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The Anderson Tapes Blu Ray

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An early example of the techno-thriller, The Anderson Tapes--sharply directed by Sidney Lumet from the novel by Lawrence Sanders--follows just-out-of-stir Duke Anderson (a balding Sean Connery) as he plots the heist of an entire New York apartment building, enlisting a crew that includes Martin Balsam as a vintage 1971 gay stereotype and a very young Christopher Walken in perhaps the first of his jittery crook roles. The gimmick is that Anderson has been out of circulation so long that he doesn't realise his mafia backers are only supporting him because they feel nostalgic for the days before they were boring businessmen and that the whole setup is monitored by a criss-crossing selection of government and private agencies who don't care enough to thwart the robbery, which instead becomes unglued thanks to a gutsy young radio ham. With a cool Quincy Jones score, very tight editing, a lot of spot-on cameo performances from the likes of Ralph Meeker as a patient cop, this hasn't dated a bit: it's wry without being jokey and suspenseful without undue contrivance. On the DVD The Anderson Tapes offers a nice anamorphic transfer, a few trailers and various foreign language options. --Kim Newman

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  • 27 February 2017
  • Sidney Lumet
  • Sean Connery, Dyan Cannon
  • Blu Ray
  • Powerhouse FIlms
  • 15
  • 99 minutes
  • Blu-ray, DVD+Blu-ray

Crime thriller directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Sean Connery and Dyan Cannon. Ex-con Duke Anderson (Connery), backed by an underground mobster, assembles a skilled criminal gang with the intention of burgling every apartment in the block where his girlfriend (Cannon) lives. However, as they rob each flat of cash and jewellery - disguised as removal men - they are unaware that a young, crippled boy has cottoned on to their caper and informed the police on his ham radio.

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