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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:
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
Allan Wertheim .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Robert Hart .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James Sabat .... sound
Theodore Soderberg .... sound
Robert Rogow .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ira Anderson Jr. .... special mechanical effects
 
Stunts
Carey Loftin .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
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)
Victor Feldman .... musician: vibraphone (uncredited)
Clare Fischer .... musician: keyboards (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
 
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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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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
Composer Quincy Jones was so impressed by the performance of his musicians for the soundtrack of the film, that he requested to Twentieth Century-Fox and the producers of the film to give them on screen credit during the end credits of the film. The featured performers given credit on screen were (among others): Gerry Mulligan, Grady Tate, Jerome Richardson, Frank Rosolino, Clark Terry and the Don Elliott Voices, who were all popular jazz musicians at the time.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
Abe Greenberg:While you're practicing up on your penmanship, you might leave a little time for a refresher course in plastic surgery. I've been tipping people at that bank for years. Everybody knows Abe Greenberg. That key won't get you anything. Even if you forge my name, you'll never forge this amiable countenance.See more »
Soundtrack:
When You BelieveSee more »

FAQ

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4 out of 4 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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