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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...

Director:

Peter Yates

Writers:

Donald E. Westlake (novel), William Goldman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Seth Allen ... Happy Hippie
Robert Levine ... Cop At Police Station
Lee Wallace Lee Wallace ... Dr. Strauss
Robert Weil ... Albert
Lynne Gordon Lynne Gordon ... Miasmo
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They're out to steal the hottest diamond in town with the funniest schemes in history ! See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

How to Steal a Diamond in Four Uneasy Lessons See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When this was first shown on Britain's ITV in the Autumn of 1976, it went under its original title, "The Hot Rock'. After getting a UK cinema release under the title" How to Steal a Diamond in 4 Uneasy Lessons ", TV viewers thought they were getting a brand new Robert Redford movie, and there was great consternation when they realised it was the same movie. See more »

Goofs

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

Greenberg: [to his dad, Abe Greenberg, who has just sold out his son's gang] Don't expect me for any more Sunday drives, dad.
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Crazy Credits

The 20th Century Fox logo is erased away via a "snake effect". See more »

Alternate Versions

The version of the film shown on AMC (American Movie Classics) features an extra scene after Robert Redford has already left the bank with the Sahara diamond with his partners, where Zero Mostel and Moses Gunn arrive at the bank not knowing that Redford had taken the diamond from the safety deposit box. The newly released DVD by Fox omits this scene and the film ends as they getaway in the station wagon driving along Park Avenue and the End Credits shown instantly afterwards. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

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Music and arrangement: Quincy Jones
Performed by: Tata with The Ian Smith Singers
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User Reviews

Another Great Movie Missing from the Video Shelves
8 August 1999 | by H Lime-2See 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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