Agent Adam Frawley ([[MadMen ([[Series/MadMen Jon Hamm]]), closing in, and James questioning his loyalty, Doug realizes that getting out will not be easy. Worse yet, his longtime associate and mob contact Fergie "The Florist" Colm (Creator/PetePostlethwaite) may put Claire in the line of fire. Any choices he once had have boiled down to one: betray his friends or lose the woman he loves, concluding with an epic robbery of Fenway Park.
29th Apr '16 3:43:10 PM AlphaHandingGems
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* {{FlashbackEffects}}: The killing flashback is black and white.

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* {{FlashbackEffects}}: FlashbackEffects: The killing flashback is black and white.
29th Apr '16 3:42:37 PM AlphaHandingGems
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* {{Flashback}}: A killing which happened long ago and which Doug and Jem talk about is shown.
* {{FlashbackEffects}}: The killing flashback is black and white.
26th Feb '16 3:25:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* BestFriendsInLaw: Doug has an on-off relationship with his best friend Jem's sister Krista. Jem is actually really enthusiastic about their relationship, as it means that he and Doug are basically family. However, it's a pretty rocky one and Doug dashes Jem's hopes that there's any future in it.
26th Feb '16 3:17:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* OnlyBadGuysCallTheirLawyers: Stated to be true by Agent Frawley. Semi-lampshaded in that he prefaces it by pointing out "it isn't a very civil libertarian thing" for him to say, as he's a cop.

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* OnlyBadGuysCallTheirLawyers: Stated Agent Frawley claims this to be true by Agent Frawley. Semi-lampshaded when a woman they brought in that for questioning (who doesn't know her new boyfriend is a high-profile robber) asks him whether or not she should have a lawyer present. Though he prefaces it by pointing out saying "it isn't a very civil libertarian thing" for him to say, as he's a cop.cop. When she's later implicated in her boyfriend's crimes, he says that this time she really will need a lawyer.
25th Sep '15 3:12:57 AM Nightrider88
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* ClothingDamage: Doug cut off of a sleeve from the Claire's jacket to make a blindfold to use on her when they abducted her. After that, her jacket is completely gone.
17th Sep '15 9:19:57 AM Koveras
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Doug [=MacRay=] (Creator/BenAffleck) is not cut from the same cloth as his fellow thieves. Unlike them, Doug had a chance at success, a chance to escape following in his father's criminal footsteps. Instead, he has become the leader of a crew of ruthless bank robbers, who pride themselves on taking what they want and getting out clean: himself, James "Jem" Coughlin (Creator/JeremyRenner), Desmond "Des" Elden (Owen Burke) and Albert "Gloansy" Maglone (Slaine). The only family Doug has are his partners in crime, especially Jem, who, despite his hair-trigger temper, is the closest thing Doug ever had to a brother.

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Doug [=MacRay=] (Creator/BenAffleck) is not cut from the same cloth as his fellow thieves. Unlike them, Doug had a chance at success, a chance to escape following in his father's criminal footsteps. Instead, he has become the leader of a crew of ruthless bank robbers, who pride themselves on taking what they want and getting out clean: himself, James "Jem" Coughlin (Creator/JeremyRenner), Desmond "Des" Elden (Owen Burke) and Albert "Gloansy" Maglone (Slaine). The only family Doug has are his partners in crime, especially Jem, who, despite his hair-trigger temper, is the [[BestFriend closest thing Doug ever had to a brother.
brother]].


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* BestFriend: James/Jem to Doug. When Doug asks Jem for a potentially dangerous favor that they'd never talk about again, the only thing Jem asks is whose car they'll be taking for it.
9th Sep '15 10:43:03 AM HighCrate
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* InsideJob: [[spoiler: {{Subverted}}, then played straight.]] The robbery at Claire's bank [[spoiler: did not involve an employee accomplice but the cops think that there might have been one.]] When Claire quits her job, it raises red flags and when her relationship with Doug is discovered, she is accused of being that accomplice even though the audience knows she is innocent. [[spoiler: The later robbery at Fenway Park involves an inside man, a Fenway employee who owes Fergie a lot of money and hopes to wipe out his debt by providing the robbers with access to the money room.]]
13th Aug '15 9:03:00 AM TrollBrutal
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* GoodIsNotNice: Agent Frawley, to the point that at times he's no better than [[VillainProtagonist the protagonist]] [[NobleDemon himself]].

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%% * GoodIsNotNice: Agent Frawley, to the point that at times he's no better than [[VillainProtagonist the protagonist]] [[NobleDemon himself]].
13th Aug '15 8:51:38 AM dmcreif
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''The Town'' (2010) is a [[TheCaper heist film]] that follows a team of bank robbers in the Boston neighborhood of [[HollywoodNewEngland Charlestown]] and the law enforcement personnel attempting to stop them.

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''The Town'' (2010) is a [[TheCaper heist film]] that follows a team of bank robbers in the Boston UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} neighborhood of [[HollywoodNewEngland Charlestown]] and the law enforcement personnel attempting to stop them.



* GenreSavvy / PopCulturalOsmosis: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]]. When talking to Claire, Doug lies that his knowledge of witness protection procedures comes from TV shows like ''Series/{{CSI}}'', and not from, say, him being arrested regularly as a petty criminal.

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* GenreSavvy / PopCulturalOsmosis: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]]. When talking to Claire, Doug lies that his knowledge of witness protection procedures comes from TV shows like ''Series/{{CSI}}'', and not from, say, him being all of the times he was arrested regularly as a for petty criminal.crimes.



* GoodIsNotNice: Agent Frawley, to the point where he's no better than [[VillainProtagonist the protagonist]] [[NobleDemon himself]].

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* GoodIsNotNice: Agent Frawley, to the point where that at times he's no better than [[VillainProtagonist the protagonist]] [[NobleDemon himself]].



* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Doug and Coughlin go one step farther and actually wear police uniforms to rob the cash room at Fenway Park. While their attempt to escape while dressed as paramedics fails due to the FBI SWAT team cornering them, after Gloansy and Des get killed, Doug and Coughlin slip back into their cop uniforms to blend in with a group of real BPD officers that have just showed up. Too bad it doesn't work out for Coughlin when Frawley catches him while he tries to flee with the money satchel on his shoulder.

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* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Doug and Coughlin go one step farther and actually wear police officer uniforms to rob the cash room at Fenway Park. While their attempt to escape while dressed as paramedics fails due to the FBI SWAT team cornering them, after Gloansy and Des get killed, Doug and Coughlin slip back into their the cop uniforms to blend in with a group of real BPD officers that have just showed up. Too bad it doesn't work out for Coughlin when Frawley catches him while he tries to flee with the money satchel on his shoulder.



* ISurrenderSuckers: Coughlin with his SuicideByCop. Surrounded by a firing squad of cops, he announces that he's giving himself up, then leaps from cover with emptied TEC-9s. The police officers respond exactly as they are trained to do and riddle him with bullets, not realizing the weapons are empty.

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* ISurrenderSuckers: Coughlin with his SuicideByCop. Surrounded by a firing squad of cops, he announces that he's giving himself up, then leaps from cover with emptied TEC-9s. The police officers don't know that his TEC-9s aren't loaded, though, and they respond exactly as they are trained to do when dealing with an armed individual - and riddle him with bullets, not realizing the weapons are empty.bullets.



* KarmaHoudini: Subverted. [[spoiler:Doug escapes]] and makes it to [[spoiler:Florida, but the rest of the crew is dead, and he's alone]]. Averted if you watch either of the alternate endings on the extended edition.

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* KarmaHoudini: Subverted. [[spoiler:Doug escapes]] and makes it to [[spoiler:Florida, but the rest of the crew is dead, and he's alone]]. Averted if you watch either of the alternate endings on the extended edition.edition, where Doug dies.



** The look on Frawley's face when Coughlin decides to [[SuicideByCop make the cops kill him]] looks almost mournful, showing that while he would have stopped at nothing to arrest a bad guy, he wanted to take Coughlin alive by all means necessary.

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** The look on Frawley's face when Coughlin decides to [[SuicideByCop make the cops kill him]] looks almost mournful, showing that while he would have stopped at nothing to arrest a bad guy, he wanted to take Coughlin alive by all means necessary.alive.



** When the movie was released to DVD and UsefulNotes/BluRay, two versions were initially available: the 128 minute theatrical cut, and the 145 minute Extended Cut, available on the UsefulNotes/BluRay. The Extended Cut adds 17 minutes of new and alternate footage to the movie. Most of the new footage revolves around Doug and Claire's love story. This is important to the plot (and avoids a dreaded RomanticPlotTumor) since it further explores the reasons why Doug is trying to leave his former life behind; also, it offers an inside view on victims of bank robberies (and not just the bank robbers or the police who chase them). The problem-which is not at all Affleck's (neither as a director nor as an actor), Rebecca Hall's or the plot's fault-was that there had been too many love stories already. As the Doug and Claire love story is the part of the plot that was shortened the most for the Theatrical Cut, most of the additional scenes from the Extended Cut develop Doug and Claire's relationship a little further. It's important that Claire talks to Doug about the bank robbers from Charlestown, or about her injured colleague. It is also important that the two gangsters (who were badly injured by Doug) get a chance to speak. However, these are the scenes that slow the pacing down a little bit. Nonetheless several other scene extensions and additional footage can be found throughout the entire movie, such as additional scenes (such as a subplot about the gang creating a false trail of red herrings to trick Frawley and other agents into thinking the gang will use a Vericom truck to attack a money transporter in a strip mall parking lot; subsequently, they fall for the trick and only bust a poor decoy who was planted there).

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** When the movie was released to DVD and UsefulNotes/BluRay, two versions were initially available: the original 128 minute theatrical cut, and the 145 minute Extended Cut, available on the UsefulNotes/BluRay. The Extended Cut adds 17 minutes of new and alternate footage to the movie. Most of the new footage revolves around Doug and Claire's love story. This is important to the plot (and avoids a dreaded RomanticPlotTumor) since it further explores the reasons why Doug is trying to leave his former life behind; also, it offers an inside view on victims of bank robberies (and not just the bank robbers or the police who chase them). The problem-which is not at all Affleck's (neither as a director nor as an actor), Rebecca Hall's or the plot's fault-was that there had been too many love stories already. As the Doug and Claire love story is the part of the plot that was shortened the most for the Theatrical Cut, most of the additional scenes from the Extended Cut develop Doug and Claire's relationship a little further. It's important that Claire talks to Doug about the bank robbers from Charlestown, or about her injured colleague. It is also important that the two gangsters (who were badly injured by Doug) get a chance to speak. However, these are the scenes that slow the pacing down a little bit. Nonetheless several other scene extensions and additional footage can be found throughout the entire movie, such as additional scenes (such as a subplot about the gang creating a false trail of red herrings to trick Frawley and other agents into thinking the gang will use a Vericom truck to attack a money transporter in a strip mall parking lot; subsequently, they fall for the trick and only bust a poor decoy who was planted there).



** At one point, the gang decide to divert the FBI's attention by tricking them into planting a tracking device on Dez's Vericom cable van and having a decoy take it home for the weekend. A few days later, Frawley and his team are monitoring the truck in a strip mall parking lot. Conveniently, there's a boosted Jeep Grand Cherokee a few spaces away. By pure chance, a money transporter then shows up, so the FBI agents jump out of their cars and storm the Vericom van, only finding the poor decoy.

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** At one point, the gang decide to divert distract the FBI's attention police by tricking them into planting a tracking device on Dez's Vericom cable van and having a decoy take it home for the weekend. A few days later, Frawley and his team are monitoring the truck in a strip mall parking lot. Conveniently, there's a boosted Jeep Grand Cherokee a few spaces away. By pure chance, a money transporter then shows up, so the FBI agents jump police pile out of their cars and storm the Vericom van, only finding the poor decoy.



* ShoutOut: In the extended cut, there is a scene where Doug is watching the drive-in movie theater shootout from ''Film/{{Heat}}''. ''Heat'' was the source movie that ''The Town'' took heavy influence from.

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* ShoutOut: In the extended cut, there is a scene happens where Doug is watching the drive-in movie theater shootout from ''Film/{{Heat}}''. ''Heat'' was the source movie that ''The Town'' took heavy influence from.
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