- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 100 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: June 10, 2001
The 1978 Lufthansa heist at New York City's JFK airport was one of the most daring robberies in history. The thieves escaped with $8 million, and the job entered the annals of crime alongside the Great Train Robbery and the Brinks Heist.
Based on the book of the same name by Ernest Volkman and John Cummingswil, THE BIG HEIST tells how the FBI, the NYPD and the Nassau County Police Department worked together to bring down the dapper gangster "Irish" Jimmy Burke, the mastermind behind the crime, who is also believed to be responsible for the disappearance of several of his cohorts.
In this A&E Original Movie, Burke is played to perfection by Donald Sutherland (M*A*S*H, Ordinary People), while veteran director Robert Markowitz (The Great Gatsby, Tuskegee Airmen) keeps the fascinating story moving.
THE BIG HEIST shows how the best-laid plans of criminals and cops can go wildly awry when fortunes are at stake.