Anderson Tapes, The (1971): Sidney Lumet Thriller with Sean Connery

Sidney Lumet’s “The Anderson Tapes” is a fast-paced, precisely directed thriller, with utmost attention to detail, about the master holdup plan of an ex-con (played by Sean Connery), and the strange electronic surveillances that have tracked him since he left prison.

Anderson seeks funds from the syndicate to back his massive, well-planned robbery, targeted at a lush Upper East Side apartment building.  He rounds up a gang of expert thieves, but he is unaware that he is being taped by various government agencies.

Knowing the site well, they break into unoccupied apartments and carry out the looting of each and every place.

The well-written scenario is penned by Frank Pierson, based on the novel by Lawrence Sanders.

The splendidly stage climax is particularly exciting in the way it is shot by Arthur J. Ornitz and edited by Joanne Burke.  Quincy Jones’s score contributes to the mood of the piece.

In addition to Sean Connery, who was at the end of his s James Bond era, the film stars Dyan Cannon, Martin Balsam, Ralph Meeker, Alan King, Margaret Hamilton, Garrett Morris and Christopher Walken, making his feature debut as the Kid.

This movie, one of the best caper movies in the 1970s, began a particularly creative phase in Lumet’s career, which saw the making of “Serpico,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” and “Network” back-to-back.

Running time: 98 Minutes.


Sean Connery as John “Duke” Anderson

Dyan Cannon as Ingrid Everleigh

Martin Balsam as Tommy Haskins

Ralph Meeker as Captain Delaney

Alan King as Pat Angelo

Christopher Walken as the kid

Val Avery as “Socks” Parelli

Dick Anthony Williams as Spencer

Garrett Morris as Everson, police sergeant

Stan Gottlieb as William “Pop” Myer

Paul Benjamin as Jimmy

Anthony Holland as psychologist

Richard B. Shull as Werne

Conrad Bain as Dr. Rubicoff

Margaret Hamilton as Miss Kaler

Judith Lowry as Mrs. Hathaway

Max Showalter as Bingham

Janet Ward as Mrs. Bingham

Scott Jacoby as Jerry Bingham, a young paraplegic ham radio operator



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