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This might seem to some as a pleasant but unspectacutar Saturday afternoon or 3:00 AM tv movie. It's basically a light comedy with likeable heroes and villains. Nobody gets hurt or dies. There's no bad language or nudity (I like that!!). However, the plot is actually complex and interesting. The plot revolves around the stealing and recovery of the Sahara Stone from the Brooklyn Museum. This priceless diamond is stolen by Robert Redford and his gang through elaborate scheming. Although Redford was in prison and he loses the diamond during the course of the film, his character always seems to be wise. We know that he will succeed in regaining the stone before the end. However, the final twist, which I shall not reveal, is a great touch, and keeps the viewer interested and on the edge of his/her seat.
One other thing I like about this film is that it was shot on location in New York City and Long Island in May/June 1971.
I live here, so I recognize many of the locations. For example, the "State Prison" is actually Nassau County Jail (there is actually no state prison on Long Island). The outside of the Jail where George Segal meets Robert Redford is right on Carmans Avenue in East Meadow.Read more ›
My mother (A big Robert Redford fan) would always let me know when it was coming on TV so I could watch it again and again. She said I reminded here of Murch as I could fix or drive anything mechanical and get any engine to start. She recently brought me the DVD for my 40th birthday and I watch it at least once a month.
Redford and his enjoyable cast are funny and very entertaining. It's a great heist film and one that makes you want them to get away with the jewel.
Other great scenes in the film I liked: When "Chicken" pretended to throw Greenberg down the elevator shaft and Abe gets busted for lying about the stone, and when Redford coolly strolls into the back on his last attempt at the diamond. There is also some great close up shots of the World Trade Center while it was under construction. You can actually see thru the building on a fly by.
In a day when many movies are packed with violence and harsh language, this film will bring all whom watch it back to a time when great films were made that could stand on their own without brutality and curse words every other line.
This movie is a classic and I would recommend it to all viewers. I would also love to see (and be involved in any way possible) a remake of this film set here in New Orleans!!!
Redford reteams with William Goldman (who wrote Butch & The Kid). It's a caper film and with a team of characters with names like Dortmunder/Kelp/Greenberg and Murch, you're already in trouble.
The casting is perfect. George Segal, Paul Sands and Ron Liebman round out Redford's team- and they are all priceless. Moses Gunn and Zero Mostel are excellent in their supporting roles.
What I personally think makes this comedy wonderful is, it's written by and American and starring Americans but it's directed by a Brit (Peter Yates). Goldman supplies the lines and I think Yates looked for character traits and the subtle little screw ups in the scenes where they're trying to advance the cause or steal the stone. ie: Murch (with his love of cars), playing a record of the Indy car race on his stereo for his Mom, cracking a beer and they're both in heaven, listening, while in the background- they live right next to the freeway and no one else (who is normal) would be able to hear or notice the difference! " Turn the treble up, Stan! " Funny stuff!
Moses Gunn's face is priceless as they repeatedly hand him the material request needs list, each time they fail. " Will it upset me? " " Yes, " Segal replies, straight faced. " I think it's safe to say so, sir. "
And watch for the priceless sight gag Mostel makes, introducing himself as the lawyer.
It's a film about Murphy's Law and just how funny it can be. We all experience it from time to time, in each of our lives.Read more ›
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Just like the book with the same title by Donald Westlake, this movie encompasses suspense with humor and sarcasm quite nicely. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Anthony Mitchell
unfortunately the DVD is meant for US or Canada use only, due to the DVD region agreements.
I Cannot play the DVD overhere in Europe. Read more
A guy gets out of prison and is immediately asked to join in a heist of a jewel for an African country. A crew of four is assembled and a plot created. Read morePublished 7 months ago by ellison
Based on a book by Donald Westlake -- one of the few movies I feel is better than the book and that's saying a lot because I like Westlake's stories. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Carol J. Stahl
A friend of mine last saw this movie wayyy back in the mid 70's as a young man and he was amazed that Amazon sold The DVD. I bought it for him and it was a gift. Read morePublished 13 months ago by JFrost
I love this movie. Terrific adaptation of Westlake's novel; a solid Goldman adaptation; and really great acting from everybody! It's a classic film, and well worth watching!Published 14 months ago by Joseph D. Millett
A CLASSIC!!Robert Redford in his prime,a very good watch,with,of course,an excellent performance by Mr George Segal....LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT.Published 15 months ago by Tony Osborne
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