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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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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)  »

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How to Steal a Diamond in Four Uneasy Lessons  »

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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 »

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Dortmunder is mugged for his watch, which is a wide leather banded watch whose buckle strap tapers to a thin strip. Later, in the helicopter when he says "Not me", we see him wearing a brown leather watch with a wide buckle strap this time, presumably a replacement. However, later we see him in the bar wearing a watch with a metal wristband. See more »

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Abe Greenberg: While you're practicing up on your penmanship, you might leave a little time for a refresher course in plastic surgery. I've been tipping people at that bank for years. Everybody knows Abe Greenberg. That key won't get you anything. Even if you forge my name, you'll never forge this amiable countenance.
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Followed by Bank Shot (1974) See more »

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Hot Rock Theme
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Sung by The Don Elliott Voices (uncredited)
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The Best Dortmunder Adaptation
25 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

This was my introduction to my favorite author and his prized creation (under his name anyway) Donald Westalke's John Dortmunder and crew make for a great book, so far thirteen and counting. This movie is based on the first book and one of the best.

I won't get into the plot because it's been gone over before, but Peter Yates and William Goldman crafted a pretty fine entertaining film, it may not be as good as the book (in fact it's not) but it doesn't stray too far, you got Robert Redford who's good in about everything. When i was reading the books at first i pictured him as Dortmunder, but my mental image soon switched to Walter Matthau. Then George Segal is a pitch perfect Andy Kelp, i don't think anyone could have been better. As a gearhead, my favorite character of the series is the driver Stan Murch, and Ron Leibman embodies him perfectly.

Overall the film is much better then other adaptations like "Bank Shot" with George C. Scott, and "What's the Worst that Could Happen?" with Martin Lawrence, and only slightly better than "Why Me?" with Christopher Lambert, and if you haven't read any Donald Westlake, you should. You really should, start with any of the Dortmunder books, and you'll get hooked.


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