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Director:
Writers:
Lawrence Sanders (novel)
Frank Pierson (screenplay)
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Release Date:
2 September 1971 (West Germany) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Crime of the Century! See more »
Plot:
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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Cast

  (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)
 
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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Runtime:
99 min
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Certification:
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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Trivia:
Feature film debut of Christopher Walken.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the surveillance man from the House Internal Security Committee picks up the large shotgun microphone, he switches it from his right hand to his left when he turns on one of the tape recorders. In the next shot, as he's still recording the message, the microphone is resting on the table and aiming a different direction.See more »
Quotes:
Ingrid:[to Duke] This coffee's gonna take a little while. You want to make love to me now?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Inside Man (2006)See more »

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What is 'The Anderson Tapes' about?
What does Duke mean at the end when he says 'I'm always hammering on locked doors'?
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A Bold And Audacious Caper, 16 May 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Anderson Tapes occupies a great place in the career of Sean Connery, it is one of the films he likes best in his career. And with good reason, it was the first film for which he both drew good reviews and clicked with the public not playing James Bond. Connery could finally be taken seriously as an actor, not just an international sex symbol.

The film itself draws from elements found in The Asphalt Jungle and The Desperate Hours. There's no planner character in this film, Connery himself is both the planner and enforcer in the crew he's put together for a job. But he does need a backer and that's where organized crime boss Alan King comes in.

Connery is a Duke Anderson, a con just recently released from prison and he's got some attitudes similar to that other Connery character from Family Business has Jesse McMullen. Not surprising since both films were directed by Sidney Lumet. Like McMullen he feels that stealing is the most honorable profession going if you're not a hypocrite since all successful people engage in some kind of crookedness. And since he's done the full ten year bit with no parole and no strings attached to him, there isn't anything that the criminal justice system can do to him.

When he sees how well former girl friend Dyan Cannon is doing as someone's kept woman in a very ritzy apartment on New York's Upper East Side, Connery conceives a plan to take down the whole building. And bit by bit he assembles his crew.

Young Christopher Walken gets his first big screen role of notice as a young convict released with Connery from the joint. Another con released at the same time is Stan Gottlieb who's spent most of his life in stir and is thoroughly institutionalized. With his character, Lumet makes a powerful statement about institutional acclamation, in Gottlieb's case, it's an act of cruelty almost to let him out in society, he knows no other way of life.

Since there's a lot of merchandise to move from these rich folk's apartments, Connery needs someone along who knows the value and how to get the best value when fencing. Martin Balsam who's an antique dealer and fence on the side gets brought in on the job itself. Balsam has one of the earliest post Stonewall portrayals of a gay man and while sadly he does conform to stereotype, still it's a fine piece of work. And he's crushing out on Connery big time.

Alan King makes an unusual condition on Connery. He wants the crew to take along mob hood Val Avery on the job and arrange for his demise on same. Avery is something of a loose cannon, the powers that be want him eliminated without their fingerprints on it. When Avery arrives you can see why he's such a liability. He's an out and out racist and drivers Garrett Morris and Dick Williams would gladly do it for nothing.

Connery and his crew take the entire exclusive apartment building hostage, just like the family in The Desperate Hours. And the film itself has an Asphalt Jungle feel to it, both in the planning stage and in how it all turns out.

The title comes from the fact that several government agencies are actually taping this whole proceeding from many different angles, the FBI, the IRS, Immigration, etc. But since it's all quite illegal, none of them can really step in to put a halt to the criminal enterprise. It's a nice touch, but quite superfluous, the film works beautifully as a straight out caper film.

Sean Connery and the rest of the cast play this thing to perfection. Two of the best performances are from a pair of little old ladies, the shocked Margaret Hamilton and feisty Judith Lowry who just loves being taken hostage and robbed, it's the most excitement she's had in years.

As for Connery he could finally put James Bond to rest, after just one more film. His next role, 007 in Diamonds Are Forever.

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