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The Hot Rock (1972)

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...

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dortmunder
... Kelp
... Murch
... Greenberg
... Dr. Amusa
... Lt. Hoover
... Sis
... Ma Murch
... Warden (as Graham P. Jarvis)
... Rollo the Bartender
Seth Allen ... Happy Hippie
... Cop At Police Station
Lee Wallace ... Dr. Strauss
... Albert
Lynne Gordon ... Miasmo
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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 Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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A New Kind of Movie. No Sex. No Blood. No Perversion. Just Good Honest Crime. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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GP | See all certifications »
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26 January 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

How to Steal a Diamond in Four Uneasy Lessons  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the helicopter scene, both towers of the World Trade Center are shown under construction. See more »

Goofs

The police uniforms in the movie were two tone, light powder blue shirt and dark navy blue pants. The powder blue shirt wasn't introduced in New York City police uniforms until 1973, the year after this movie. See more »

Quotes

Dortmunder: I was thinking of using Saul Neisser for lock man.
Kelp: Saul's in jail now. They got him for letting a lion loose.
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The 20th Century Fox logo is erased away via a "snake effect". See more »

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When You Believe
Written by Bill Rinehart
Sung by Táta
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Another Great Movie Missing from the Video Shelves
8 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

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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