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As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the FBI agent looking to bring him and his crew down.

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The Charlestown neighborhood of Boston is renowned for churning out a high number of armed robbers, generation after generation. These robbers never leave their Charlestown life on their own volition, the neighborhood where there is an unwritten code to protect that lifestyle. Such robbers include friends Doug MacRay, James Coughlin, Albert 'Gloansy' Magloan and Desmond Elden. Doug and James in particular treat each other like family, as the Coughlins have realistically been as such to Doug since Doug's mother ran off and Doug's father, Stephen MacRay, was sent to prison. James' single mother sister, the drugged out Krista Coughlin, and Doug have a casual sexual relationship. The foursome carry out a mostly successful bank robbery, but due to circumstances take the bank manager, Claire Keesey, hostage for a short period before releasing her physically unharmed. They find out that Claire lives in Charlestown, so they want to ensure that she did not see anything that could incriminate ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Welcome to the bank robbery capital of America.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, some sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 September 2010 (USA)  »

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Prince of Thieves  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,005,039 (UK) (24 September 2010)

Gross:

$92,173,235 (USA) (31 December 2010)
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Trivia

The production encountered so many problems with the practical effects in the shoot-out scenes that most of the bulletholes were added in digitally in post-production. See more »

Goofs

When Doug flees to the Anderson RTC commuter rail station, the platform sign says "Trains to Florida". Trains that go through that station travel from Boston to Lowell (MBTA) and Boston to Maine (Amtrak). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Doug MacRay: [narrating] Driver's 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 Maguire. Cummins 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 he's about to get robbed.
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Crazy Credits

Charlestown's reputation as a breeding ground for armed robbers is authentic. However, this film all but ignores the great majority of the residents of Charlestown, past and present, who are the same good and true people found most anywhere. This film is dedicated to them. See more »

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Referenced in Conan: The One Where Conan Does That Thing (2011) See more »

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Written and Performed by Ray Lamontagne (as Ray LaMontagne)
Courtesy of RCA Records Label, a Unit of Sony Music Entertainment
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Well done!!
17 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had a trip to 'the town' last night and well, it is surprisingly entertaining. I still can't believe Ben Affleck can pull off everything (story, screenplay, direction, starring in a lead role) with such an ease. Three years after his debut directional venture 'Gone Baby Gone', Ben comes up with an ever better one this time.

A perfect combo of sold story, captivating screenplay, amazing writing, brilliant character development, good emotional content and brilliant cinematography (watch out for the shaky camera, this is the best camera work I've seen after 'Bourne' series) all together delivers an entertaining action thriller...worth a watch.


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