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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.

Director:

William Friedkin

Writers:

Walon Green (screenplay), Noel Behn (based on "Big Stickup At Brink's")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Tony Pino
Peter Boyle ... Joe McGinnis
Allen Garfield ... Vinnie Costa (as Allen Goorwitz)
Warren Oates ... Specs O'Keefe
Gena Rowlands ... Mary Pino
Paul Sorvino ... Jazz Maffie
Sheldon Leonard ... J. Edgar Hoover
Gerard Murphy Gerard Murphy ... Sandy Richardson
Kevin O'Connor Kevin O'Connor ... Stanley Gusciora
Claudia Peluso Claudia Peluso ... Gladys
Patrick Hines Patrick Hines ... H. H. Rightmire
Malachy McCourt ... Mutt Murphy
Walter Klavun Walter Klavun ... Daniels
Randy Jurgensen ... F.B.I. Agent
John Brandon John Brandon ... F.B.I. Agent
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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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Taglines:

The greatest true comedy robbery of all time! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | History

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

8 December 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brink's See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,400,000, 31 December 1980
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Part of the movie was filmed at the garage where the actual robbery took place. The garage now is just a regular parking garage and no longer is used by Brink's. See more »

Goofs

The railroad tracks they walk across are not electrified. Subway tracks that utilize electric power have a third rail. See more »

Quotes

Stanley Gusciora: Your Honor, I can't do no 20 years.
Judge: Well do as much as you can, son.
[bangs gavel]
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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 »

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Referenced in The Usual Suspects (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

World Events
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Music by J.S. Zamecnik
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Crackers
25 May 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

William Friedkin directs this period heist black comedy based on true facts and it is very different from the rest of his output.

Peter Falks plays Tony Pino a small time Boston petty crook. Even after being released from jail he and his bumbling gang which includes brother in law Vinnie (Allen Garfield) struggle to pull off a decent job such as robbing a bubble gum factory.

Pino notices that the local Brink's warehouse has lax security. When he cases the joint he notices that Brink's is too stingy to spend money in having a decent security system and he can just walk in. Their promotion of having an impregnable fortress is just baloney.

In 1950 Pino and his men stole over a million dollars in cash. FBI director J Edgar Hoover (Sheldon Leonard) took a personal interest in the robbery thinking it was the work of communists. He spent $25 million to try to apprehend the gang.

Friedkin displays a lightness of touch but the script has paper thin characters. The comedy and the heist needed more emphasis such as in the Italian film Persons Unknown, later remade by Louis Malle as Crackers. The casting of Peter Falk and Gena Rowlands harks back to the John Cassavetes dramas.


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