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The Anderson Tapes (1971)

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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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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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2 September 1971 (West Germany)  »

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Le gang Anderson  »

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Feature film debut of Christopher Walken. See more »

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At the end of the movie, when paramedics wheel Anderson into the elevator, as the doors close, a crew member's reflection is visible on the elevator doors. See more »

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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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Well-played nonsense...
31 March 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Engaging heist flick from Lawrence Sanders' novel has recently-paroled master thief Sean Connery plotting one last job: robbing the residents of an entire New York apartment house! Some of the sideline plots--such as Connery's relationship with prostitute Dyan Cannon--don't add up to much and a few of the story details, like the title-named tapes, never come to fruition. However, the character writing by Frank Pierson is expressive and sharp, and there are wonderful supporting performances by Martin Balsam, Alan King, and Christopher Walken in his film debut. Connery is terrific as well, though the film's tone grows suddenly serious near the finish, which may leave many viewers feeling conned. Sean's camaraderie with his old cronies is wonderfully handled by director Sidney Lumet, though Cannon (the token female) gets left out of the mix. Writer Pierson and Lumet later teamed for "Dog Day Afternoon", which this film resembles in style and content. **1/2 from ****


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