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 robbery. With a gang of expert thieves, Anderson sets about to rob every wealthy tenant of a fancy East Side apartment building. What he doesn't know is that every move he makes is being monitored and taped by several law-enforcement agencies, who hope that Anderson will lead them to the Mob kingpins. Though the film may look like a "comment" on the Watergate break-in, The Anderson Tapes actually preceded that third-rate burglary by nearly two years. The Anderson Tapes boasts an impressive supporting cast, many of whom play wildly against type, including Alan King as an aging and infirm Mafia don. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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The Quincy Jones soundtrack was outstanding. The movie itself - a decent 1970's thriller. Lots of cool technology for the time. The original VHS boxart was much better than the DVD boxart. Worth a rental.
I thought this was a top notch heist film. The focus is on getting the team together and the procedure rather than slam bang action. Lumet has an interesting way of telling the story, and at times it's subtly funny. The cast includes a young Christopher Walken, a surprisingly good Alan King, and Garrett Morris pre-SNL.