New York Film Locations

The Hot Rock (1972)

Last Updated: June 2023

A band of four thieves - bomb maker Greenberg, driver Murch, locksmith Kelp and the mastermind Dortmunder (Robert Redford) are hired by Dr. Amusa, an African ambassador, to steal the museum-housed diamond called the Sahara Stone, a gem of cultural importance to Dr. Amusa's country. This heist is not going to be the only one that Dortmunder has to plan to retrieve the diamond, as, one time after another, the foursome manage to have the gem, but not quite in their own possession. Working with, or perhaps against the foursome in retrieving the gem is Greenberg's father. Despite the problems in getting the diamond, Dortmunder is determined to break what he calls the curse of the diamond.

Subway Station (near Brooklyn Museum) Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn.


Lock Shop, 682 Columbus Avenue and West 93rd Street, Manhattan.


1st Avenue and East 45th Street, Manhattan.


East 41st Street and Tudor City Place, Manhattan.


Bank, 399 Park Avenue (btw East 53rd and 54th Streets) Manhattan.


Park Avenue and East 57th Street, Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: The World Trade Center's south tower was still under construction when this film was shot. There is a brief glimpse of both towers about 64 minutes into the film.


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