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Anderson Tapes
     

The Anderson Tapes

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Director: Sidney Lumet

Cast: Sean Connery, Dyan Cannon, Martin Balsam

 
This breathlessly paced high-tech thriller stars Sean Connery as Anderson, a career criminal who's just been released from his latest prison term. Seeking a quick financial turnover, Anderson uses mob funding to finance an ambitious robbery. With a gang of expert thieves, Anderson sets about to rob every wealthy tenant of a fancy East Side apartment building. What he

Overview

This breathlessly paced high-tech thriller stars Sean Connery as Anderson, a career criminal who's just been released from his latest prison term. Seeking a quick financial turnover, Anderson uses mob funding to finance an ambitious robbery. With a gang of expert thieves, Anderson sets about to rob every wealthy tenant of a fancy East Side apartment building. What he doesn't know is that every move he makes is being monitored and taped by several law-enforcement agencies, who hope that Anderson will lead them to the Mob kingpins. Though the film may look like a "comment" on the Watergate break-in, The Anderson Tapes actually preceded that third-rate burglary by nearly two years. The Anderson Tapes boasts an impressive supporting cast, many of whom play wildly against type, including Alan King as an aging and infirm Mafia don.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Caper films like The Anderson Tapes live or die by their plots; it's really great when there is also fully developed (or interesting or colorful) characters or snappy dialogue or an underlying allegory, but without careful attention to plot, a caper flick just never gets out of the gate. Anderson Tapes is fortunate to have a very nifty plot gimmick as its basis and fortunate that the structure that supports that gimmick is also sound. It's somewhat less fortunate in the dialogue department. What Anderson Tapes has is not bad, mind you, but it doesn't crackle the way it intends to and sometimes comes across as merely perfunctory. The main character is very well developed, the supporting cast rather less so; but if they're fairly stock, the supporting characters still have one or two defining characteristics each that make them stand out a little from their general types. And all of the characters are very well played, starting with Sean Connery's laid back, assured Anderson and including a very change-of-pace Alan King, an effete Martin Balsam, and a very young Christopher Walken. Sidney Lumet's direction is efficient if not particularly distinctive; if it can be faulted for not always melding the serious and the comic aspects of the film, it still manages to get the job done. All in all, The Anderson Tapes is a very satisfactory heist film, one that's not great art but is a lot of fun.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2008
UPC:
0043396268074
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:39:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Original trailer; Martini minutes: "How to Play the Leading Man" and "How to Hold Your Liquor"

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Connery Duke Anderson
Dyan Cannon Ingrid Everleigh
Martin Balsam Haskins
Alan King Pat Angelo
Ralph Meeker Capt. Delaney
Frank Macetta Papa Angelo
Christopher Walken The Kid
Sam Coppola Private Detective
Garrett Morris Everson
Paul Benjamin Jimmy
Anthony Holland Psychologist
Richard B. Shull Werner Gottileb
John Call O'Leary
Ralph Stantley D'Medico
John Braden Vanessi
Michael Miller 1st Agent
Michael Prince Johnson
Jack Doroshow Eric
Hildy Brooks Receptionist
Robert Dagny Doctor
Bradford English TV Watcher
Reid Cruickshanks Judge
Tom Signorelli Sync Man
Carmine Caridi Detective A
Michael Fairman Sgt. Claire
Val Avery Socks Parelli
Conrad Bain Dr. Rubicoff
Margaret Hamilton Miss Kaler
Scott Jacoby Jerry Bingham
Joseph Leon Actor
Judith Lowry Mrs. Hathaway
Helen Martin Actor
Meg Myles Mrs. Longene
Norman Rose Mr. Longene
Max Showalter Mr. Bingham
Paula Trueman Nurse
Janet Ward Mrs. Bingham
Stanley Gottlieb Pop
Dick Williams Spencer
Dick Anthony Williams Spencer

Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director
Joanne Burke Editor
Gene Coffin Costumes/Costume Designer
Marion Dougherty Casting
Alan Hicks Set Decoration/Design
Alan Hopkins Asst. Director
Quincy Jones Score Composer
George Justin Associate Producer
Dennis L. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Saul Meth Makeup
Arthur Ornitz Cinematographer
Frank Pierson Screenwriter
Vic Ramos Casting
Philip Rosenberg Art Director
Robert M. Weitman Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Anderson Tapes
1. Chapter 1 [7:51]
2. Chapter 2 [7:09]
3. Chapter 3 [9:47]
4. Chapter 4 [11:02]
5. Chapter 5 [6:38]
6. Chapter 6 [4:48]
7. Chapter 7 [8:10]
8. Chapter 8 [8:07]
9. Chapter 9 [8:50]
10. Chapter 10 [5:56]
11. Chapter 11 [11:03]
12. Chapter 12 [9:21]

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