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Plot, Details & Awards

The Town

Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, some sexuality and drug use.

R In Theaters 09/17/2010 , 125min.
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Plot & Details

Boston bank robber Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) falls for a woman his gang had previously taken hostage after feigning a chance meeting with her to ensure that she can't identify them in Affleck's adaptation of author Chuck Hogan's novel Prince of Thieves. The son of a tough Charlestown, MA thief, Doug passed on his chance to walk the straight and narrow in favor of becoming a career bank robber. Not only is Doug's crew one of the most ruthless in Boston, but they're also one of the best; they never leave a trace of evidence, and always make a clean break. Over the years, Doug's fearless partners in crime have become something of a surrogate family to him; Jem (Jeremy Renner), the most dangerous of the bunch, is the closest thing Doug has ever had to a brother. But a divide begins to open between the two career criminals when Jem takes bank manager Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall) hostage during a particularly tense heist, and the group subsequently discovers that she hails from their own tight-knit suburb. When Jem proposes that the gang make an effort to find out just how much Claire recalls about the crime, Doug fears that his volatile partner may do more harm than good and volunteers himself for the job. Later, Doug turns on the charm while pretending to bump into Claire by chance, and becomes convinced that she doesn't suspect him of being the same man who just robbed her bank. As the feds turn up the heat on the gang, Doug finds himself falling for Claire, and searching desperately for a means of cutting his ties to his criminal past. But with each passing day, Jem grows increasingly suspicious of Doug's true motivations. Now caught between two worlds with no chance of turning back, Doug realizes that his only hope for finding a happy future is to betray the only family he's ever known.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2010 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Jeremy Renner Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Pete Postlethwaite Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2010 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Jeremy Renner Nominated

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2010 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Art Directors Guild

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2010 Art Directors Guild Best Art Direction in a Contemporary Film Sharon Seymour Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Pete Postlethwaite Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2010 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated
2010 National Board of Review Best Ensemble Cast Won

National Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2010 National Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actor (Runner-up) Jeremy Renner Won

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2010 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated
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