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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 robbery nobody thought could happen by the guys nobody thought could pull it off. 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

There is a brief view of a coffee shop that appears to be a parody of Edward Hopper's famous painting Nighthawks. See more »

Goofs

The first time the whole group enters Brink's, 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 Brink's robbery took place in January 1950, Sands of Iwo Jima was not released until march 1950. 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 »


Soundtracks

World Events
(uncredited)
Music by J.S. Zamecnik
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some good bits of a caper
18 November 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee 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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