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The Crew

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  • Badass Crew: They're extremely fast and efficient at what they do.
  • Southies: All of them are natives of Charlestown.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: They have a variety of costumes, disguises, and masks to carry out their jobs.



Douglas "Doug" MacRay

Played by: Ben Affleck

The leader of the crew.

  • Affably Evil: Though he robs banks and takes hostages, he's surprisingly nice so long as his victims cooperate and everything goes fine.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: He had a chance to become a professional hockey player, but threw it away to become a criminal like his father.
  • The Leader: Of the gang.
  • Missing Mom: His mother disappeared when he was young, leading him to believe she ran off to Florida. Fergie later reveals she committed suicide.
  • Noble Demon: Although he's a bank robber, he at least tries to keep his jobs clean and avoid unnecessary violence.
  • Sole Survivor: In the theatrical cut, he's the only member of the crew to survive the Fenway Park robbery and get away.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: To Jem. Both of them have similar backgrounds, but Doug is significantly calmer, while Jem is quick to resort to violence
  • Villain Protagonist: He's a bank robber, so this is a given.


James "Jem" Coughlin

Played by: Jeremy Renner

Doug's childhood friend, and second-in-command.

  • Ax-Crazy: He's quick to resort to violence, as seen when he beats up the branch manager in the opening robbery.
  • Best Friends-in-Law: Doug has been in an on-off relationship with Jem's sister, Krista. Jem is supportive of it, though Doug is only in it for casual sex.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His father died in prison, and his mother, from HIV, and at the time of the film, he recently got out of nine years in prison for manslaughter.
  • The Lancer: To Doug.
  • Never Going Back to Prison: Part of his reason for his Suicide by Cop at the end of the film.
  • Pet the Dog: It's revealed that the shot the kid nine years ago in order to protect Doug, as the kid planned on killing him.
  • Suicide by Cop: Surrounded by cops and determined not to go back to prison, he chooses to charge them with empty guns, getting himself killed.


Desmond "Dez" Elden

Played by: Owen Burke

The gang's technician.

  • Boom, Headshot!: How he goes out in the final fight.
  • Demoted to Extra: He has an actual backstory in the original novel, but doesn't have any major role in the film beyond providing a link Frawley needs to identify the gang.
  • The Smart Guy: He works for Vericom as a systems tech operator, explaining how he understands the banks' security systems.


Albert "Gloansy" MacGloan

Played by: Slaine

The gang's getaway driver.

  • Badass Driver: He handles himself really well in Boston's narrow streets.
  • The Driver: He's responsible for securing rides and driving the gang away once their jobs are done.
  • Drives Like Crazy: He ends up causing a lot of accidents during the botched North End robbery.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Offers to distract the police by driving out, allowing Doug and Jem to get away. He gets killed in the process.


Law enforcement


Adam Frawley

Played by: Jon Hamm

  • Anti-Hero: He's ruthless in his pursuit of the gang.
  • Cowboy Cop: Subverted. Frawley may seem like a very dark take on this, but nothing he does violates the law or standard police protocol. He's simply ruthlessly efficient and willing to do whatever's allowed to do his job.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He has no problem pulling dirty tricks (though still legal) to bring the gang down.
  • Hero Antagonist: He's an FBI agent tasked with taking the gang down.
  • Inspector Javert: He's really determined to take down Doug's gang.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: He's primarily seen toting a shotgun as his main weapon.


Dino Ciampa

Played by: Titus Welliver

A Boston Police Department detective tasked as Frawley's assistant.

  • Category Traitor: Doug views him as this, as they grew up in the same area, but he works for the police putting away criminals, including Doug's father.
  • Mr. Exposition: Primarily exists to explain robbery tactics, or gather information on the gang.
  • Southies: He grew up in South Boston.




Claire Keesey

Played by: Rebecca Hall

The manager of a bank the gang robs, who ends up getting pulled into Doug's life.

  • Break the Cutie: She winds up traumatized by the events at the start of the film, and then getting dragged into the investigation that follows.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: She ends up starting a relationship with Doug, not realizing until later that he was the one who took her hostage.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out Doug after Frawley tells her Doug's not only a bank robber, but the one who kidnapped her and gave her PTSD.


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