'The Town': Is Charlestown really Ame...

'The Town': Is Charlestown really America's 'bank robbery capital'?

There are 5 comments on the Christian Science Monitor story from Sep 17, 2010, titled 'The Town': Is Charlestown really America's 'bank robbery capital'?. In it, Christian Science Monitor reports that:

In a stroll of Charlestown on a sunny day, it's hard to believe this tiny Boston neighborhood could be "the bank robbery capital of America" - " the Warner Bros.

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San Jose, CA

#1 Oct 2, 2010
This FBI link displays the bank robberies by state. In 2008, you'll see that the entire state of MA has only 46 robberies, much lower than other states. So, if you look at the facts, it's not possible that Boston is the bank robbery capital of America. http://www.fbi.gov/publications/bcs/bcs2008/b...

North Attleboro, MA

#2 Oct 3, 2010
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Jeannine Clougherty

United States

#4 Feb 19, 2011
The movie the town depicted a bad era in Charlestown.Growing up there noone would know unless they were "Townies".Friendship s that last a lifetime.Loyalties of friendships.The fact that everyone knows one another as well as the amount of respect one Townie has for another.It is also truly amazing how friendships are passed through generations as I was friends with the children of my dads and moms friends.Charlestown is not just a town its a way of life!!Which spells love loyalty loyalty and respect!A true Townie!!!
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Malden, MA

#5 Jun 16, 2013
seymotrr wrote:
adr 345
sir your link does not exist and the number was actually 286 so get ya facts straight.. but lets be honest here Charlestown WAS the bank robbery capital because they CAME FROM Charlestown they pfeferred not to rob bank in their own backyards (its barely more than a sq. mile) so they would travel throughout the N.E. Secondly this was a thing of the past since about 2000 the amount of Bank robbers from there is much less and crime is contained mostly to the 3 housing projects (dealers, drug rips, shootings etc.) but they are right most people from Charlestown are honest hardworking folks who have alot of pride in their community so I do get why they are mad about the stereotype.

Somerville, MA

#6 May 15, 2014
After seeing Ben Affleck's "The Town" a couple more times, I made an about face in my opinion about this film. It's a very overrated, cartoon-like, and more like feature-length, made-for TV soap opera rather than a regular movie. It's not a particularly good cast, and the only really believable characters in this film were Jeremy Renner's role of the psychopathically crazy "Jem" (Doug MacRay's righthand man and best buddy), and Jon Hamm as the FBI Agt., who's hot on the trail of Doug MacRay and his men.

It's full of stereotypes (i. e. the Charlestown bank robbers, the princesslike damsel of a bank manager who steals the heart of the local leading thug, is the typical all-American gal next door, and who is petted and praised as a good lass no matter what she does, and cops who are total jerks.).

I also do not like the message that The Town sends; that people don't have to be held accountable for their actions/behaviors, that it's okay to become an accessory to a violent career criminal's crimes just because you love him, to make total dupes of law-enforcement people who are trying to do their assigned job of bringing known violent career criminals to justice before the law by pretending to work with them to chase these criminals down, and to accept and spend stolen money (Doug's blood-stained loot money) on the renovation of a hockey rink for local kids, instead of procuring more honest ways to obtain such funds, and to help a known violent career criminal with a long record of armed robbery, aggravated assault (and the committing of 2 murders after having told his girlfriend that he'd never killed anyone.), become a fugitive from justice before the law.

I really sympathized with and rooted for FBI Agts. Adam Frawley, Dino Ciampa and the other law enforcement people because I really wanted Doug and his men to be caught, tried for and charge with their crimes, and sent to serve long, hard time in a Federal penitentiary. I also hoped that Claire would be criminally prosecuted, or at least put on some sort of probation for being an accessory to Doug MacRay's violent crimes and for receiving stolen goods.

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