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American comedy in colour from 1970s. Not as late as 1980.

I believe they wanted to steal some jewellery, gold or similar. Do not think it was money.

There was some car chasing, with some (red?) car I believe. IIRC the driver was rather enthusiastic. For some reason I remember a record (LP) with some car engines or similar, but not sure how it fits in. Some / all wore flared pans (thus I believe 1970s). For some reason they also had a fight with the police and believe there was some helicopter either chasing or flying the robbers. Believe they also used some bombs or smoke bombs in a sand-pit or ravine.

It was a contemporary film set in some (bigger) city. Do not remember if they were successful or not.


Thinking about it I now believe it was a diamond heist. Scribbling down words on a piece of paper I ended up with:

Heist, helicopter, US-City (New-York?), Bombs in sand-pit, diamond, fight with police, car chase, LP-motor, scarf, bananas, elevator, comedy, color, 1970s, flared-pants, sunglasses, suits, ties, summer, action.

Not sure how or if all the words fit in. Believe the city was New-York, or some similar to it, (Sky scrapers etc.).

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Hrm, I know it's much later, but there are a LOT of elements similar to "The Italian Job". – JohnP Apr 30 '14 at 21:26
@JohnP: Have seen "The Italian Job" (more recently) and it's not that one, but thanks for suggestion. – Zimzalabim Apr 30 '14 at 21:32
If you hadn't said American, there is the 1969 version of the Italian Job, but it's British. – JohnP Apr 30 '14 at 21:39
@JohnP: Yes. Have seen that one. The reason I stand for it being American is what I vaguely recall from the police uniforms/cars + the city. It was more like New-York then a European city. – Zimzalabim Apr 30 '14 at 21:51
up vote 2 down vote accepted

After some more scribbling and word guessing I suddenly got a vague picture of a young Robert Redford. As such it led me to The Hot Rock. Not sure how bananas fits into the story though :P (or if it does) – have to get a hold of that one and view it again.


  • Robert Redford as John Dortmunder
  • George Segal as Andy Kelp
  • Ron Leibman as Stan Murch
  • Paul Sand as Allan Greenberg
  • Moses Gunn as Dr. Amusa
  • Zero Mostel as Abe Greenberg

From review section of IMDB:

This film is taken from one of a series of books by Donald E. Westlake about John Dortmunder & his various cronies who try to pull off big capers but never quite succeed.

From the looks of it I surely wish they would have made this into a franchise/film series.

Bananas fits in with comment from @Will Feldman and is also mentioned in Wikipedia plot section.

Thanks for hints and tips.


Robert Redford, The Hot Rock

The Hot Rock

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Don't forget, if this is the correct movie, you can accept your own answer. – JohnP Apr 30 '14 at 22:40
@JohnP: Yes, thanks. I'm actually a bit exited about finding this movie. It looks kind of fun in that laid back, durable, kind of way. Do not know why I did not recall RR earlier, perhaps because I was only about six when I saw it ... It also say I have to wait 2 days before I can accept own answer. – Zimzalabim Apr 30 '14 at 22:55
Bananas fit into the story because a post-hypnotic trigger phrase used in the movie was "Afghanistan banana stand". – Will Feldman Apr 30 '14 at 23:11
@WillFeldman: Ah, fun. That's rather beyond me as English is not my native tongue. Not sure how I managed to pick up "bananas". Bute believe we had it on VHS and as such I saw it at least a couple of times (in secret). Guess I saw it as 7 as well. After viewing some clips I surely also remember Murch more vividly. – Zimzalabim May 1 '14 at 0:55

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