The Brink's Job

Screening on Film
Directed by William Friedkin.
With Peter Falk, Peter Boyle, Allen Goorwitz.
US, 1978, 35mm, color, 104 min.
Print source: Universal

This spirited homage to Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958) is a recreation of the actual 1950 Brink’s robbery by a gang of North End hoods. Life briefly imitated art when local mobsters shook down producer Dino De Laurentiis during the production’s summer shoot in Boston. The Brink’s Job's  playful evocation of 1950s Boston and the screwy Tony Pino gang becomes increasingly dark and bizarre as the truth emerges about the bank, the FBI, and what happens to people who get in over their heads.

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