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The Hot Rock Becomes the 800th Film

12 January 2013

The wait is over as another milestone is reached. The 800th film to be posted on OTSONY is the 1972 classic, The Hot Rock starring one of the most iconic actors of the time, Robert Redford.

Previously seen in four other New York based films; Legal Eagles, Barefoot in the Park, The Way We Were and the classic, Three Days of the Condor, Redford comes into his own playing career criminal Dortmunder. Literally minutes after he completes his most recent prison stay is approached by his brother-in-law, Andy played George Segal, for a heist job at the Brooklyn museum where a very valuable diamond that was once a cherished artefact for an unnamed African nation sits on display.

The opening scene of the movie, depicting a conversation between Robert Redford’s character and the warden upon his release, is based on a scene edited out of Goldman's screenplay for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The origin of the scene was a real discussion between Butch Cassidy and the governor of Wyoming when Cassidy was released from prison, which Goldman uncovered when he was researching the prior screenplay.

One scene depicts the gang flying by helicopter through Manhattan about 64 minutes into the film to break into a police station. During this footage, the helicopter flies by the World Trade Center at the same time that the south tower was still under construction. Other locations that were featured in the film include Park Avenue, 1st Avenue near to the United Nations building, a shop on Columbus Avenue and the bank at 399 Park Avenue.


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