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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Dyan Cannon, Martin Balsam, Paul Benjamin, Hildy Brooks
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CQONHM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,428 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A habitual criminal, looking for a big score immediately upon leaving prison, goes to the syndicate seeking funds for a massive robgery. He intends to ransack a posh East Side New York Apartment building. Rounding up a gang of top-flight thieves, he proceeds to plan and carry out his caper unaware that he is being taped.

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Look for Christopher Walken's distinctive face in his film debut.
gobirds2
Very good direction, and an all star cast make this movie an eminently good choice.
Bartok Kinski
The plot however is a little confusin and I think it could be a better film.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By gobirds2 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 3, 2000
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Sean Connery turns in an excellent and memorable performance in this excellent thriller competently acted, well scripted and neatly directed about a heist where everything is not what it appears to be. This film is full of great characters and suspense. Quincy Jones composed a great score. Look for Christopher Walken's distinctive face in his film debut. It will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By khense on June 6, 2005
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As thriller,"Anderson Tapes"is average. However as theater - an ensemble piece - it's an American classic. Sean's best role: a likeable guy out of jail after staying quiet for ten years on behalf of the mob. They owe him a favor (small potatoes)which is the problem (they now prefer big business - linen service, construction, etc.). Ultimately they stake Connery and his magnificent raggedy crew to pull a major burglary (Sean's retirement). Meanwhile the FBI (in search of bigger fish) monitors Connery's ensuing bad luck like an indifferent god.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sammy on February 7, 2004
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The Anderson Tapes is an example of what director Sidney Lumet is capable of creating: an entertaining yet somehow thoughtful film. This was the movie that actually made me appreciate Sean Connery. In the Bond films he was doomed to be typecast. Sidney Lumet bailed him out and Connery owes him big time. Great setup and cameos: including an underrated scene with the great Garret Morris as a limber police officer, who would go on to become one of the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players on Saturday Night Live just a few years later (along with Belushi, Chase, Radner, etc.). Christopher Walken looks like a baby in this one and Martin Balsam is pretty funny. Nice flash forward scenes make it seem like it can never be a dated film. Chilling last scene makes the film and a point about our technological age.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2003
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Great flick. Fast paced armed robbery thriller driven by an ultra funky Quincy Jones soundtrack. Excellent direction, and an all star cast make this movie a great choice. I believe this was even Christopher Walken's first film. Sidney Lumet's style is unmatched as the fast paced editing follows the excellent soundtrack. Onoe of the best films ever made in my opinion.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TonyD on March 3, 2012
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This overlooked gem is a must-watch for anyone nostalgic for New York of the late 60s/early 70s. New York in the east 90s never looked so cool or so rich as suave Sean Connery (the eponymous "Duke" Anderson) and crew scheme to knock off an ultra-swank apartment building on a quiet labor day weekend. Predating Coppola's Coversation, the hook here is that several members of Connery's crew, including him, are being surveilled for one reason or another, so the entire heist, from planning to execution, is caught on tape. Federal agents listen into conversations of mobsters who finance the job (comedian Alan King in an unexpectedly awesome turn as a Cosa Nostra boss), and Black Panther associates while framed portraits of president Nixon hang on the wall in the background. 60s super-fox Dyan Cannon plays Connery's old girlfriend/kept woman who has to make some tough choices, and this film also introduces Cristopher Walken as Connery's drug dealing sidekick who reluctantly gets talked into upping the ante by Connery. In addition, Martin Balsam shows off his acting chops as a gay fence, while old-time Saturday Night Live fans will love the great turn here by Garrett Morris as an NYPD cop. This is an excellent (and overlooked, for my money) Sidney Lumet vehicle with great upper east side NY locales -- the subject apartment building looks like some renaissance palazzo (even the roof and stairwells are swanky). If you digged Rosemary's Baby, check out the Anderson Tapes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Baldwin on October 4, 2008
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Director Sidney Lumet is impeccable in handling any type of material. What should have been a routine caper film in the hands of Lumet's masterful direction and scenarist Frank Pierson (Oscar for "Dog Day Afternoon" turns into something transcendant. Lumet isn't so much concerned with the caper because it's pretty routine and it's a foregone conclusion how it's going to go down. What distinguishes the film is the terrific dark comedy and great characters. What can you say about a movie whose cast includes everyone from Margaret Hamilton ("The Wizard of Oz") to Garrett Morris("Saturday Night Live")? I particularly liked the work of Judith Lowry whose claim to fame was playing brassy grannies on Seventies sitcoms and plays a similar character here to great effect. Sean Connery is ostensible star but basically his job is to be ringmaster to the circus environment. A real gem and a feather in the cap for director Lumet.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian on May 26, 2009
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I'm a big fan of director Sidney Lumet, particularly of his work from the '60s and '70s ('12 Angry Men,' 'Long Day's Journey,' 'The Hill,' 'The Pawnbroker,' 'Serpico,' 'Orient Express,' 'Dog Day Afternoon,' and his masterpiece, 'Network,' among others), but I find 'Anderson Tapes' clunky, dated and generally missing the point. As a caper film, it's poorly constructed and maladroitly edited. There is no real effort made to set up the logistics of the robbery or establish the characters of the quirky group involved, and that lack of groundwork renders the heist itself, which is badly executed and ultimately botched, barely interesting to watch and almost entirely devoid of suspense. Now, that could be forgiven in the context of what should have been the larger satirical message of the movie: the inability of the various 'big brother' entities-- which paradoxically rely upon their impressive techno-toys in lieu of good detective or communications work-- eavesdropping on the planning of the proceedings to connect the dots and foil the nefarious plot (sound familiar?). However, this clever thematic thread is dropped halfway through and gets picked up again only as an ending joke, leaving the audience with rather an unsatisfied feeling. Connery, looking prematurely shopworn, is OK but not utilized to any great effect; Walken is very good but underdeveloped; and Dyan Cannon seems to have been thrown in for no particular reason save a minor plot device (and some skin). I even found Quincy Jones's score intrusive and out of place. As another reviewer points out, the highlight of the film are the excellent glimpses of 1970s NYC. I'm being generous in giving it three stars.
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