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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 »
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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:
" I've heard of the habitual criminal, but never the habitual crime " See more (57 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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
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)
 
Other crew
John Foster .... helicopter pilot
 
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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:
In the Dortmunder novels by Donald Westlake, Kelp always steals cars owned by medical doctors. In the movie, the license plates of the stolen cars have the letters "MD" as part of the plate number. (Kelp's reason is that doctors have expensive tastes, and their cars are usually loaded with the best options - leather seats, stereo, etc..)See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the initial conversation between Dortmunder and Kelp in the car, when the camera is on Dortmunder, his window is rolled up and no wind is apparent. Whenever the camera cuts to Kelp, however, Dortmunder is seen in the foreground with his hair being blown vigorously by an obviously open window.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Amusa:Someday the schoolbooks of my country will sing your praises.
Kelp:I don't think we want this nosed around, do we, Doctor?
Dr. Amusa:I was taking poetic license.
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Movie Connections:
Edited into The Clock (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
When You BelieveSee more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
" I've heard of the habitual criminal, but never the habitual crime ", 2 March 2009
Author: thinker1691 from USA

From the moment our hero Dortmunder (Robert Redford) is released from prison, that's good. But immediately he comes under attack and that's bad. Fortunately it's his Brother-in-law (George Segal) and that's good, who then offers him a job in a new crime caper and that's bad. However the man who hires them is called Dr. Amusa (Moses Gunn, superb character acting) is rich, and that's good, but he wants them to break into a top security Museum to steal an extremely valuable diamond worth millions and that's bad. However, since the doctor is willing to front all materials necessary to facilitate the theft, that's good, but once they enter the museum and get the precious stone, the thieves cannot seem to hang onto it and that's bad. Still, they are determined to retrieve the elusive gem and that's good. Throughout the movie, one cannot help rooting for the hapless thieves as their simple crime seems to take on a life of it's own and the hilarity of it all makes for a superb film which is destined to become a Classic. The cast of this film is exceptional as we have Ron Leibman playing Murch, Paul Sand as Greenberg and the incomparable Zero Mostel as Abe Greenburg. Altogether this movie is highly recommended to anyone in search of great entertainment. ****

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