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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Haskins
The Kid
Spencer (as Dick Williams)
Stan Gottlieb ...
Paul Benjamin ...
Anthony Holland ...
Richard B. Shull ...
Werner (as Richard B. Schull)
Dr. Rubicoff
Miss Kaler


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 <>

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Someone is listening... someone is watching... as the crime of the century unreels! See more »


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Release Date:

2 September 1971 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Le gang Anderson  »

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Look for funny man and original SNL cast member, Garrett Morris taking a very serious turn as the commander of the police S.W.A.T. team. See more »


When the Mayflower moving van is leaving the parking lot to head for the rendezvous at the crime scene, several crew members (one of whom is holding a large reflector) are visibly reflected on the side of the van. See more »


Anderson: What's advertising but a legalized con game? And what the hell's marriage? Extortion, prostitution, soliciting with a government stamp on it. And what the hell's your stock market? A fixed horse race. Some business guy steals a bank, he's a big success story. Face in all the magazines. Some other guy steals the magazine and he's busted.
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Referenced in Lumet: Film Maker (1975) See more »

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Worthy of Watching on Many Levels, Especially for Christopher Walken's Film Debut
14 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Walken's 1971 debut film role was a major part that hooked me as a lifelong fan immediately, as The Kid, directed by Sidney Lumet in a gem adapted for the film from a great book of the same name by author Lawrence Sanders - "The Anderson Tapes". I'm not an avid reader, but I did read most of Sander's mystery novels, and would rate this as one of his best. It's worth mentioning that the only memorable quote from this movie on this web site is a Christopher Walken line! He brought an electrifying presence to the role with his trademark edginess akin to a cocked revolver.

The movie stars Sean Connery, Dyan Cannon, Alan King, and Martin Balsam (in a beautifully restrained role as a light-in-the-loafers antiques dealer). I'm sure viewers of this film following its release must have considered the addition to the cast by The Kid as a wonderful bonus. The locale of the film is NYC's Central Park perimeter, namely the high-priced real estate at the park's border.

Besides being a pre-PC (in both contexts of PC) satire of technology and man's inability to control its sometimes obvious sinister applications, it is also an ironic precursor to the "authorities'" myopic interpretation of gathered intelligence data, specifically the current federal administration's inability to "connect the dots" after receiving Richard Clark's distribution of the pre-9/11/2001 FBI memo detailing the intercepted intention of Arab terrorists to fly jumbo jets into skyscrapers and other federal buildings. Who would have (or should have) thought they might try to complete their failed 1993 attempt to bring down one of the WTC towers? On a lighter note Garrett Morris acted in this film with Walken, a full 4 years before his SNL run, site of some of Christopher Walken's most memorable gigs.

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