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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

Adam Holender was originally scheduled as the film's cinematographer, but creative differences with Peter Yates saw him replaced by camera operator Edward R. Brown just before the start of filming. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Abe Greenberg: I am sometime so astute, it's remarkable. There are some things people will not do.
Dortmunder: But there's things that get done that you can't do yourself. There's things that happen that you can make happen! Am I right, Chicken?
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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

Followed by What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Hot Rock Theme
Written and Performed by Quincy Jones
Sung by The Don Elliott Voices (uncredited)
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User Reviews

A nice comedy in a sad era for fashion
4 July 1999 | by SoyaSee all my reviews

Robert Redford plays an ex-convict named "Dortmunder" who, with the help of Kelp (George Segal), Merch (Ron Leibman) and Greenberg (Peter Sands), undertake a goofy and delightful heist of a valuable diamond. This diamond, named the Sahara Stone, was stolen by both the United States and Africa for many generations, and Dr. Amusa (Moses Gunn) hires this unwieldy bunch to steal it back from the U.S. They steal it from a museum (using a huge car explosion), then from the prison, then from a police station before finally getting fired. However, all is not lost, for then Dortmunder actually gets the thing (with the help of a hypnotist and a gullible guard) from a maximum security bank. This is a great movie for those who like eating pizza in front of the TV!


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