The Hot Rock (1972)
as Abe Greenberg
as Alan Greenberg
as Dr. Amusa
as Lt. Hoover
as Ma Murch
as Bartender Rollo
as Happy Hippie
as Cop at Police Station
as Dr. Strauss
as Bird Lady
as Big Museum Guard
as Museum Guard
as Museum Guard
Critic Reviews for The Hot Rock
The Hot Rock is different from a lot of Big Heist flicks because Goldman and Yates lay on the characterization and the locations with a too-generous hand.
Filmmaker Peter Yates generally does an effective job of capturing the lighthearted yet briskly-paced tone of Westlake's (admittedly superior) novel...
One enters the theater with great expectations. And one leaves muttering '"Promises, promises.''
Those seeking something a little more off the beaten path than The Natural or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid should check out this entertaining caper yarn.
Audience Reviews for The Hot Rock
Enormously entertaining caper flick where a quartet of thieves don't have just one job, they have to pull off four - a museum, the state prison, a police station, and a bank - and all to get the same diamond! Redford is typical Redford as the cool-as-a-cucumber brains of the group, although he tends to get arrested and needs antacids to offset the nerves he internalizes. George Segal is the optimist and master locksmith, while Ron Leibman and Paul Sand round out the team, and we can't forget Zero Mostel as a crooked lawyer. There's always something amusing going on in William Goldman's script which adds offbeat color to the story, like an old woman who interrupts a gang meeting in the park to feed the birds, or a bum who steals Redford's watch when he's casing a building, or the getaway driver and his mother who listen to speedway recordings of roaring engines for recreation. Plus, there's a breathtaking extended helicopter ride through downtown New York City. If you love caper movies, you've got to see The Hot Rock. "Johnny.....Can't you go straight this time?" "I just don't have it in me."
Afghanistan Banana Stand, See this movie! How was this not a hit? Robert Redford + George Segal + Zero Mostel + William Goldman + Peter Yates = a pretty fun movie.
A band of criminals played by some great 70s actors, go out to steal a diamond, with hilarious results. I enjoyed this movie, it's not very different from other movies like that, but it's fun.
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