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The Brink's Job (1978)

Crime story based on the real armed robbery of the Brink's Building in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 17th, 1950.

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Cast

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Joe McGinnis
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Vinnie Costa (as Allen Goorwitz)
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Specs O'Keefe
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Mary Pino
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Jazz Maffie
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Gerard Murphy ...
Sandy Richardson
Kevin O'Connor ...
Stanley Gusciora
Claudia Peluso ...
Gladys
Patrick Hines ...
H.H. Rightmire
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Mutt Murphy
Walter Klavun ...
Daniels
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FBI agent
John Brandon ...
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Storyline

After a long spate of bad luck, the little criminal Tony and his gang successfully rob one of Brink's security transports, taking $30,000. Surprisingly their coup doesn't make the press. Curious Tony checks out their headquarters and finds out that their security standard is low beyond belief. Now a really big coup is prepared... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The greatest true comedy robbery of all time!

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8 December 1978 (USA)  »

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Big Stickup at Brink's  »

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Budget:

$15,500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In August 1978, fifteen unedited reels of the film were stolen at gunpoint from a Boston studio in a bizarre movie heist ironic to the film's heist plot. However, the stolen film was mostly outtakes and dailies that could be easily replaced. The positive prints of negatives of the film's footage were actually held by Technicolor in New York City. The robbers demanded a US $600,000 ransom. The money was never paid and the film completed without the missing footage and without any detrimental delays. When the robbers called to demand their ransom, director William Friedkin told them, "Get a projector and enjoy the film. It's all yours!". See more »

Goofs

When they are looking for the candy company safe, they have a scene in the room with tumblers full of different color gum balls. The gum balls in each tumbler should all be the same color, because the color is added in these tumblers, a different color for each tumbler. See more »

Quotes

Tony Pino: Joe, you need some underwear.
Joe McGinnis: Maybe later.
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Connections

Referenced in Da Corleone a Brooklyn (1979) See more »

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Music by J.S. Zamecnik
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A Classic Caper Movie
17 July 2002 | by (Albany, NY) – See all my reviews

Compared to the hyped up, over violent fare that passes for crime movies, this movie is no contender. But it's a warm, funny, well paced caper flick about some North Boston Italians who stumbled on to the fact that the great Brink's was a paper tiger.


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