The Anderson Tapes 1971

The Anderson Tapes

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John "Duke" Anderson is a burglar (Sean Connery) recently released from prison who returns to his ex-girlfriend (Dyan Cannon) after 10 years to find her living in an expensive New York apartment building as the mistress of a wealthy man. Having learned nothing behind bars, Duke plots to rob every tenant in the building in a single grab, and works quickly to hire his team of thieves. What the gang doesn't realize is that the building is under heavy surveillance from various agencies.

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  • Jan 10, 2020
    Here is an interesting heist film, interesting because its underlining theme is technological government intrusion. Even though its from the 1970s, the idea that Big Brother is watching, for good or for evil, runs throughout. Sean Connery charismatically leads a big cast that's working to rob a fancy apartment building in midtown New York. Also interesting is that much of what we take for granted nowadays as generic cinematic language wasn't quite developed yet. So, when someone gets punched, there isn't any of the expected exaggerated sound effect to go with it. It actually sounds like a punch. It's a very human film for that lack of sophistication. "Opening a safe is like raping a woman, exciting..." says our lead, with none of the prerequisite political correctness of today. "One of the guys is a gay," says another in another spot. A curio from an earlier time, fascinating.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 05, 2011
    I just saw it b/c Tarantino put it on the March schedule at the New Beverly Theatre. I respected Lumet but I would never have expected he could have done this one, particularly not as early as 1971. It's very slick but from beginning to end has the spirit of the American New Wave that was coming. Maybe Lumet could see this direction for a studio vehicle after M*A*S*H, but he went all the way. The editing and cinematography show total confidence, in taking in so much of the surroundings -- with whatever invasive-looking cameras and monitors are on the walls -- at high speeds and getting across truthfully so many ephemeral moments of people relating to each other. Garret Morris suddenly appears as a policeman, and you actually see that at this point a new important role in the movie is for this guy to BE a policeman, that for a while what's happening with him and his sparse lines is literally as important as what's happening with Connery. My only disappointment with this movie was that it wasn't longer. I wanted to see how the characters would handle different situations between them, before the heist even began. Because once the heist begins, Lumet and Frank Pierson make each character we've come to believe in fade into the machinery they've chosen to be a part of. It's both the culminating bravery of the movie and the tragedy in it. Characterization is honored but ultimately subsumed by the filmmaking, which soon differs from the graceless destructiveness of monitors and camera only by the filmmakers' artistry and candor. This doesn't leave the viewer with a hollow feeling, but a hollowing one.
    Adam M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 10, 2011
    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.
    Cassandra M Super Reviewer
  • May 09, 2010
    Cool film by Sidney Lumet even though it's outdated I still like those taping bugging system ppl used back in those times. It's a heist film that goes all so wrong. I love how the editor Joanne Burke smartly uses freeze frames in this film. It's a good little caper picture with a good cast.
    Brian R Super Reviewer

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