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Director:
Writers:
Donald E. Westlake (novel)
William Goldman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 January 1972 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
How many times does it take to steal the same diamond? See more »
Plot:
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... Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
The Swinging Seventies See more (59 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Redford ... Dortmunder

George Segal ... Kelp

Ron Leibman ... Murch

Paul Sand ... Greenberg

Moses Gunn ... Dr. Amusa
William Redfield ... Lt. Hoover

Topo Swope ... Sis

Charlotte Rae ... Ma Murch
Graham Jarvis ... Warden (as Graham P. Jarvis)
Harry Bellaver ... Rollo the Bartender
Seth Allen ... Happy Hippie

Robert Levine ... Cop At Police Station
Lee Wallace ... Dr. Strauss
Robert Weil ... Albert
Lynne Gordon ... Miasmo
Grania O'Malley ... Bird Lady
Fred Cook ... Otto
Mark Dawson ... Big Museum Guard
Gilbert Lewis ... Museum Guard #1
George Bartenieff ... Museum Guard #2
Ed Bernard ... Policeman

Charles White ... Policeman

Christopher Guest ... Policeman

Zero Mostel ... Abe Greenberg
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Burt Richards ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Arnold Williams ... Prisoner (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Yates 
 
Writing credits
Donald E. Westlake (novel)

William Goldman (screenplay)

Produced by
Hal Landers .... producer
Bobby Roberts .... producer
 
Original Music by
Quincy Jones 
 
Cinematography by
Edward R. Brown (director of photography) (as Ed Brown)
 
Film Editing by
Fred W. Berger 
Frank P. Keller 
 
Casting by
Alixe Gordin 
 
Production Design by
John Robert Lloyd 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Drumheller 
 
Costume Design by
Ruth Morley 
 
Makeup Department
Irving Buchman .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
David Golden .... executive production supervisor
Saul Wurtzel .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicholas Sgarro .... second unit director (as Nick Sgarro)
Ted Zachary .... assistant director
Alice H. Bell .... second assistant director (uncredited)
John Nicolella .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Allan Wertheim .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Robert Hart .... carpenter (uncredited)
John Mortensen .... props (uncredited)
Morris Weinman .... set dresser (uncredited)
Jack Wright Jr. .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James Sabat .... sound
Theodore Soderberg .... sound
Robert Rogow .... boom operator (uncredited)
Don Winclair .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ira Anderson Jr. .... special mechanical effects
Tony Parmelee .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Carey Loftin .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Brown .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Adger W. Cowans .... still photographer (uncredited)
Vincent Delaney .... best boy (uncredited)
Richard Falk .... gaffer (uncredited)
Peter Garbarini .... camera operator (uncredited)
Martin Nallan .... key grip (uncredited)
Tom Volpe .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Ron Zarilla .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joseph W. Dehn .... wardrobe (as Joe Dehn)
Peggy Farrell .... wardrobe (as Peggy Farrel)
 
Music Department
Ray Brown .... soundtrack musician: bass
Carol Kaye .... soundtrack musician: fender bass
Gerry Mulligan .... soundtrack musician: baritone sax
Bobbi Porter .... soundtrack musician: congas/bongos
Chuck Rainey .... soundtrack musician: fender bass
Emil Richards .... soundtrack musician: percussion
Jerome Richardson .... soundtrack musician: sax
Frank Rosolino .... soundtrack musician: trombone
Phil Schier .... music mixer
Grady Tate .... soundtrack musician: drums
Clark Terry .... soundtrack musician: trumpet
Douglas O. Williams .... music mixer (as Douglas Williams)
Dennis Budimir .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Dennis Dudimer .... soundtrack musician (uncredited)
Victor Feldman .... musician: vibraphone (uncredited)
Clare Fischer .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Bobby Jean Hall .... soundtrack musician (uncredited)
Milt Holland .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Michael Melvoin .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Howard A. Roberts .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Bud Shank .... musician: reeds (uncredited)
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John Foster .... helicopter pilot
Monroe Friedman .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"How to Steal a Diamond in Four Uneasy Lessons" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK
"Hot Rock" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
101 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
During the helicopter scene, both towers of the World Trade Center are shown under construction.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Dr. Amusa:I won't pay a penny more than $25,000 a man.
Dortmunder:I didn't ask for any more.
Dr. Amusa:It comes to a total of exactly $100,000. Four men. If you need five, you'll each take less.
Kelp:What if we can do it with three?
Dr. Amusa:That will still be $25,000. I wouldn't want to encourage greed.
Kelp:There's no greed around here, Doctor. We're all men of goodwill.
Dr. Amusa:If I weren't a man of goodwill, I might think that some of us lied about the prison records of others of us. As it is, I know it was only an oversight.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
When You BelieveSee more »

FAQ

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
The Swinging Seventies, 8 October 1999
Author: Dibyaduti Purkayastha (tipup@hotmail.com) from New Delhi, India

There is always a risk with these 'period' pieces that it will become dated very easily with changing tastes & expectations. Fortunately, caper movies are still getting made ('Entrapment'), Redford is still a sex-symbol, & crime still pays. So 'Hot Rock' is as eminently watchable today as it was way back then, provided of course you don't start wondering too much about the plot. Ride Quincy Jones' music (Gerry Mulligan plays the sax) & Redford's easy charm & you are safe home.

The performances all round are very muted, except the wonderful Zero Mostel's over-the-top crooked lawyer. At times you feel everybody is just too reluctant to get on with it, but I guess that is the kind of 'cool seventies' effect that director Yates was trying to get (& I feel, succeeded). Anyway Yates was riding high at this time with some great movies like Bullitt & Murphy's War & his confidence shows.

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