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The Brink's Job (1978)

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A handful of bumbling crooks pull off the heist of the century in spite of themselves in this blend of comedy and action. Tony Pino (Peter Faulk) is a small time crook whose attempts to stage large scale robberies have a habit of going very, very wrong, and he fares better at running a diner and fencing stolen radios than making a living as a thief. However, while casing out a Goodwill office with his brother in law Vinnie (Allen Goorwitz) in hopes of robbing the safe, Tony notices the Brink's Armored Car Company's building near by, and starts to wonder how hard it would be to break in. The more Tony investigates, the more he discovers the security at Brink's is more a matter of reputation than intricate design, and that getting in after hours would be within his abilities. Tony assembles a crew of thieves -- clumsy Vinnie, sharp-dressing bookie Jazz (Paul Sorvino), money launderer Joe (Peter Boyle), fast-talking but edgy Specs (Warren Oates), funny man Stanley (Kevin J. O'Connor) and nice guy Sandy (Gerard Murphy) -- and together they pull off the biggest cash robbery of their time, walking away with $1.5 million. But stealing the money is one thing -- keeping their mouths shut and not going crazy as they wait for the statute of limitations to run out on the job is something else. Also starring Gena Rowlands, The Brink's Job was inspired by the real life robbery of the Brink's company's Boston headquarters in January 1950; as the ends credits note, at the time of the movie's release in 1978, it was the only successful robbery of a Brink's company building, though a Brink's armored car would be ambushed by thieves in Nanuet, New York in 1980.

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Cast

Peter Falk
as Tony Pino
Peter Boyle
as Joe McGinnis
Warren Oates
as Specs O'Keefe
Allen Garfield
as Vinnie Costa
Gena Rowlands
as Mary Pino
Paul Sorvino
as Jazz Maffie
Sheldon Leonard
as J. Edgar Hoover
Gerard Murphy
as Sandy Richardson
Kevin O'Connor
as Stanley `Guss' Gusciora
Patrick Hines
as H.H. Rightmire
Malachy McCourt
as Mutt Murphy
Randy Jurgensen
as FBI Agent
John Brandon
as FBI Agent
Earl Hindman
as FBI Agent
John Farrel
as FBI Agent
John Farrell
as F.B.I. Agent
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Critic Reviews for The Brink's Job

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Arguably William Friedkin's funniest film.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for The Brink's Job

½

A fair attempt at a comedy heist riding on the coat tails of The Sting. The Sting was far better however this film deserves a look on a searing hot day when you're stuck indoors and you've already watched everything else On Demand.

Theo Hovenga
Theo Hovenga

Fun heist film (from the director of the Exorcist??) with a fine cast of underrated actors.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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Uninteresting & not funny

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

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