Purportedly based on a magazine article by Joseph F. Dineen (titled "They Stole $2,500,000--and Got Away with It") that detailed the infamous Boston Brink's robbery, SIX BRIDGES TO CROSS' plot and characters bear only passing resemblance to that case or the men who were involved in it. Curtis stars in this traditional rise-and-fall crime story, shot on...read more
Purportedly based on a magazine article by Joseph F. Dineen (titled "They Stole $2,500,000--and Got Away with It") that detailed the infamous Boston Brink's robbery, SIX BRIDGES TO CROSS' plot and characters bear only passing resemblance to that case or the men who were involved in it.
Curtis stars in this traditional rise-and-fall crime story, shot on location in and around Boston. His character is played as a boy by Mineo, who, through a series of standard events, is shown turning to a life of crime, while a documentary-style narrator fills in the gaps and gives a deadly
serious air to the proceedings. Despite the concerned attentions of kindly cop Nader and his wife, Adams, Mineo graduates from juvenile criminal pursuits to bigger and badder capers. Now played by Curtis, the young hoodlum decides to please his unoffically adopted parents and pretends to go
straight, all the while planning the ultimate heist--the Brink's job. Finally the time is right and the plan is enacted. Curtis and his gang pull off the robbery without a hitch and make off with $2.5 million. After the flawless robbery, Curtis has a change of heart and decides against leaving the
country with the loot. Secretly, he decides to return the money to Brink's and remain in Boston, but one of the gang members learns of the plan and kills him. Aside from the magnificent location shooting and a few fine moments from Mineo in the early scenes, SIX BRIDGES TO CROSS offers nothing new
or fresh to the viewer. Perhaps if they had stuck to the facts the film would have been more than a tired cliche. Tony Pino, the real mastermind behind the Brink's robbery, was indeed a small-time hood before planning the heist of his life. Researching the Brink's operation for six years, he
uncovered all the company's flaws and devised a foolproof plan to rob the vaults. Using an amazingly large gang, Pino made off with exactly $2,775,395.12. The job took only 20 minutes. A more accurate version of this material was filmed in 1978 as THE BRINK'S JOB, starring Peter Falk. Directed by
William Freidkin (THE FRENCH CONNECTION; THE EXORCIST), that film also has some flaws, but for those interested in the actual Brink's robbery it comes much closer to the truth.
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