Review: ‘The Hot Rock’

With its mixture of suspense, satire and broad comedy, The Hot Rock emerges as an offbeat crime feature. Stars Robert Redford and George Segal head a quartet of thieves who usually miss the objective, here a famous diamond which inspired the title of the piece.

With its mixture of suspense, satire and broad comedy, The Hot Rock emerges as an offbeat crime feature. Stars Robert Redford and George Segal head a quartet of thieves who usually miss the objective, here a famous diamond which inspired the title of the piece.

Peter Yates’ direction and uniformly good cast partly overcome a William Goldman script [from Donald E. Westlake’s novel] that has many exciting and funny bits, but lacks a clear, unifying thrust.

However, the plot involves four separate heists, and, given the deliberate exposition of the human frailty of the hoods, the sequential capers lose a lot of momentum, giving the film as a whole the look of a spliced-together multi-episode TV show.

1972: Nomination: Best Editing

The Hot Rock

Production

20th Century Fox. Dir Peter Yates; Producer Hal Landers, Bobby Roberts; Screenplay William Goldman; Camera; Editor Brown; Editor Frank P. Keller, Fred W. Berger; Music Quincy Jones Art Dir John Robert Lloyd

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1972. Running time: 105 MIN.

With

Robert Redford George Segal Ron Leibman Paul Sand Zero Mostel Moses Gunn
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