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.
The review of this Movie prepared by James Craver