The Anderson Tapes
The Anderson Tapes (1971)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 17, 1971
DVD Release Date: January 6, 2003
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Scripter Frank Pierson with director Sidney Lumet has injected broadly comic aspects and the laughs work without reducing suspense.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Works very, very nicely.

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Rob Fraser
Empire Magazine

Carries the unfortunate burden of echoing other, better films.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Watchable but curiously muffled thriller.

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Cole Smithey

Although one of Sidney Lumet's minor efforts, "The Anderson Tapes" functions as a cool retro caper movie full of nostalgic details. The film's car chase climax is no joke.

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Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times

Lumet does manage to achieve a certain sarcastic humour.

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Roger Greenspun
New York Times

I am full of admiration for the superb pacing, the tactful understatement of the location shooting, the sharp feel of the city.

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TV Guide

A good example of the now-neglected caper genre.

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Sky Cinema

Despite its heavy undertones of satire, irony and social comment, this entertaining film is basically a caper thriller.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Adam Mahler
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… More
jay nixon
Routine caper film starts well but runs out of steam at the end. Dyan Cannon is a bright spot but disappears half way through. Still fun for the many familiar… More
Ken Stachnik
Love the structure, hated the music. Solid performance by Connery and the first performance by Walken make Anderson Tapes worth a watch.
Brian R
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… More
Cassandra Maples
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… More
Grifty G
Just released on dvd for the first time: Enjoyable Sidney Lumet caper, lighter than the Hill and The Offence, with Connery as Ace thief 10 years behind the… More