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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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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 Tale Of The Traveling Rock See more (58 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)
 
Other crew
John Foster .... helicopter pilot
 
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101 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
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 »
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:
Dortmunder:It's good, and it's bad. There's a guaranteed return, and that's good. But the guarantor is Amusa, and Amusa's a rookie, and that's bad. But it's an easily transportable object, and that's good. Only it's in a rotten position in the museum, 30 steps to the quickest exit...
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The Tale Of The Traveling Rock, 8 January 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Hot Rock has a soft spot in my heart because the area of Brooklyn where a lot of the film was shot, I know very well, Eastern Parkway, The Botanical Gardens and most of all The Brooklyn Museum I know very well from years of living in the Borough of homes and churches. The Brooklyn Museum is where the elusive Hot Rock resides or at least where it first resides.

Robert Redford is released from prison and his brother-in-law George Segal is there to greet him. As Redford says to warden Graham Jarvis there ain't no chance in hell he's going straight. Straight into another caper that Segal has lined up for him with Ron Leibman and Paul Sand.

The amiable team is hired by African ambassador Moses Gunn from some fictional central African country to get a national treasure, a rather large diamond on display at the Brooklyn Museum. They do steal the diamond, but through an incredible combination of circumstances have to plan and execute four different break-ins before The Hot Rock is in their hands.

Redford and Segal display a good chemistry, as good as the fabled co-starring chemistry of Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Why they were not heralded as a buddy combination is beyond me.

Stealing the film in whatever scenes they are in are shyster attorney Zero Mostel and his doofus of a son, Paul Sand. In the first caper at the museum, Sand gets caught and what he does with the diamond sets up the entire rest of the film.

As for Zero we find he's an attorney with absolutely no scruples whatsoever, the kind they make excellent lawyer jokes about. But he does give us some excellent laughs.

The Hot Rock is something on the order of an American domestic version of Topkapi. The laughs in it are good and strong, although some of the Seventies fashions make me wince. Despite that the film holds up well today. I'm surprised no one is thinking of remaking this one.

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