The Hot Rock Movie Review Summary

Actors: Robert Redford, George Segal, Moses Gunn, Zero Mostel

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Career criminal John Archibald Dortmunder (Robert Redford) leaves prison with every intention of going straight. After all, after two strikes, one more conviction and he's down for the count.
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Dortmunder literally hasn't gotten out of sight of the prison, however, when he's met by Andy Kelp (George Segal), a neurotic locksmith and burglar who also happens to be Dortmunder's half-brother.

Soon, Kelp has convinced Dortmunder to go to work for articulate African diplomat Dr. Amusa (Moses Gunn), who wants them to steal a large diamond from a New York museum. The stone is sacred to the doctor's people, and he wants to make sure that it doesn't fall into the hands of a rival nation.

With the help of oddball criminals like a getaway man (Ron Leibman) who knows more about the streets of New York than AAA and a former campus radical (Paul Sand) with a yen for explosives, Dortmunder and Kelp execute a nearly flawless heist of the museum. Nearly.

When things go wrong, the gang of miscreants are forced to steal the stone again and again, from a state prison, a police station, and the most secure bank in the city of New York.
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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Comedy or Parody about    -   gangsters/crime    -   criminals How much humor v. drama    -   Lot of humor, but significant serious drama

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   thief/con artist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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