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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'Iron Balls' Delaney
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Angelo
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The Kid
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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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Guns used by cops are shotgun and drum Tommy gun. See more »

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When the police department switchboard operator starts getting calls about the robbery, one caller is identified as being from Wichita Falls, Kansas. Wichita Falls in in Texas. See more »

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Ingrid: [to Duke] You want what you can't have. I mean you're always hammering on that locked door.
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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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