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Lawrence Sanders (novel)
Frank Pierson (screenplay)
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Release Date:
2 September 1971 (West Germany) See more »
The Crime of the Century! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sean Connery ... Anderson

Dyan Cannon ... Ingrid

Martin Balsam ... Tommy Haskins

Ralph Meeker ... Delaney

Alan King ... Angelo

Christopher Walken ... The Kid

Val Avery ... Parelli

Dick Anthony Williams ... Spencer (as Dick Williams)

Garrett Morris ... Everson
Stan Gottlieb ... Pop
Paul Benjamin ... Jimmy
Anthony Holland ... Psychologist
Richard B. Shull ... Werner (as Richard B. Schull)

Conrad Bain ... Dr. Rubicoff

Margaret Hamilton ... Miss Kaler
Judith Lowry ... Mrs. Hathaway

Max Showalter ... Bingham
Janet Ward ... Mrs. Bingham

Scott Jacoby ... Jerry Bingham
Norman Rose ... Longene
Meg Myles ... Mrs. Longene (as Meg Miles)
John Call ... O'Leary
Raoul Kraushaar ... D'Medico (as Ralph Stanley)
John Braden ... Vanessi
Paula Trueman ... Nurse
Michael B. Miller ... First Agent (as Michael Miller)
Michael Prince ... Johnson
Frank Macetta ... Papa Angelo
Jack Doroshow ... Eric
Michael Clary ... Eric's Friend
Hildy Brooks ... Receptionist
Robert Dagny ... Doctor
Bradford English ... T.V. Watcher
Reid Cruickshanks ... Judge (as Reid Cruckshanks)
Tom Signorelli ... Sync Man
Carmine Caridi ... Detective A

Michael Fairman ... Sergeant Claire
George Patelis ... Detective B
William J. Daprato ... Detective C (as William Daprato)

Sam Coppola ... Private Detective
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Boylan ... Bus Station Lady (uncredited)
Bruce Brown ... Policeman (uncredited)
Charles Frank ... Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)
Al Kirk ... Thief (uncredited)

Helen Martin ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Tom Nobles ... Police Lt. (uncredited)
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Directed by
Sidney Lumet 
Writing credits
Lawrence Sanders (novel "The Anderson Tapes")

Frank Pierson (screenplay) (as Frank R. Pierson)

Produced by
George Justin .... associate producer
Robert Weitman .... producer (as Robert M. Weitman)
Original Music by
Quincy Jones 
Cinematography by
Arthur J. Ornitz (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Joanne Burke 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty 
Production Design by
Ben Kasazkow  (as Benjamin J. Kasazkow)
Art Direction by
Philip Rosenberg 
Set Decoration by
Alan Hicks 
Costume Design by
Gene Coffin 
Makeup Department
Betty DeStefano .... hair stylist (as Betty Destefano)
Ian Forest .... hair stylist (as Ian Forrest)
Saul Meth .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan Hopkins .... assistant director
Sound Department
Jack Fitzstephens .... sound editor
Al Gramaglia .... mixer
Dennis Maitland .... production sound
James Perdue .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Kolb .... grip
Willie Meyerhoff .... gaffer (as William Meyerhoff)
Albert Taffet .... camera operator (uncredited)
Felix Trimboli .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Vic Ramos .... extra casting
Editorial Department
Peter Genung .... assistant editor
Janet Lauretano .... assistant editor
Music Department
Quincy Jones .... conductor
Other crew
Roger G. Battie .... technical consultant: of The William J. Burns International Detective Agency Inc.
Harve Brosten .... assistant to producer
Nicholas Sgarro .... script supervisor (as Nick Sgarro)
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99 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:12 (re-rating) (2013) | Iceland:12 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1971) | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) (1993) (2002) | USA:PG | USA:GP (original rating) | West Germany:16 (original rating)

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Feature film debut of Christopher Walken.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the grappling hook is first thrown, many scratches are visible from previous takes.See more »
Ingrid:[to Duke] This coffee's gonna take a little while. You want to make love to me now?See more »
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What is 'The Anderson Tapes' about?
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Ho-hum heist, 24 November 2011
Author: jc-osms from United Kingdom

The late 60's and early 70's saw a spate of heist movies ("The Heist", "The Hot Rock", "How To Steal A Diamond") but this didn't strike me as being one of the best of them, despite Sidney Lumet directing and a toupee-less Sean Connery starring.

The gimmick to the story, as is made abundantly clear from the outset, is that released felon Connery's every move and utterance is being taped, not only by the authorities but also by the jealous sugar daddy of his call-girl lover Dyan Cannon, in the end thwarting his big-idea plan to clean out every flat in a luxury complex of their occupants' rich pickings.

The improbability of the story is its biggest stumbling block. Despite having mob connections you don't comprehend just why Connery merits such official attention which added to the coincidence of Cannon's surveillance too, stretches credulity way too far. In other ways a determinedly adult-oriented film, especially the scenes between Connery and Cannon in bed and the casual violence of the heist itself, it wants to be gritty and grown- up, at the same time attempting to be modern and clever with various showy directorial techniques (assorted flashbacks, stop-start sequencing), but in the end it all fails to gel and underachieves, with too many inconsequential scenes and thinly-drawn characterisations at its heart. The robbery itself attempts to impose some forced and unwelcome humour by highlighting the individual quirks of the intended victims which include a disabled computer whizz-kid, an ancient but feisty old woman and a warring couple but this just comes across as distasteful and glosses over the real horror and violation I'm sure any ordinary citizen would feel at the situation they endure.

The acting is mixed, Connery seemingly miscast as the "Limey" (he'd hate that) leader of the motley crew he gathers around him for the job, amongst whom only Martin Balsam as a way-too-far over-the-top homosexual and a young Christopher Walken as a savvy new-kid-on-the-block, shine. Dyan Cannon is wasted in an underwritten role and is mainly required, it seems, to be something for Connery to nuzzle up to.

No, not the greatest of caper films and not the strongest item in the careers of Messrs Lumet and Connery. I'm a keen student of early 70's contemporary thrillers and had high hopes for this movie, but like Connery's character's plans, it just never got off the ground.

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