"The Town" (movie) is a dramatic thriller about robbers and cops, friendship and betrayal, love and hope, and escaping a past that has no future. Academy Award winner Ben Affleck ("Good Will Hunting," "Gone Baby Gone") directed and stars.

There are over 300 bank robberies in Boston every year. And a one-squaremile neighborhood in Boston, called Charlestown, has produced more bank and armored car robbers than anywhere in the U.S.

One of them is Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck), but he 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 became the leader of a crew of ruthless bank robbers, who pride themselves on taking what they want and getting out clean. The only family Doug has are his partners in crime, especially Jem (Jeremy Renner), who, despite his dangerous, hair-trigger temper, is the closest thing Doug ever had to a brother.

However, everything changed on the gang's last job when Jem briefly took a hostage: bank manager Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall). When they discover she lives in Charlestown, Jem gets nervous and wants to check out what she might have seen. Knowing what Jem is capable of, Doug takes charge. He seeks out Claire, who has no idea that their encounter is not by chance or that this charming stranger is one of the men who terrorized her only days before.

As his relationship with Claire deepens into a passionate romance, Doug wants out of this life and the town. But with the Feds, led by Agent Frawley (Jon Hamm), closing in and Jem questioning his loyalty, Doug realizes that getting out will not be easy and, worse, 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.

In addition to Ben Affleck, "The Town" cast also includes Rebecca Hall ("Vicky Cristina Barcelona"), Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner ("The Hurt Locker"), Blake Lively (upcoming "Green Lantern," "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"), Titus Welliver ("Gone Baby Gone"), with Oscar nominee Pete Postlethwaite ("In the Name of the Father," "Inception"), and Academy Award winner Chris Cooper ("Adaptation"). "The Town" is produced by Academy Award winner Graham King ("The Departed") and Basil Iwanyk ("Clash of the Titans") from a screenplay by Peter Craig and Ben Affleck & Aaron Stockard, based on the novel Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan. The executive producers are Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, William Fay and David Crockett, with Chay Carter serving as co-producer.

The behind-the-scenes creative team was led by Oscar-winning director of photography Robert Elswit ("There Will Be Blood"), production designer Sharon Seymour ("Gone Baby Gone"), Oscar-nominated editor Dylan Tichenor ("There Will Be Blood"), and costume designer Susan Matheson ("The Kingdom"). The music is composed by Harry Gregson-Williams and David Buckley, who previously collaborated on Affleck's "Gone Baby Gone."

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a GK Films Production, a Thunder Road Film Production, "The Town." The film has been rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, some sexuality and drug use.

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Genre: Crime
Runtime: 125 mins.
Release Date: September 17, 2010
Tagline: Welcome to the bank robbery capital of America.
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Production Companies:
Legendary Pictures
GK Films
Thunder Road Film

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