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The Anderson Tapes -- When Duke Anderson (Sean Connery) gets out of the cooler, he discovers the mother lode in his rich girlfriend's (Dyan Cannon) ritzy apartment building. With help from a safecracker (Christopher Walken), a decorator, and a thug, Duke might be able to pull off the greatest heist yet. What he doesn't know is that someone is watching his every move and beating him at his own game.


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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)

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)
Fred J. Lincoln .... stunts (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)
Crew verified as complete

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99 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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)

Did You Know?

This is the first movie in which Connery stopped wearing a toupee.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Ingrid:[to Duke] You want what you can't have. I mean you're always hammering on that locked door.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Inside Man (2006)See more »


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22 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Great film that sometimes may get overlooked., 4 April 1999
Author: Doctor_Bombay from Lucas Buck, NC

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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