are from my kinda town. Ben
managed to strike a perfect
balance between telling a great heist story and exploring some very
interesting relationships and delivering some stunning action
sequences. The script also has some very pitch-black humor which really
lifts it up.
The only nit pick of this movie
is that it's a tad too long but
despite that it's ultimately a very satisfying story. The Town
well worth a visit, have a read and see what you think.
by: Ben Affleck
Peter Craig (screenplay)
Ben Affleck (screenplay)
Aaron Stockard (screenplay)
Chuck Hogan (novel "Prince of Thieves")
Ben Affleck -
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
- Assistant Bank
name is Arthur Shea. Former Metro Police officer, fifty-seven years
old. Soon as his partner leaves with the coal bag, Artie cracks a
Herald, and he don't look up 'til the guy gets back. Marty Mcguire,
Armored courier. Five- ten, two-twenty, fifty-two years old. Picks
up every Wednesday and Friday at exactly 8:12. Makes a hundred
and ten dollars a day, carries a Sig nine and his about to get robbed.
[talking about the
we see a helicopter. We're fucked if we see SWAT. We see a cruiser,
stop, take out the engine blocks, keep moving. No one needs to get hurt.
guards like to test you though. They wanna get hurt for ten dollars an
hour, don't get in the way.
[Claire is standing in
front of the
lock set for?
to us. It's eight fifteen. Listen, it's not your money, you understand?
[Claire nods her head]
[to Claire just as she's
turn to open the vault]
Open it clean.
[a very nervous Claire
[he points his gun at
fuckin' friend of yours?
[Claire is trying
nervously to turn
the vault dial to open it]
[Claire keeps turning
the vault dial
but it's not opening, Doug puts his hand on hers]
[Doug put her hand back
on the vault
dial and this time she's successful in opening the vault]
Look, nobody did anything.
What'd you day?
Assistant Bank Manager:
Assistant Bank Manager:
Assistant Bank Manager:
didn't pull any alarm.
[he starts hitting the
with his rifle, Doug stops him]
[Claire looks up and
sees the tattoo
on James's neck just below his mask]
[Doug notices Claire is
not in her
position on the ground, he goes out the back way to see James has her]
the fuck is
walled in, we're gonna need her.
[to Claire whose in the
back of the
okay. All right. No one's gonna hurt you.
[to Frawley referring to
robbery took place]
Used the van to
screen the door. Bleached the entire place with DNA. Kills all the
clothing fibres so we can't get a match. Silent bell came from cage
number two. Assistant Manager’s at Beth Israel. Our guys waited
for the time lock
to expire. Then they had the manager open sesame.
They took a risk.
[looking at the open
safe, only as strong as the guy with the key.
Found the dye pack and the tracers.
[Frawley's cell phone
beeps, he looks
at the message]
Found the van. Torched.
Where is it?
Where do you think?
wanna talk to this
[Jem walks in]
Hey, speak of the
fuckin' devil. You made it. Take the scenic route?
[shows Doug Claire's
What's the matter? Let me see that fuckin' thing.
[takes the licence from
Seen the fuckin' ddress on there.
bitch lives four
blocks away from here.
where we are Gloans.
gonna see this
bitch on streets everyday?
her for a
ride didn't help.
right, I'm gonna handle it.
the fuck are you
gonna handle this?
[Frawley is interviewing
the FBI headquarters]
I understand they
Uhmm. One of
them took my licence.
Did you try and
escape at any point?
Is there anything
you identify about these men? Anything you can testify to?
I didn't try to
escape because they had guns.
Then they just let you go?
Yeah. They just
let me go. Should I have a lawyer here?
This is a very
civil libertarian thing for me to say, but anyone who lawyer's up is
guilty. I think you're all right.
Claire's hands are
endures an experience like this, there are very often residual effects.
You'll be okay. Did they say anything?
If you talk to
the FBI we'll come to your house and fuck you and kill you.
gonna take care of
[Doug takes Claire's
licence from Jem]
gonna do with this?
reason we're having this conversation.
gonna get it done.
get done? Huh? You're gonna get picked up for intimidating a witness.
You walk within a hundred feet of her that's ten years. Okay, you got
two strikes against you already they're gonna bury you in the fucking
[to the team of police
Where are they?
What are they doing right now? They got the money, now they have to
clean it. Casino's, tracks, maybe they make a big drug buy, flip it
across town. They wanna go celebrate, right? V.P.D, D.E.A. I want
chips, names, witnesses. Anything. We're gonna knock on some doors see
who wants to help us out. Any questions? No. Great. Let's go.
[Krista walks out of the
toilet in the bar and sees Doug at the bar]
[Krista goes to drop
something in his
[Doug gets angry and
stops her from
touching his drink]
fuckin...what are you doin'?
heard you got
into a fight, Kris.
Do I look like
I got into a fight?
[Doug walks into an AA
meeting and a
speaker is sharing his story]
Eskimo Story Speaker:
you know what I mean? The...the dissappointment in yourself. The anger
that turns into dissappointment. The despair. Like the guy who's
sittin' at the bar and a priest walks in, pulls up chair. The guy says,
"Wait a minute." He says, "I hate to tell you this, don't waste you're
time, but I happen to know there's no God." The priest says, "Yeah,
how's that?" The guy says...uh, "I am an explorer in the north pole.
I've been caught in a blindin' storm once. Freezing. I was blinded,
freezing to death and I prayed, if there is a God, save me now. Now God
didn’t come." The priest says...you know, "How's that?" He says,
"You’re alive. He must have saved you." He said, "No. God never showed
up. An Eskimo came along. Took me back to his camp and saved me."
That's Janice. She's my wife and she's sittin' right there. She's my
[Doug's followed Claire
laundry mat. He sits down close to where she's doing her laundry
pretending to be reading]
Are...are you doing laundry?
wandered if you had any change? The machine is out.
I can just
uh...hang them up when I get home.
[Claire notices the
blood stains on
her shirt and remembers the robbery, she starts to cry]
I'm fine. I'm
[Claire's tries to hold
Yeah. I'm fine.
I'm fine. Thank you. I'm fine.
Yeah. This is
nothing to be embaressed about. Do you need help?
Just having a
like to have a good cry at the nail salon. Just open right up to the
ladies. They're very understanding.
[Claire starts to laugh]
you know you
like the laundry mat, so that's fine.
[Claire laughs again]
let me buy you a drink. Make up for letting you down with the quarters.
You know, see if we can turn your week around. What's the worst that
[after FBI breaks into a
Henry. Oxy, guns? It's like Townie Christmas.
[Doug picks up Claire at
and they get into his truck]
come get your door for you, huh? What kinda guy lets you open the
I...I have to
get something out there. Otherwise I'll be pretending to listen to you
all night when really I'm thinking about something else.
A few days a go
my bank was robbed. Four men took over and opened the safe. They took
me as a hostage. Uh...they blind folded me and drove me around. And
then they stopped and let me out over at the beach and...and one of the
guys told me to walk until I felt the water on my toes. It's the
longest walk of my life, I kept thinking I'd step off a cliff.
And...and then I felt the water.
It's not your
The FBI guy told
me I would feel like I was in mourning.
with the FBI?
mean? Guy comes by checks in on you? Give you call? That kind of thing?
they have any
suspects? Any clues? Any...anything like that?
I don't know.
Not that they've told me. He intimidated that they were scouring
Charlestown, but they were wearing masks. So...
I'm sure I'd
recognise their voices if I heard them again.
Maybe harded than you think.
what do you
do for work?
Gravel, I break rocks. Punch the ticket at the end of the day, slide
down the back of a brontosaurus like Fred Flinstone, call it a night.
Hey, can I ask
I volunteer at
the boys and girls club in Charlestown and...
Yeah. And well
mostly the kids that pitch for us they haven't been able to afford any
ice for the rink.
I know it's
embaressing. City won't put any money into that place.
Yeah, I know.
Yeah, well some of the kids were calling me a 'tunie'?
just mean a
yuppie. Someone who's not from Charlestown, that's all.
Oh, of course.
need to remove her from the equation?
are you, a
trigger man now?
the fuckin' electric chair brought back over to Charlestown.
[Frawley and a Vericom
crew chief are
looking up at another crew memeber examining the hacked junction box
above the bank that was robbed]
Vericom Crew Chief:
obviously knew how to work the box, but I like the way they
zappped the bipper to the D-5 Station.
How does one
learn how to do that?
Vericom Crew Chief:
[crew chief walks away
and Dino and
Frawley walk away]
work logs, employee records. Start with everyone who lives in the Town.
I lied to the
When the guy
attached David, I could see the back of his neck and he had a tattoo.
It was one of
those fighting Irish tatoos. I'm afraid if I report it they'll make me
testify. What do you think I should do?
tell the FBI.
If the guy's got a record, and I'm sure he does, they'll have his
tatoos on file. They'll ring him up the next day. Robbery, weapons,
he'll get thirty years. Of course he'll worry someone's gonna come
looking for the witness. FBI will probabaly want to put you in a
WitSec, you know witness security. You know, he'll probably put you
somewhere, like you know in uh...Cleveland or Arizona. You know,
somewhere safe. Or...you could wait. You have a card, there's nothin'
says you gotta play it right away. You're the one who's vulnerable in
this situation right now. The FBI are just people, like anyone else who
want to find the bad guy so that they can go home and do their supper.
You have to look out for yourself, Claire.
Quite an expert.
watch a lot of TV. I watch a lot of CSI. So I'm a really big expert on
all this. I know. And Miami CSI and New York CSI. All the...all of them
I have watched.
[Claire starts to laugh]
[getting out of Doug's
Do we uh...do we
know each other well enough for me to say that this truck is a little
Doug MacRay: [laughs]
work truck. If
you have problems with your
Prius, I could always throw it in the back.
Now, how did you
know I had Prius?
I'd...you...I mean it just seems like a 'tunie' car. Why? You really
have a Prius?
I had a Prius.
It got vandalised.
I don't know.
I'm forced to walk a mile through the projects. There were these guys
and they started you know...
I'm not sure if
this is the same guys who trashed my car, but...
getting...you know it started with yelling when I walked by. And then
they got really aggressive and...
bottles started getting thrown I started coming to terms with not being
cool enough to walk through the projects.
bottles at you?
I...I'm fine. I
just have to, you know, go the long way. It doesn't matter.
Just have to
leave with it I
guess. Do you remember what they looked like?
need your help.
I can't tell you what it is, you can never ask me about it later, and
we're gonna hurt some people.
[Jem pauses to think for
Whose car are
we gonna take?
[after breaking into
apartment and beating him]
What did you
I don't know what
you're talking about.
brother right there. What did you do to get him so cranked up, huh?
I don't know what
the fuck you're talking about.
You don't know?
[Jem takes out his gun
and points it
at Colazzo's head]
How about now?
Now you know?
fucking tell me to chill.
What did you do?
I don't know that
the fuck you're talking about.
[he shoots Colazzo in
both his legs.
Colazzo starts screaming in pain]
college soccer! Hey, look at me.
[he pulls his mask up]
See my face?
You tell the cops, all right. But just remember, I've seen yours too.
[driving in Jem's car
can't be up
there killing people.
[in the FBI office, Dino
Works at Vericom.
Never seen the inside of a jail cell. Now, most of these guys get no
show jobs. They take the armored truck, foreman goes ‘Yeah, guy was
here yesterday’ and shows us a forged time card. But they can’t play
them games at Vericom cause it’s a public company. If you don’t show
up it’s a recorded sick day. And ‘Dezzy’ here has some interesting sick
days. Bank Boston, Cummins Armored, Arlington Brinks, Cambridge
So do your
parents still live in Charlestown?
no. My father
uh...finally made it out to the suburbs.
What about your
you. She left when I was six.
[Doug opens up to Claire
her the story of when his mother left]
woke me up. Uh...at first I didn't know what it was, it sounded like an
animal that got trapped. I never heard a man cry before. I came
downstairs in my underwear, I see my father in the kitchen. First thing
I remember was the ashtray, it must have been a hundred cigarettes in
there. Ash like a little mountain. He stopped crying, was just sitting
there watching TV on a little black and white with no sound. I think he
just didn't know what else to do. He looked at me standing there in the
doorway in my underoos, he says, 'Your mother left. She's not coming
back'. Just like that. Smokin'' cigarettes and eating a TV dinner at
in the morning.
Claire the story
of how he went looking for his mother]
lost our dog
the year before and uh...I wanted to make these posters, in case my
mother was lost someone could call us. Like the guy who found our dog.
To this day my father will tell you he helped me make the posters, but
he didn't. Sat in the kitchen drank a case of beer while I went up by
myself on school street asking people if they'd seen my mother. Her
name was Dorris. My grandmother had a place, it's a restaurant,
'Tangerine Flower', so I used to imagine maybe that's where
went. Then I came to terms with the fact that it doesn't really matter.
You know, where ever she went she had good reason to leave here. She
didn't wanna be my mother anymore and she...she wasn't coming back. And
now you know a little bit about my family, but I'm still not showing
you my apartment.
How bad can it
shots of the suspects of the robbery to the FBI task force]
Systems tech at Vericom. Twenty two years old. Albert Magloan, only in
Boston is a guy named Albert Magloan.
Adam Frawley: Mr
met a car he couldn't boost. Kind of talented individual that can start
your Cherokee for you while you're still looking for your keys.
and execute with sophistication and discipline. And that is not our boy
Coughlin. We think the architect is this guy.
[points to a
surveillance photo of
friend; Douglas MacRay.
He lives in the
same house. Dated Coughlin's sister. Who most likely mules to the
Florist who used to employ McRay's father. You need a fucking Venne
Diagram for these people.
life for the Nashua job which most of you should remember. Hijacked
the bread truck to New Hampshire, one guard saw his face. So, they
executed both of them with their own weapons. I think Mac's legacy is
now no A-car drivers allowed to leave the cab, even if there's a gun to
his partner's head.
eight months easy for going over the counter of a BayBank with a
nail gun after he washed out from pro hockey.
He was a
big deal for a minute. Got drafted, went to camp but here’s the
shocker, he started makin' trouble, fightin’ with guys.
Don't they pay
you to fight in hockey?
the guys in
your own team.
[the other FBI agents
Got into the family business.
presentation to the
FBI task force]
way away from a grand jury here. And we'll never get twenty four hour
surveillance unless one of these idiots converts to Islam. So we build
the case. All right, let's get to work.
[Claire and Doug are
sitting outside the restaurant sitting area]
So, I've been
telling all my friends about you.
good I hope.
uh...they're overcome with jealousy because they can't believe your
luck. You moved to Charlestown hooked up with a rock breaking Townie.
just...they just think it's a...a rebound. A rebound from what? A
robbery? I don't know. I feel estranged from them somehow.
Why do you
look like that?
My brother died
on a day like this.
He was little.
He had lymphoma. So now on really sunny days I always think of someone
dying. That's wrong, isn't it?
I'm sure he'd
be glad you're thinking about him. This is a good day. I'm having a
you’ll miss me while I’m gone.
[she gets up and goes
[while Doug is waiting
for Claire to
come back from the bathroom, someone pokes him in the back of the neck]
[Doug freezes then turns
you doin' here? Huh?
is this? Who you here with? Huh?
[Jem sit down in
one. Let's get
[Doug gets up]
me this is yours?
Hawaiian pizza? Come on sit down. I just got here.
said don't. All
right. I gotta go.
fuck down. Just sit down.
[just then the
restaurant door opens
and Claire steps back outside]
[Claire sees someone
sitting at their
[Jem sees Claire coming
and gets up]
Jem. I'm a friend of this...this loser right here.
[he points to Doug]
Nice to meet you.
I saw your
uh...fuckin' Avalanche parked around the corner.
His work truck right there. Dougy's quite the worker.
Have you two
known each other a long time? Or are you...
six we're like brothers. Right? But he's never mentioned a word about
you. Secrets with this one. Huh?
Did you say your
name was Jim or Gem?
Je...Je...well it's both actually. Um...teachers when were were growing
up they always used to say 'Hey, you can have this one, he's a real
gem.' So I guess it kind of stuck.
what do you
for yourself there, Claire?
work in a
bank. I'm a bank manager.
manager. Sounds fun. What bank?
Merchants. Just...just over there.
Merchants. Hey, wait that...that's the one that just got robbed, isn't
Wow, I read about that. That's crazy.
So then how is
it that..that you two met?
[Claire looks at Doug]
Love among the
bleach, right? Hey, it happens more than you think.
don't get to used to your life of leisure here. Dougy here,
he's...he's a real workaholic you know. He's always takin' his work
home with him. Aren't you?
[he looks at Doug]
[Doug comes in and grabs
Jem on the
neck covering the tattoo on the back of his neck. Jem gets up to leave]
yourself, all right? Be good.
I'll see you at
home. Hey, it was nice to meet you.
[there's a silence once
you haven't been telling all your friends about me.
following, Jem? Me or her?
I told you. I
made the Avalanche.
You got nothin' to
worry about. It's all under control.
Oh, so you're
trying to get us jammed up? Are you?
to get you jammed up.
got a move here, Dougy. Cause the only way I see it is you get sprung
with your goddamn beer trap on some tunie pussy. Who happens to be the
one goddamn person....FUCK! The one person that can give us to the
right. Don't you think we need to be smart right now?
start fucking all the witnesses. Right? Yeah, I'm blowing the assistant
manager. Am I smart now? Huh? And no I didn't tell the other guys when
I knew they'd flip the fuck out! And I want 'em fuckin' ready for the
I told you, the
next fucking thing is not ready yet.
make it ready!
don't like the
guards on the next thing. All right? One kid is like fuckin' GI Joe. He
wears the vest on the outside, tucks his pants into his fuckin' combat
fucking waste high.
We'll find another
truck with a driver whose a fuckin' fat kid with his fuckin' shit on
top, who don't think he's special forces.
know you're happy in fuck city over there, but I waited nine years of
Walpole for you, motherfucker. Just nine years, that's all. I'm done
is the last
one. We hit pause after this. We get pinched, remember whose idea this
was. Okay? Be ready on Friday.
[Doug's visiting his
father in prison]
time I look
at you now it's the red uh...pyjamas. You're still getting into trouble
Well, you know
how it is. Can't take no shit.
little old for that bullshit though, aren't you?
southie kids, they wanna run everything.
about um...taking a trip. Going out of town.
tell me 'making a change'. Either you got heat or you don't. I heard a
bread truck got dropped.
yeah? I didn't
hear about it.
me ask you
somethin', in case I don't see you again. How come you
come you never looked for her?
ma? For my
mother? How come you never looked for her? How come you never tried to
call for her? Look for her or ask around?
Look, when your
mother left you cried so hard you were throwing up. All over Parlem. So
I told you if you looked around you might find her. It was a...to give
you an activity. I didn't think you'd carry it like a fuckin' disease.
What, you wanna think she was an angel? Go ahead. Well, look out your
front door. How many twenty two year old girls are out there, they're
fuckin' around with kids they don't want. And, you know...no sense in
their heads. And you mother was no different. That's the hard truth. I
made my piece with it. You make yours. I didn't look for her because
there was nothin' to find.
[there's a pause as Doug
looks at his
Look I gotta
die five times before I get out of here. Bye...I'll see you again. This
side or the other.
[he gets up to leave]
I saw your
you sure it
boys and girls club?
under a local hero's banner.
standards for who qualifies on that.
uh...I was slow and I couldn't skate backwards. That's...you're
supposed to be able to skate backwards for pro hockey. But I could
shoot, you know. And I could hit anything with a hockey puck. But I got
drafted and uh...just didn't do what it took to make the team. And when
I got a second chance, I blew that too. So, they sent me home. That was
it. I look at that picture and I see a twenty year old kid who thinks
he's...you know...got it all figured out right before he's about to
throw it all away.
[he leans in and kisses
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