The Hot Rock (film)

The Hot Rock (film)

Infobox Movie
name = The Hot Rock

image_size= 200px
amg_id = 1:95667
imdb_id = 0068718
producer = Hal Landers
Bobby Roberts
director = Peter Yates
writer = William Goldman
starring = Robert Redford
George Segal
Ron Leibman
Moses Gunn
music = Quincy Jones
cinematography = Edward R. Brown
editing =
distributor = Twentieth Century-Fox
released = 1972
runtime = 105 min.
language =

"The Hot Rock" (1972) is a sly comic caper movie directed by Peter Yates, starring Robert Redford, George Segal, and Moses Gunn. The film was based upon Donald E. Westlake's novel which introduced his long-running Dortmunder character.

Four more of the Dortmunder series have been filmed (with the character renamed in most instances), beginning with "Bank Shot" (1974) starring George C. Scott, and followed by "Jimmy the Kid" (1982) starring Paul LeMat (followed by a 1999 German remake); "Why Me?" (1990) starring Christopher Lambert; and "What's the Worst That Could Happen?" (2001) starring Martin Lawrence.

The soundtrack to the film was provided by Quincy Jones.

"Tagline":They're out to steal the hottest diamond in town with the funniest schemes in history !

Plot synopsis

After Dortmunder (Redford) is released from his latest stint in prison, he is approached by his brother-in-law, Andy Kelp (Segal), about another job. Dr. Amusa (Gunn) seeks a valuable gem in a Brooklyn museum that is of great significance to his people in Africa, stolen during colonial times and then re-stolen by various African nations on multiple occasions since. Kelp and Dortmunder are joined by driver Stan Murch (Ron Leibman) and explosives expert Allan Greenberg (Paul Sand), and concoct an elaborate plan for stealing the gem from a museum in Brooklyn. Things go poorly, and the quartet has to steal the diamond again and again.

First off, the diamond is eaten by Greenberg when the initial heist runs afoul and he gets caught by the police. After Greenberg tells them where he hid the rock in the police precinct jail (after bodily disposing it), another attempted heist is done on the precinct. The rock is nowhere to be found. It is later discovered that Greensberg's father (Zero Mostel) (who bailed him out of jail) was the only one who knew where it was.

After a series of clever bluffs, Mr. Greenberg reveals that he put it in his safe deposit box. With the help of a hypnotist, Dortmunder is able to gain access to the safe deposit box and retrieve the rock. As he exits the bank, Mr. Greenberg and Dr. Amusa (who had made a separate deal with Greenberg for the rock after Dormunder's incompetence) arrive at the bank not knowing Dortmunder's success. Dortmunder climbs into a car where the others are waiting and a rousing cheer erupts as they drive off.


One lengthy scene depicts the gang flying by helicopter through Manhattan to break into a police station. During this footage, the helicopter flies close to the World Trade Center, then under construction. During some broadcasts of the film in 2005, television station TBS edited this sequence out of the film.

External links

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