DVD Review: The Anderson Tapes

The Anderson Tapes
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release date: September 23rd, 2008
MSRP: $19.94

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Sean Connery, Dyan Cannon, Martin Balsam, Paul Benjamin, Hildy Brooks

This is part of a collection Sony is calling the Martini Movies. I’m not sure why, I’m just glad this film is out on DVD.

Originally released in 1971 this movie saw Sean Connery at a point in his career just after when he wanted to break away from the Bond stereo type. I think by this point already it was clear that Connery was much more than 007..

In this movie he is Duke Anderson, a UK national in prison in the US. We learn that he was doing time to protect a mobster’s son. When he gets out of prison he plans a heist, what looks to be a pretty big heist. What follows is tha planning and execution of the plan. The title comes into play because it seems no matter where he goes and whatever he does he is being filmed and taped. Nobody knows who he is, it just happens all the people he associates with are being watched.

The robbery moves like clockwork, but of course there is a mistake made and it goes sour. The fun is in watching the setup. The supporting cast is terrific. A young Christopher Walken, Garret Morris, Martin Balsem, and Alan King and Dyan Canon. There is also a host of supporting players in smaller roles that most movie and TV viewers will recognize.

The movie is based on a book by Lawrence Sanders which was one of the first to point out the constant surveillance we live under. It’s a fun movie and the price is right.

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Jon Jordan