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Movie : The Anderson Tapes

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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.

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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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25 comments on “Movie : The Anderson Tapes

  1. J.
    June 24, 2018

    Great cast there, CB… I still need to grab a copy of the DVD. I’ve just been a bit ‘movie lazy’ … I’ll need to prioritise this sucker, though.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 24, 2018

      I’m always catching up on films I’ve missed or that have been recommended. ‘Anderson Tapes’ is a cool watch. Like we’ve discussed before Sean is a good actor given the material.

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      • J.
        June 24, 2018

        He’s a man who would do good by you if the role was there, for sure. I do miss his presence on the big screen.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 24, 2018

        I think we talked of our Sean love before.

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      • J.
        June 24, 2018

        Indeed we have, CB… indeed we have.

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  2. Yeah, Another Blogger
    June 24, 2018

    I got a lot of holes in my memory, but I don’t think I saw this one. I like heist movies. I like Sean and I like Alan King. I plan to check it out!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 24, 2018

      Something about these films made in the 70’s. Lumet has a pretty good batting average with me. Ralph Meeker comes in at the end and the lead cop. I think he was half pissed. I still liked him.

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  3. Sarca
    June 25, 2018

    Sarca’s never seen this!! Gotta rectify!

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  4. Jim S.
    June 25, 2018

    I remember this being out but boy, for the life of me I couldn’t have told you who was in it. You have a fondness for the obscure ones.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 25, 2018

      Like i said to some else it has that 70’s style that i loved and still do. The actors aren’t trying to act New York guys, they are New York guys (except Connery). I think you would dig it because you’re familiar with that area. Plus it’s a funky/hip little film. I’d just be repeating myself on all the things I liked about it.

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      • Jim S.
        June 26, 2018

        Yeah I lived in NYC in the early ’70’s when Times Square was still the hellhole depicted in “Taxi Driver” and “Midnight Cowboy.” I loved all those gritty NY films.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 26, 2018

        This takes place in a more upscale part of the city. You might recognize some of the locations. But it does get to a few rougher parts when they are setting up the heist. One of the characters is afraid to go out and get lunch in the part of town their in. Funny. He was supposed to be a bad guy. Did you ever see the 7Ups. That’s a good NY one also.

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      • Jim S.
        June 26, 2018

        Roy Scheider, yeah. Another good one.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 26, 2018

      I remember how much you and your buddy loved ‘The Last Detail’. At the time it was not mainstream. Jack was just getting noticed for his work. If I’m correct he was nominated for an Academy for that role and I also think Art Carney won for Harry and Tonto. Nothing against Art (never seen the flick) but yeah I liked the obscure (but good) ones just like a lot of the music I listen to. “The Secret Shit” Doc

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      • Jim S.
        June 26, 2018

        That whole late ’60’s, early ’70’s period of film was from heaven. CB would have made a great Popeye Doyle.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 26, 2018

        I feel the same on that era. I just watched one I missed a while ago ‘Sorcerer’. A couple of French Connection guys, Friedkin and Scheider team up for a real off the radar flick and head down to South America for adventure. Reminds me of the Doc heading down there to get away from the clown running your country.

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      • Jim S.
        June 26, 2018

        Yeah! Saw ‘Sorcerer’ years ago and then again last year. Original is supposed to be better but that was good.

        Watch out for our clown. He’s gonna build a wall between US and Canada and you’ll be stuck up there forever.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 26, 2018

        You flatter me with the Doyle thing. One of the best performances and characters in CB’s film journey.

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      • Jim S.
        June 26, 2018

        Hackman’s a terrific actor, eh? I may have a French Connection reference in an upcoming post.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 26, 2018

        You have me curious. Gene is a fave of mine. Pretty high batting average.

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  5. Jim S.
    June 26, 2018

    We’ll see how it goes. It’s a tune I might want to post.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 26, 2018

      I remember when Hackman and Scheider went to the bar at the start of the film and that womans group was singing. Great tune.

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      • Jim S.
        June 27, 2018

        Or when they’re standing out in the cold watching the bad guys enjoy a fine meal while they drink crappy vending machine coffee. Scheider says to Hackman, “You want the red or the white (wine)?” Hackman says “Pour it in your ear.”

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 27, 2018

        Great scene. You have my mind turning on the connection you have up your sleeve.

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