The Brink’s Job (1978)
The Brink’s Job is a 1978 film directed by William Friedkin and starring Peter Falk, Peter Boyle, Allen Garfield, Warren Oates, Gena Rowlands and Paul Sorvino. It is based on the Brink’s robbery in Boston, where almost 3 million dollars was stolen. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction (Dean Tavoularis, Angelo P. Graham, George R. Nelson). Notably, in August 1978, 15 unedited reels of the film were stolen at gunpoint. The robbers demanded a $600000 ransom. The money was never paid, because the robbers, showing a distinct lack of filmmaking knowledge, hijacked outtakes and dailies, positive prints of negatives were being held by Technicolor in New York City. The material was replaced with no significant delay. The robbers, however, made a ransom call, which triggered an investigation by the FBI. During the ransom call, Friedkin told the robbers to “get a projector and enjoy the film; it was all theirs”.
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