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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 Best Dortmunder Adaptation 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:
Albert Henderson ... Prison Property Clerk (uncredited)
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)
Jimmy Israel .... dga trainee (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:
Miscellaneous: The Swedish 9mm SMG used is by no means realistic. They are both mounted with the special barrel and security equipment used for firing blanks for this actual type of SMG - plastic bullets that disintegrates when fired - only used in combat training.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Amusa:[On being presented with yet another request for assistance] I've heard of the habitual criminal, of course. But I never dreamed I'd become involved with the habitual CRIME.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
When You BelieveSee more »

FAQ

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
The Best Dortmunder Adaptation, 25 March 2007
Author: royiscool86 from United States

This was my introduction to my favorite author and his prized creation (under his name anyway) Donald Westalke's John Dortmunder and crew make for a great book, so far thirteen and counting. This movie is based on the first book and one of the best.

I won't get into the plot because it's been gone over before, but Peter Yates and William Goldman crafted a pretty fine entertaining film, it may not be as good as the book (in fact it's not) but it doesn't stray too far, you got Robert Redford who's good in about everything. When i was reading the books at first i pictured him as Dortmunder, but my mental image soon switched to Walter Matthau. Then George Segal is a pitch perfect Andy Kelp, i don't think anyone could have been better. As a gearhead, my favorite character of the series is the driver Stan Murch, and Ron Leibman embodies him perfectly.

Overall the film is much better then other adaptations like "Bank Shot" with George C. Scott, and "What's the Worst that Could Happen?" with Martin Lawrence, and only slightly better than "Why Me?" with Christopher Lambert, and if you haven't read any Donald Westlake, you should. You really should, start with any of the Dortmunder books, and you'll get hooked.

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