The Brink's Job

  • 1978
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Comedy, Crime

This is the Gang That Couldn't Rob Straight, not a genius among 'em; they're a bunch of klutzes who discover that Brink's is not nearly so careful as it should be, so they rob the company. Falk is the nominal leader, but he has recently become so identified with "Colombo" that it's hard to see him as a criminal and not a cop, despite his Damon Runyan-crook...read more

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This is the Gang That Couldn't Rob Straight, not a genius among 'em; they're a bunch of klutzes who discover that Brink's is not nearly so careful as it should be, so they rob the company. Falk is the nominal leader, but he has recently become so identified with "Colombo" that it's hard

to see him as a criminal and not a cop, despite his Damon Runyan-crook portrayals (in POCKETFUL OF MIRACLES, for example). Unless he accepts some very weird part--such as an Indian chief or a British diplomat--he may always suffer from the Colombo comparison. Boyle, Goorwitz (now Garfield again),

Oates, Sorvino, Murphy, and O'Connor make up this unlikely group of robbers. There's virtually no suspense or excitement. A bunch of guys get together and pull a job; that's about it. The film meanders at 118 minutes; it might have had greater impact had less energy been spent assembling the

crooks and more used in character development. All technical credits are first rate, but Friedkin doesn't draw enough on his substantial cinematic talent. Since THE FRENCH CONNECTION, he seems to have headed downhill. Either that, or he's decided that being a director is not good enough; he must

now be an auteur. He still must have some good work in him, but you couldn't tell it by the yawns in THE BRINK'S JOB. The film's art direction earned an Oscar nomination.

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  • Released: 1978
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: This is the Gang That Couldn't Rob Straight, not a genius among 'em; they're a bunch of klutzes who discover that Brink's is not nearly so careful as it should be, so they rob the company. Falk is the nominal leader, but he has recently become so identifie… (more)

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