Dr. Amusa approaches Dortmunder about a valuable gem in a museum that is of great signifigance to his people in Africa, stolen during colonial times. Dortmunder assembles a crack team of cat burglars and hatches an elaborate plan for stealing the gem. Despite their care and experience, circumstances and plain bad luck keep the gem just out of their reach.Written by
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While scouting the police station, Dortmunder is approached by a mugger who takes an interest in his watch with the wide leather wrist band. The mugger is a couple of feet from him. However,when the shot cuts to Dortmunder's view of the street, we clearly see the mugger walking out of a doorway on the far side of the street. See more »
You take failure too hard. I don't mind it so much anymore.
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The 20th Century Fox logo is erased away via a "snake effect". See more »
The original network television version included two extra scenes. The first one is where the hypnotist, that is hired, explaining to Redford's gang how hypnosis works and how he can hypnotize the bank worker. He tells them the trigger phrase will be "Afghanistan banana stand", which Redford later says to the bank worker to obey his commands. The second one occurs at the end of the movie where Abe Greenberg and Dr. Amusa go to the bank to retrieve the diamond, but are disappointed to discover Dortmunder already took it from the safe deposit box. See more »
Listen To The Melody
Music and arrangement: Quincy Jones
Performed by: Tata with The Ian Smith Singers See more »
Another Great Movie Missing from the Video Shelves
This film is taken from one of a series of books by Donald E. Westlake about John Dortmunder & his various cronies who try to pull off big capers but never quite succeed. Anyone who likes this movie should try picking up the novel it's based on.
If, as other posters have written, Robert Redford has prevented release of this movie on video then that's a shame since this is a very funny & enjoyable crime caper film with some good actors & good New York City locations. Recently, it has been on Cinemax (which I don't have) a couple times so maybe that is a prelude to a future video re-release.
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