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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Amusa
William Redfield ...
Lt. Hoover
Ma Murch
Warden (as Graham P. Jarvis)
Rollo the Bartender
Seth Allen ...
Happy Hippie
Cop At Police Station
Lee Wallace ...
Dr. Strauss
Robert Weil ...
Lynne Gordon ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

26 January 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

How to Steal a Diamond in Four Uneasy Lessons  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »


While scouting the police station, Dortmunder is mugged of his watch with the wide leather wrist band. However, when they leave the police station by helicopter, the watch is back on his wrist. See more »


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This may be the movie that hooked me on caper films.
18 March 2003 | by (Sacramento, California) – See all my reviews

I saw this film for the first time when I was a kid of about 4th grade age. It hooked me then and has stuck with me ever since as an enjoyable, fun, light caper movie. Granted it is not deep, serious or complicated. You do, however, "get your money's worth" because there is more than one caper that gets pulled for the good guys to finally come out ahead. If you are looking for fun adventure with the 70's charm and very little violence and virtually no adult language, give this movie a try.

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