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Ben Affleck’s Favourite Heist Movies for the 31st January release of The Town

21 January 2011

Doug MacRay is an unrepentant criminal, the de facto leader of a group of ruthless bank robbers who pride themselves in stealing what they want and getting out clean.   With no real attachments, Doug never has to fear losing anyone close to him. But that all changed on the gang’s latest job, when they briefly took a hostage, bank manager. Though they let her go unharmed, she is nervously aware that the robbers know her name…and where she lives. But she lets her guard down when she meets an unassuming and charming man called Doug … not realising that he is the same man who only days earlier had terrorised her. The instant attraction between them gradually turns into a passionate romance that threatens to take them both down a dangerous path.

In preparation for the release of THE TOWN on DVD and Blu-ray Jan 31, we’ve got an interview with Ben Affleck discussing the Heist movies that inspired his latest crime-thriller.

The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)

It's an exceptional film. It's not sexed up, it's not glam. You feel like these are real guys, who really are doing this. And the stakes feel kind of dangerous and real in a sort of slightly scary, upsetting way.

Rififi (1955)

There's an incredible sequence in "Rififi" where there's no sound during the robbery. It's just magnificent.

Heat (1995)

When I was interviewing people in prison they referenced "Heat." And when I was interviewing the FBI, they referenced "Heat." [It] is the one movie that's cited as the real thing by people who really do that stuff.

Inception (2010)

It's the perfect example of story driving the visuals.

Ocean's Eleven (2001)

That's the perfect example of a movie that's smart and still fun. You really are having a good time and rooting for these guys, and I think it spawned a whole sub-genre of movies afterward.

The Bank Job (2008)

It feels gritty and real, but also, it's also sexy and fun. It was a sense of discovery about England and this era and the sense that they got it right.

The Usual Suspects (1995)

It was the first modern movie that had that incredible twist. That reveal at the end of the movie that was done so expertly, where they threaded it, and you thought you were watching one movie, and at the very end, you realized you were watching a completely different movie. It was magnificent.

The Killing (1956)

It never felt like a movie, it always felt like you were watching something real, a documentary about it. And I think that is the best feeling you can get.

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

You never saw much of the robbery itself. And it was just incredible writing. You realized you didn’t need to see guys with explosives, hanging from wires, to feel the tension.

Snatch (2000)

I think Brad Pitt is as good in "Snatch" as anyone's been in anything. It's a cool, fun, energetic, gripping movie to watch. And it's got a great title.

Point Break (1991)

It had this really creative, interesting, visual way that these robberies would happen, that didn't undermine the film's sense of realism.

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