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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! See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | History

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Release Date:

8 December 1978 (USA)  »

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Brink's  »

Box Office

Budget:

$15,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$9,400,000 (USA) (31 December 1980)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Brink's of the film's title and the place where the robbery takes place is an abbreviated short form of Brinks Incorporated. The final credits declare that Brink's is a registered trademark of Brinks Incorporated. The end credits give special thanks to Brink's Incorporated for their co-operation in making this movie and state that "Since 1859 nobody has ever lost a penny entrusting their valuables to Brink's". See more »

Goofs

The first time the whole group enters Brinks, Tony is showing them around and at one point, for a joke, he tells them that they have to get down and crawl, "like John Wayne in Sands of Iwo Jima". The Brinks robbery took place in January 1950, The Sands of Iwo Jima was not released until march 1950. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Neighborhood Kid: Hey Tony, you're the greatest! Nobody ever do what you did, Tony!
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Crazy Credits

The film opens with Universal's early 1940's logo and closes with the 1970's logo. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Usual Suspects (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Accentuate the Positive
Written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer
Sung by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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Falk's Foul Mouth Ruins This
5 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When you look at this now and hear all the language in here, it's amazing this was rated "PG," but that's the 1970s rating system for you. Peter Falk spews out the Lord's name in vain six times in the first ten minutes alone in this movie! Yet, few people consider that offensive, and certainly not the scumbags who make movies nor the people who "rate" them.

The cast is a clue to how profane this film can be: Falk, Peter Boyle, Allen Garfield, Warren Oates, Gena Rowlands and Paul Sorvino aren't exactly actors you wouldn't find in "The Sound Of Music."

I like heist movies, and a lot of films by director William Friedkin, but this script doesn't deliver and it just has way too much of the "Sleazy '70s" feel to it, visually and audibly. For those who loved Falk in TV's "Columbo" it must come as a shock to hear him use as much profanity as he did in films. This is far from the only case.


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