The Anderson Tapes 1971

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Ex-con Duke Anderson (Sean Connery), backed by an underground mobster, assembles a skilled criminal gang with the intention of burgling every apartment in the block where his girlfriend (Dyan Cannon) lives in one day.

Starring:
Dyan Cannon, Sean Connery
Runtime:
1 hour 38 minutes

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The Anderson Tapes

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Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure, Crime
Director Sidney Lumet
Starring Dyan Cannon, Sean Connery
Supporting actors Martin Balsam, Ralph Meeker
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 3 Nov 2012
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Made in 1971 when Sean Connery was still unsuccessfully trying to find an audience outside of 007, Sidney Lumet's The Anderson Tapes is a playful heist thriller that managed to be just ahead of its time in its take on the surveillance society. Connery is the newly released burglar who comes up with a scheme to raid the high-rent apartment building his for rent girlfriend Dyan Cannon lives in, recruiting a gang including a magnificently pompadoured Martin Balsam's camp antiques dealer who clearly has a huge crush on him and a very young Christopher Walken, bankrolled by mobster Alan King on the condition that he takes along and kills one of his more troublesome soldiers during the heist. The twist is that every step of the way every single detail of the plan is taped by the Feds, the IRS, the police, private detectives and drug enforcement officials, all of whom are operating illegal wiretaps and none of whom are remotely interested in his scheme because they're either looking for something else or have bigger fish to fry. The prescience is underlined by one scene where the Feds discuss a tape while on the wall hangs a photo of one Richard M. Nixon, who would have his own problems with burglaries and incriminating tapes the following year...

But there's more to Dog Day Afternoon writer Frank Pierson's screenplay and Lumet's direction than just the gimmick, both taking delight in undermining the various characters' pronouncements, be it Connery's philosophy on society's need for crime to function properly or King `seeking advice' from his silent and barely alive father when he's really just talking himself into backing the job: they don't really believe what they're saying, but they like to put on the show.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By George Field on 18 Dec 2010
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Most people I mention this film to have never heard of it, which is a pity, as it is a terrific crime thriller directed by one of the best, Sidney Lumet. Sean plays Duke Anderson (what parents would call their son Duke?), who is out of jail after 18 years. He starts planning his next job, this time robbing an entire New York apartment building. His girlfriend Ingrid, played by the very sexy Dyan Cannon, is one of the tenants and therefore an inside informant. Duke and his gang plot their elaborate robbery, unaware that every move is monitered and recorded (hence the film's title). I can't give away too much of the plot as it would spoil it for the viewer, but the final showdown between the gang and the police is quite stunning, considering it was done on location on Fifth Avenue. Allow for the fact that it is 1971 technology and enjoy an excellent thriller.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C. Harper on 3 April 2006
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After 30 years I've just watched the Anderson Tapes again. This time around I saw a radical movie with a strong dash of pure anarchism, both in it's script and, most of all, it's principal character, a man with a very clear attitude toward authority, law, justice, order, property - and shrinks. In these areas that the movie is most uncompromising. It's got a nice sense of humour, best seen when the cops are on screen, it's experimental at times, it's even feminist. Great cast, great director. Don't miss it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Wade VINE VOICE on 31 Aug 2009
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I missed this film first time round. It has shades of Taking of Pelham 1, 2 3 as you wonder how they are going to get away with it especially as the police turn up.

There is use of flashback when they talk to the various hostages and you get the impression they must have succeeded.

Sean Connery as an ex con decides to pull a burglary in an apartment where his ex girlfriend lives.

He gets a gang together and uses a favour owed by the mob who puts up the money.

As they story unfolds you see him under surveillance but you don't know why. It transpires that the building is being put under surveillance by a variety of people being the IRS and his girlfriend's fella.

The mob put up the money but they foist a baddy on him ,Socks who likes hurting people.

The gang includes some black blokes who Socks calls spooks and a gay character. The film made in the early seventies is very racist and homophobic.

It is a clever story and you are kept guessing the whole time.

I won't give away the ending but it is worth a good few looks. The Internet reckons it is going to be remade in 2010 as was taking of Pelham 123. Don't they have any original stories?

I only read afterwards that the point of the story was all about surveillance in that different agencies were looking for different things and none of them spotted that a burglary we was going to take place as they were only interested in their narrow area and did not communicate with each other.

In a way it is a very modern story as there is more chance of that happening now. 9/11 was all about that in that various authorities must have known of the conspirators but no one joined the dots and came to the answer.

Maybe not a great film but a very good one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jeremiah harbottle on 2 Oct 2011
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this film has a good idea and a good cast on hand but the trouble is, is that you are soon aware of sean connery's fate the moment he plans the robbery at the apartment block as his movements are constantly being monitored. it doesn't offer much hope of a reasonable climax or build-up of any description.
the music is good though, i found it to be quite catchy and it gave the film quite a modern feel.
at least in "the anderson tapes," sean connery is afforded more of a chance to show what he can do as an actor, his performance here is better than in any of his bond films. also, it makes for a refreshing change that he appears without his hairpiece. he's clearly not bothered by appearing on film without one.
the supporting cast is quite interesting with martin balsam and christopher walken coming off best.
the ending is a huge disappointment though, there's no tension, no last minute twist to the story, it is all routine and dramatically flat.
this is not one of connery's worst films by far but certainly is not one of his greatest either.
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