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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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Every Secret, Every Betrayal, Caught On Tape. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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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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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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Great film that sometimes may get overlooked.
4 April 1999 | by (Lucas Buck, NC) – See all my reviews

Beautifully made caper film by one of the best in his prime, Sydney Lumet. The pacing and balance may be the true art of the film. Premise is a bit far fetched: recently released con (Sean Connery) plans extravagant heist of entire Manhattan apartment building using mob financing. The hitch is that most everywhere he goes during his planning, electronic surveillance follows from varied and sundry sources.

A young Chris Walken heads a superb support group including Dyan Cannon. Martin Balsam is absolutely spectacular as the femme antique dealer.

Slightly dated, but never tired, the story progresses like a time bomb countdown.

Often imitated, rarely duplicated.


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