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Film / The Anderson Tapes

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The Anderson Tapes is a 1971 American neo-noir crime film directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Sean Connery.

Duke Anderson (Connery) decides to plan a hit on a luxurious Manhattan building soon after leaving prison, but unwittingly ends up entering a world of pervasive surveillance, from security cameras in public places to hidden recording devices. Complicating matters is that Duke has to cash in a debt of honor he contracted with the mob while in prison during the course of his robbery.

The movie also stars Dyan Cannon, Martin Balsam, Ralph Meeker, Garrett Morris, and Christopher Walken.

It was released on June 17, 1971.


Tropes for the film:

  • Bolivian Army Ending: Duke Anderson ends the film in critical condition after being shot. It is unknown what happens to him afterwards.
  • The Caper: The title refers to the fact the story is told through surveillance tapes.
  • Caper Rationalization: Anderson invokes this over the theft he's planning. It's actually a favor to the victims, who over-insure property. The cops have somebody to chase, the newspapers have something to write about, the list goes on. Then he subverts it by saying he's just in it for the money.
  • Composite Character: Ingrid Everleigh is a combination of Ingrid Macht and Agnes Everleigh from the novel.
  • Uriah Gambit: The mob's price for its help is that Duke take Socks along on the job... and make sure he doesn't survive it.