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The Anderson Tapes (1971)

After Duke Anderson is released from prison after ten years for taking the rap for a scion of a Mafia family, he cashes in a debt of honor with the mob to bankroll a caper.

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Ingrid
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Tommy Haskins
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'Iron Balls' Delaney
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Angelo
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The Kid
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Parelli
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Spencer (as Dick Williams)
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Everson
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Anthony Holland ...
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Werner (as Richard B. Schull)
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Dr. Rubicoff
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Miss Kaler
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Storyline

A thief (Duke Anderson) just released from ten years in jail, takes up with his old girlfriend (Ingrid) in her posh apartment. He makes plans to rob the entire building. What he doesn't know is that his every move is recorded on audio and video tape, although he is not the subject of any surveillance. Written by Zeke M. Towson <matajame@cwis.isu.edu>

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The Crime of the Century! See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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2 September 1971 (West Germany)  »

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Le gang Anderson  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Edward X. Delaney, whom Ralph Meeker played in this film, appeared in five novels by Lawrence Sanders: "The Anderson Tapes", "The First Deadly Sin", "The Second Deadly Sin", "The Third Deadly Sin", and "The Fourth Deadly Sin". In the film version of The First Deadly Sin (1980), Frank Sinatra played Delaney. See more »

Goofs

After police rush the building and a large group head upstairs they open double doors at the stairwell that were locked by the thieves from the other side minutes earlier. See more »

Quotes

The Kid: Is it right to steal from insurance companies?
Anderson: Look, when you rob a guy who's got insurance, you're doing him a favor. You're giving him a little excitement in his life, a story to tell. He becomes a more interesting person because you robbed him. You boost the insurance company because the publicity gets people to buy insurance. You do the fuzz a favor because, well, you prove they're necessary and deserving of a big pay boost.
The Kid: You believe that?
Anderson: Its bullshit. It's just dog eat dog, but I want ...
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Not Lumet's best film
17 October 2004 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

Veteran director Sidney Lumet has made many above-average films in his time, but 'The Anderson Tapes', a generic heist thriller from the early 1970s, is not one of them. The dialogue and acting (including that of lead Sean Connery) are both poor, and the Quincey Jones score is horrid; the camera work is better but insufficient to compensate for a movie where none of the characters seem wholly real (in a way quite typical of indifferent movies from this era). Another problem is that the film lacks purpose; the tapes of the title seem quite irrelevant, and although the confused ending is in some sense superior to the glossy "perfection" at the conclusion of movies like "Ocean's Eleven", the viewer is still left asking "so what?". Overall, this not an awful film, but it is lacking in much to distinguish it from the very large number of similar movies.


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