A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series offers details about the art heist and subsequent investigations. It also uncovers some of the mistakes made by the museum and by law enforcement before and after the robbery.
Positive Role Models
Mistakes are made by the museum staff and by law enforcement before and after the robbery. Many Italian gangsters have been associated with the crime.
Violence & Scariness
The series centers around a major theft. A man is shown tied up and duct taped, both in reenactments and in archived photos. Brutal murders are described, and guns are shown in reenactments.
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Words like "hell," "ass," and "goddamn," and curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are audible.
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Products & Purchases
References are made to the criminals and a Dodge Daytona. The value of the art itself is in the hundred millions.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Reenactments show cigarettes being put out and beer bottles. The cocaine trade, as it relates to the illegal art trade is discussed, and cocaine is visible. An overdose is discussed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that This Is a Robbery: The World's Biggest Art Heist is a true crime documentary about the unsolved 1990 heist of Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Interviews and reenactments discuss violent acts, and occasionally archival footage features some disturbing images of people with bloody wounds and a man left bound and blindfolded. Reenactments also feature guns, cigarettes, and beer. There's some occasional cursing, too ("hell," "ass," "s--t" and "f--k"). Organized crime and drug trafficking is also discussed.
Is It Any Good?
This interesting series offers some in-depth details surrounding the robbery of the eclectic Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and about the investigation. It raises questions about what happened on March 18th, including whether or not it was an inside job. It reveals a few of the suspects who were ruled out at the time, including Rick Abath, one of the security guards on duty that night. It also highlights how the museum building -- thanks to its age and lack of upgrades at that time -- was a unique target.
It's a little slow at the beginning, and the overall series lacks the sensationalism associated with most true crime murder documentaries. But This Is a Robbery picks up as the narrative evolves, and alleged connections are made between stolen art and outfits like the Italian mafia and the Irish Republican Army. As these scenarios are discussed, it puts the heist in a bigger context, and underscores that the significance of the crime goes beyond money. If you like this sort of thing, chances are you'll find yourself fascinated by some of what is discussed here.
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