Hot Rock

The Hot Rock

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Director: Peter Yates, Robert Redford, George Segal, Ron Leibman

Cast: Peter Yates, Robert Redford, George Segal, Ron Leibman

     
 

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Peter Yates directs the early '70s comedy caper The Hot Rock, based on the Donald Westlake novel and adapted for the screen by William Goldman. Robert Redford stars as John Archibald Dortmunder, a former jewel thief just released from prison. His brother in law, Andrew Kelp (George Segal), recruits him to steal a diamond from a museum. They are hired by Dr.

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Peter Yates directs the early '70s comedy caper The Hot Rock, based on the Donald Westlake novel and adapted for the screen by William Goldman. Robert Redford stars as John Archibald Dortmunder, a former jewel thief just released from prison. His brother in law, Andrew Kelp (George Segal), recruits him to steal a diamond from a museum. They are hired by Dr. Amusa (Moses Gunn), an ambassador from Central Fatawi, whose people consider the stone to be sacred. John and Andrew assemble a team with Alan Greenberg (Paul Sand) and Stan Murch (Ron Leibman). They successfully pull off the job until the guards arrest them and Alan swallows the diamond. Alan's father (Zero Mostel) helps him break out of jail, which leads to a series of other heist attempts.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Star Robert Redford allegedly considers it one of his lesser efforts, but The Hot Rock is a lightly funny diamond heist caper that warrants no shame. Crisply scripted by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid scribe William Goldman, and efficiently directed by Peter Yates, The Hot Rock mines laughs out of an exemplary early '70s odd couple pairing of Redford's smooth yet cursed master thief and George Segal's neurotic accomplice. Though the supporting players remain underdeveloped, Zero Mostel's bowler-hatted lawyer and Quincy Jones' jazzy score add extra juice to the proceedings. Constantly beset by Murphy's Law, the gang's serial attempts to retrieve the titular diamond reach a comic high point in a police station raid that features a lackadaisical captain and tongue-in-cheek jabs at the cops' fear of the late '60s counterculture. Shot on-location in New York, Yates turns the city's bad 1970s reputation into further fodder for humor, while the gang's approach to the police station via helicopter includes aerial shots of the unfinished World Trade Center. Lost in the shuffle of Redford's more prominent early '70s vehicles, The Hot Rock has since fallen further into obscurity, with Redford reportedly holding up its video issue for quite some time; fortunately, it was rereleased on home video in 2003.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2003
UPC:
0024543075639
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
11,676

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Redford Dortmunder
George Segal Kelp
Ron Leibman Murch
Paul Sand Greenberg
Zero Mostel Abe Greenberg
Lynne Gordon Miasmo
Moses Gunn Dr. Amusa
Frederic Cook Otto
William Redfield Lt. Hoover
Topo Swope Sis
Charlotte Rae Ma Murch
Seth Allen Happy Hippie
Robert Levine Cop at Police Station
Lee Wallace Dr. Strauss
Robert Weil Albert
Mark Dawson Big Museum Guard
Gilbert Lewis Museum Guard #1
George Bartenieff Museum Guard
Ed Bernard Policeman
Charles White Policeman
Christopher Guest Policeman
Graham Jarvis Warden
Harry Bellaver Rollo the Bartender

Technical Credits
Peter Yates Director
Fred W. Berger Editor
Edward R. Brown Cinematographer
Irving Buchman Makeup
Robert Drumheller Set Decoration/Design
William Goldman Screenwriter
Quincy Jones Score Composer
Frank Keller Editor
Hal Landers Producer
John Robert Lloyd Production Designer
Carey Loftin Stunts
Ruth Morley Costumes/Costume Designer
Bill Rinehart Songwriter
Bobby Roberts Producer
James J. Sabat Sound/Sound Designer
Theodore Soderberg Sound/Sound Designer
Bob Wrightman Art Director
Ted Zachary Asst. Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles
2. The Career Crook
3. Kelp
4. The Sahara Stone
5. The Money Man
6. Dortmunder's Decision
7. Family
8. Murch and Ma
9. Meeting of the Minds
10. Preparations
11. The Heist
12. Kelp Under Glass
13. Greenberg's Big Gulp
14. Look on the Bright Side
15. Getting Greenberg Out
16. The Break-In
17. The Breakout
18. Where's the Diamond?
19. Copter Crooks
20. Assault on Ninth Street
21. Dad's Little Secret
22. Stymied by a Signature
23. The Man With the Plan
24. Afghanistan Banana Stand
25. Double-Cross
26. The Hypnotic Heist
27. The Getaway
28. End Titles

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