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The Anderson Tapes

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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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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Dyan Cannon, Martin Balsam, Paul Benjamin, Hildy Brooks
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CQONHM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,172 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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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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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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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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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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I was amazed to see that this film was released in 1971, a few years before illegal electronic surveillance and taping by government officials would become a huge story with Watergate. It's not a perfect movie, but it's enjoyable, clever and quirky. Everything about it screams "early 1970s." A very young Christopher Walken turns in a memorable performance in his first film.
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Sean Connery plays an ex-convict quick to organize a complicated burglary in his ritzy girlfriend's apartment building (Dyan Cannon). Unbeknown to Connery or the police, a third party is taping events throughout the apartment building.

Permission to do the burglary is received from the local organized-crime figure but requires that he take along one of their men and that Connery kill him. What is more colorful is that Martin Balsam plays a faltering fag and Christopher Walken a safe cracker, both members of the gang. This is Christopher Walken's earliest known movie.

All-in-all the film is solid entertaining and worth the price.
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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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