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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.

Director:

Sidney Lumet

Writers:

Lawrence Sanders (novel), Frank Pierson (screenplay) (as Frank R. Pierson)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... Robert 'Duke' Anderson
Dyan Cannon ... Ingrid Everly
Martin Balsam ... Tommy Haskins
Ralph Meeker ... Captain Delaney
Alan King ... Pat Angelo
Christopher Walken ... The Kid
Val Avery ... Rocco Parelli
Dick Anthony Williams ... Edward Spencer (as Dick Williams)
Garrett Morris ... Sergeant Everson
Stan Gottlieb Stan Gottlieb ... William 'Pop' Meyerhoff
Paul Benjamin ... Jimmy
Anthony Holland ... Psychologist
Richard B. Shull ... Werner Gottlieb (as Richard B. Schull)
Conrad Bain ... Dr. Rubicoff
Margaret Hamilton ... Miss Kaler
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Storyline

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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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1971 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Le gang Anderson See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,000,000, 31 December 1971
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Edward X. Delaney, whom Ralph Meeker played in this film, appeared in five novels by Lawrence Sanders: "The Anderson Tapes", "The First Deadly Sin", "The Second Deadly Sin", "The Third Deadly Sin", and "The Fourth Deadly Sin". In the film version of The First Deadly Sin (1980), Frank Sinatra played Delaney. See more »

Goofs

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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Jimmy: He don't need no socks - he's got hair all over his feet.
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Great little gem, sadly forgotten
20 September 2004 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

Sean Connery plays a jail bird who's let out and decides to pull another heist with the help of a team of experienced crooks; little does he know the cops are monitoring everything.

What's so unique about this film by Sidney Lumet, in superb form as director, is that heist films rarely mount the tension by showing us the cops' side -- here it's like a ticking time bomb, we're just waiting for Connery and his crew to be arrested and we know that they don't know that the cops know (err...) and the result is pretty tense.

No fault found in the acting: Connery and a very young Christopher Walken (in his film debut) are great, particularly Walken who shows extensive range very early on. After seeing this I was reminded of his recent role in the "Stepford Wives" remake and had to wonder why he's resorting to such trash, because he's just as talented (almost, anyway) as De Niro and Pacino and the difference is he wasted a lot of this during the '80s and '90s by taking on small bits in horrible films. I mean, in 2003 he starred in KANGAROO JACK. C'mon!

Overall THE ANDERSON TAPES is a tense and unique crime thriller that, although very "70s-ish" is entertaining, if a bit outdated in terms of technology. I'm sure it will be remade some day, there's a lot of potential, however I doubt it'll ever come close to the original.

4/5


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