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The Hot Rock (free)

  • Vilas Hall 821 University Avenue Madison, WI, 53706 United States (map)

What’s better than a nice grimy caper flick from the 1970s featuring some marquee talent? One such example in this mode, Peter Yates’ The Hot Rock, kicks off UW Cinematheque’s summer season, as well as its series of films based on the works of Donald E. Westlake. Starring Robert Redford and George Segal, the feature (which earned screenwriter William Goldman an Edgar Allan Poe Award) introduces long-running Westlake character John Dortmunder and a crew of ne'er-do-wells who attempt to steal a diamond from the Brooklyn Museum. Things reliably go off the rails, resulting in a comedy of errors in which the guys have to steal and re-steal the titular hot rock multiple times. Catching this, in 35mm naturally, will be a great start to the Westlake series, and to Cinematheque’s summer schedule in general. —Chris Lay

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