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The Hot Rock (1972)

GP  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  26 January 1972 (USA)
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Dortmunder and his pals plan to steal a huge diamond from a museum. But this turns out to be only the first time they have to steal it...

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Murch
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Greenberg
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Dr. Amusa
William Redfield ...
Lt. Hoover
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Sis
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Ma Murch
Graham Jarvis ...
Warden (as Graham P. Jarvis)
Harry Bellaver ...
Rollo the Bartender
Seth Allen ...
Happy Hippie
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Cop At Police Station
Lee Wallace ...
Dr. Strauss
Robert Weil ...
Albert
Lynne Gordon ...
Miasmo
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Dr. Amusa approaches Dortmunder about a valuable gem in a museum that is of great signifigance to his people in Africa, stolen during colonial times. Dortmunder assembles a crack team of cat burglars and hatches an elaborate plan for stealing the gem. Despite their care and experience, circumstances and plain bad luck keep the gem just out of their reach. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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They're out to steal the hottest diamond in town with the funniest schemes in history ! See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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26 January 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

How to Steal a Diamond in Four Uneasy Lessons  »

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Writer Donald E. Westlake stated in an interview that "The Hot Rock" started out to be one of his darker Richard Stark/Parker novels, but that "it kept turning funny." See more »

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When the locksmith is attempting to unlock the case in the museum, he's using only a pick. Without a tension wrench, there's no way to turn the lock cylinder, so he would never succeed in picking the lock. See more »

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[while going to meet Dr. Amusa]
Kelp: Now, listen, I didn't tell the doctor about you being in prison. I figure, why undermine his confidence? He wants the best for his money. Not that you're not the best. But a layman might wonder why you're all the time in jail.
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Amiable caper comedy with a great cast.
27 September 2002 | by (North Hemis) – See all my reviews

Another shaggy dog story by crime novelist Donald Westlake is smoothly adapted by William Goldman into this enjoyable caper flick, expertly directed by Peter Yates of BULLITT fame. Robert Redford heads the cast of kooky crooks -- others include George Segal, Ron Leibman and Paul Sand -- chasing after a big diamond purloined from an impoverished African nation. How they get it, lose it, and desperately try to get it back again makes for a pleasant time-waster. As usual, Zero Mostel steals the show as a sleazebag lawyer who's more crooked than the crooks. Other pluses include gritty location NYC photography by Ed Brown and a very cool score by Quincy Jones. Afghanistan-bananistan!


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