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The Hot Rock Details


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. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

  • Release date:January 26, 1972


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


Peter Yates
Hal Landers
Bobby Roberts
William Goldman
Donald E. Westlake
Book Author
Quincy Jones
Composer (Music Score)
Ruth Morley
Costume Designer
James J. Sabat
Sound/Sound Designer
Theodore Soderberg
Sound/Sound Designer
Ted Zachary
First Assistant Director
Nicholas Sgarro
Second Unit Director
Irving Buchman