History Film / TheTown

17th Oct '16 9:11:41 PM dmcreif
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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.]]

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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 has been promised that his debt by providing the robbers debts will be wiped clean if he provides Doug with access to the money room.]]



* PaperThinDisguise: Played straight with the way Doug and Jem use their cop disguises to escape Fenway Park as the police move in. By using the disguises, they blend in with the real Boston Police Department officers. "Officer" Coughlin however gives himself away to Frawley by carrying his money bag with him, walking away from the crime scene, and also shooting at Frawley when Frawley calls him by name (although what would happen if he hadn't reacted by shooting when his real name was called is not clear). While "Officer" Doug manages to escape because he behaves like every other cop at the scene-he draws a pistol and holds it in the same way the real cops are holding their weapons, as if he's just arrived. Plus Doug is not carrying a satchel full of money, so no one thinks he stands out.

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* PaperThinDisguise: Played straight with the way Doug and Jem use their cop disguises to escape Fenway Park as the police move in. By using the disguises, they blend in with the real Boston Police Department officers. "Officer" Coughlin "Officer Coughlin" however gives himself away to Frawley by carrying his money bag with him, walking away from the crime scene, awa, and also shooting at Frawley when Frawley calls him by name (although what would happen if he hadn't reacted by shooting when his real name was called is not clear). While "Officer" Doug "Officer [=McRay=]" manages to escape because he behaves like every other cop at the scene-he draws a pistol and holds it in the same way the real cops are holding their weapons, as if he's just arrived. Plus Doug is not carrying a satchel full of money, so no one thinks he stands out.



** 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).

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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 Another scene extensions and additional footage can be found throughout added in the entire movie, such as additional scenes (such as extended cut is a subplot about the gang creating pulling a false trail of red herrings to trick prank on the FBI by tricking 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 distract the 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 police pile out of their cars and storm the Vericom van, only finding the poor decoy.

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** At one point, In the extended cut, the gang decide to distract play a prank on the police FBI 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 police pile out of their cars and storm the Vericom van, only finding the poor decoy.



** Averted in the Fenway Park shootout, since Doug tells the others to cover their ears after the SWAT team throws flashbang grenades through a vent. Only Dez is TooDumbToLive, fails to cover his ears, and gets shot by a SWAT officer.

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** Averted in the Fenway Park shootout, since Doug tells the others to cover their ears after the SWAT team throws flashbang grenades through a vent. Only Dez is TooDumbToLive, fails to cover his ears, is deafened, and gets is then shot in the head by a SWAT officer.
28th Sep '16 9:44:47 PM TheSinful
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* KnowWhenToFoldEm: The lone patrolman who sees the gang changing cars stares at them for a few seconds before pointedly turning his head and letting them get away. It likely saved his life.
31st Jul '16 1:58:18 PM fearlessnikki
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* BettyAndVeronica: Played with. Doug has two 'love interests' in the film. Krista the trashy addict has the Veronica personality but the Betty traits of knowing Doug his whole life and being his best friend's sister. The wholesome Claire is a Betty personality but is from out of town and functions as something of a MoralityPet.



%% * 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]]. He's also a CombatPragmatist and has no problem pulling dirty tricks (though still legal) to bring the gang down.



* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Claire is played by English actress Rebecca Hall, and her accent subtlely slips throughout the movie. One example is in the scene where Doug and Claire are on a date and run into Jem. The line "So I've been telling all my friends about you," is clearly said in Hall's native British accent.

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Claire is played by English actress Rebecca Hall, and her accent subtlely slips throughout the movie. One example is in the scene where Doug and Claire are on a date and run into Jem. The line "So I've been telling all my friends about you," is clearly said in Hall's native British accent.
** Pete Postlethwaite's Irish accent slips in a few scenes as well.



* ReCut: There exist four versions of the movie. The original cut was 4 hours long. [[DidntThinkThisThrough After realizing that the film would]] [[AudienceAlienatingPremise never appeal to wide audiences,]] Ben Affleck cut the film down to the still lengthy 2 hours, 50 minutes in 3 days. The studio and producers loved it, [[ExecutiveMeddling but they wanted the film to be no longer than 2 hours, 10 minutes.]] Eventually, Affleck cut the film down to 2 hours, 8 minutes.

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* ReCut: ReCut:
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There exist four versions of the movie. The original cut was 4 hours long. [[DidntThinkThisThrough After realizing that the film would]] [[AudienceAlienatingPremise never appeal to wide audiences,]] Ben Affleck cut the film down to the still lengthy 2 hours, 50 minutes in 3 days. The studio and producers loved it, [[ExecutiveMeddling but they wanted the film to be no longer than 2 hours, 10 minutes.]] Eventually, Affleck cut the film down to 2 hours, 8 minutes.



** Even though the scene where Jem finds Doug with Claire at a restaurant is based around Doug being ''scared shitless'' because Claire might see Jem's neck tattoo, which she saw during their heist on her bank, it never comes up again, nor does it affect the heroes in any way afterward.

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** Even though the scene where Jem finds Doug with Claire at a restaurant is based around Doug being ''scared shitless'' because Claire might see Jem's neck tattoo, which she saw during their heist on her bank, it never comes up again, nor does it affect the heroes in any way afterward.afterwards. Neither does Claire's angst over not telling the FBI about the tattoo in the first place, although it does {{Foreshadow}} that [[spoiler: she will lie to the FBI in the end]].
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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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.
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