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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 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
Robert Weil ... 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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26 January 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

How to Steal a Diamond in Four Uneasy Lessons  »

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Absurdly, the film's title was changed on its initial British release to "How To Steal A Diamond In Four Uneasy Lessons", on the grounds that people might think it was a rock-music concert film like "Woodstock". This was much disparaged at the time by journalists and members of the public, and the film has reverted to its slicker original American title for all its British TV showings and for its video and DVD releases in the UK. See more »

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While scouting the police station, Dortmunder is mugged of his watch with the wide leather wrist band. However, when they leave the police station by helicopter, the watch is back on his wrist. See more »

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