The Hot Rock (1972)

PG   |    |  Action, Comedy, Crime


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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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  • Robert Levine in The Hot Rock (1972)
  • Robert Redford and George Segal in The Hot Rock (1972)
  • Robert Redford and George Segal in The Hot Rock (1972)
  • Robert Redford in The Hot Rock (1972)
  • Robert Redford in The Hot Rock (1972)
  • Robert Redford and George Segal in The Hot Rock (1972)

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8 August 1999 | H Lime-2
Another Great Movie Missing from the Video Shelves
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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Trivia

Composer Quincy Jones was so impressed by the performance of his musicians for the soundtrack of the film, that he requested to Twentieth Century-Fox and the producers of the film to give them on screen credit during the end credits of the film. The featured performers given credit on screen were (among others): Gerry Mulligan, Grady Tate, Jerome Richardson, Frank Rosolino, Clark Terry and The Don Elliott Voices, who were all popular jazz musicians at the time.


Quotes

Kelp: Now, listen, I didn't tell the doctor about you being in prison. I figure, why undermine his confidence? He wants the best for his money. Not that you're not the best. But a layman might wonder why you're all the time in jail.


Goofs

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.


Crazy Credits

The 20th Century Fox logo is erased away via a "snake effect".


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.


Soundtracks

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

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Genres

Action | Comedy | Crime

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