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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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 ... 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:

$7,909,950

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,909,950
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The march that's used as a theme for the FBI is from Sergei Prokofiev's 1919 opera "The Love for Three Oranges". It had previously been used as the theme of the radio show "The FBI in Peace and War", which aired on CBS from 1944 to 1958. 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 »

Connections

References Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

In the Mood
Written by Wingy Manone, Andy Razaf and Joe Garland (uncredited)
by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra (as Glenn Miller and his Orchestra)
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Worth The Fare
26 March 2007 | by willabSee all my reviews

I've been trying to pick up a VHS of this flick for 2 years and finally won it on an auction. It was on AMC a few years back and I caught about 30 minutes of it. I was so intrigued that I started to look for a chance to buy it.

I thoroughly enjoyed this film, a great cast with a young Peter Falk leading the way. Peter Boyle was realistic in his portrayal of the money launderer. Used VHS tapes are out there and although this robbery occurred in the 50's there is enough suspense and a ton of surprises for you. Sometimes a true story beats the best fiction a writer can come up with.


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