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||IMDB Rating: 6.5/10 from R votes
||Release: 08 Dec 1978 /
||Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
||Director: William Friedkin,
||Stars: Comedy, Crime, Drama
||Synopsis: 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. ...
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Words almost fail me in talking about how much I love this film, this
very funny, very stylish portrayal of what was considered the robbery
of the last century.
First of all it could never have been done earlier. J. Edgar Hoover was
not a figure to be satirized before May of 1972 when he breathed his
last. Sheldon Leonard who plays him here and has him get it all wrong
about who pulled the Brink's Armored Car Robbery, would not have taken
the role, neither would any other actor. No one wanted to be on that
man's bad side. Hoover was not quite the figure you see Leonard play
here, though Leonard is fine in the part. Books and films subsequent to
his death still really haven't got it quite right about him.
For all of J. Edgar's fulminations about the great Communist conspiracy
at work in the Brink's job, the whole point of The Brink's Job is who
actually did it. Six very ordinary street criminals, none of them
violent felons in any way and one fence who declared himself in on the
The group is headed by Peter Falk who should have been Oscar nominated
for his portrayal of Tony Pino, the group's leader and planner. You see
The Brink's Job, Peter Falk will remain with you forever. A man without
complications and hangups, he's a thief because it's his profession. He
does have pride in how good he is though.
Some of Falk's best scenes are with his wife Gena Rowlands. She too is
a woman who stands by her man. No doubt they came from the same
hardscrabble background in Boston's Italian North End and she's
completely supportive of him and his work. In particular I love the
scene where she's bidding him off to work just like any other wife
who's husband had a night job. Don't forget your screwdriver, here's a
sandwich in case you get hungry, the scene is priceless.
I also love the scene in the restaurant where he takes her after a nice
score. Falk is at the height of his considerable talents as he tells
Rowlands of his plans for the Brink's Armored Car Company.
What everyone will love when they see this film is how comparatively
easy it was for these knockabout guys from Boston to accomplish
stealing over 4 million dollars. This score was so big, it HAD to be
the work of a master criminal mind. The thing is it was, the mind was
just not in a body where you would expect it to be found.
The others in the mob are Paul Sorvino, Kevin O'Connor, Warren Oates,
Gerard Murphy and Peter Boyle who plays the fence. But my favorite in
the mob and in the film is Allen Garfield who plays Falk's
brother-in-law and sidekick who Falk keeps around for laughs. They have
an Abbott&Costello like relationship with everything Garfield touches
turning to waste product. My favorite scene in the whole film is when
they decide to rob a gum factory payroll. Poor Garfield accidentally
presses the wrong switch and he's awash in gumballs. Falk's and
Sorvino's differing reactions are priceless.
A lot of the film was shot in Boston which in many ways is a city that
tries more than most to keep it's traditional look. I haven't been in
that city in about five years, but I daresay you could remake The
Brink's Job today in the same area.
But if you did it wouldn't be as good, that isn't possible.
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