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Anderson gets released from prison after serving his 10 years for being a safe cracker. He hooks up with an old girlfriend who’s living in a swanky New York apartment. He starts casing the place right away and sees a big score right in front of him. He goes to see a mob buddy who fronts his heist idea. Anderson then puts together a crew, getting in touch with some guys he did time with and a few others in the life. They go to work setting up the score. From the moment Anderson got out of the joint he’s been under constant surveillance by various operations. The film plays out while the tapes roll.
CB sat in the Saturday matinee and ate up this “Heist” film and loved every bite. Sidney Lumet puts together a tight film. Well shot, acted, edited and well told. His pace catches the story from all angles. He adds a good shot of humor and keeps it real. One scene where the heist team first hits the apartment to set things up is a great piece of filmmaking. The pace and Quincy Jones music really nails it. Good stuff! The whole surveillance/tape thing worked for me. Under a constant eye.
The performances are solid throughout. Good casting helps. The crew are all great. Christopher Walken and Martin Balsam ( Does this guy ever do bad work), Alan King lead the way. We get to see a variety of characters well played. Stan Gottlieb as “Pop” is a beauty. Totally institutionalized. Sean Connery plays Anderson and is more than solid. The guy is a good natural actor. He does some real nice work in here. When he hits an emotional string he keeps it real. Plus I like that he really doesn’t get that this is not a good idea. He has his moments of “What the fuck am I doing?”
The Anderson Tapes is wired. Lots of good scenes add up to make a good film. A good Heist/Caper flick that engages you. Well worth a watch.
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