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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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Vinnie Costa (as Allen Goorwitz)
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Mary Pino
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J. Edgar Hoover
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Sandy Richardson
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Claudia Peluso ...
Gladys
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H.H. Rightmire
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Mutt Murphy
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Daniels
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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 robbery nobody thought could happen by the guys nobody thought could pull it off. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | History

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8 December 1978 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$15,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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

Actual reporters/photographers who covered the original robbery were used as extras in the film as themselves. See more »

Goofs

The real "Specs" O'Keefe got his nickname for always wearing horn rimmed glasses, but O'Keefe does not wear glasses in the film. See more »

Quotes

Stanley Gusciora: [being interrogated] What do you want to hear first, I did the Lindbergh kidnapping, or I started the Korean War?
[cackles]
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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 »


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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some good bits of a caper
18 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

In 1938 Boston, petty criminal Tony Pino (Peter Falk) and his robbery gang get caught. In 1944, his friend Joe McGinnis (Peter Boyle) picks him up after getting released from prison. He rejoins wife Mary (Gena Rowlands). He gets a new crew which includes idiot brother-in-law Vinnie (Allen Garfield), disturbed war veteran Specs O'Keefe (Warren Oates), and Jazz Maffie (Paul Sorvino). The bumbling crew struggles to rob a candy factory. Tony passes by Brink's and is enticed by the cash. He talks into the warehouse and copies a key. The crew starts stealing from the trucks but no one seems to catch on. They realize the careless security and robs the vault for $1 million. The large amount and notoriety draws in J. Edgar Hoover (Sheldon Leonard).

It's a fine period heist movie from William Friedkin. There's a bit of fun. This is not a high functioning crew. It could easily turn into a more slapstick comedy than it already is. There are some great idiocy like Specs suggesting blasting the vault with a bazooka. There are bits and pieces of goodness but I'm less enamored with the last section. It becomes a muddle as the crew is gathered up. The action is lost and I can't figure out each character. Normally, the action would go bigger into the climax. I do have respect for going the other way including Mary casually making dinner for the cops.


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