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The Anderson Tapes(1971)

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The closing cast credits differ in order from the opening credits. Onscreen credits note that all electronic devices are authentic and provided by The William J. Burns International Detective Agency Inc., and that video and tape recorders, cameras and related equipment were provided by Ampex Corporation. Actress Meg Myles's surname is misspelled onscreen as "Miles," and Reid Cruickshanks' surname is misspelled onscreen as "Cruckshanks."
       Preceding the opening credits, a prison psychiatrist interviews "Robert `Duke' Anderson" about his rehabilitation just hours before he is released from prison. Far from having reformed, an embittered Anderson regrets none of his past criminal activities and condemns white-collar criminals who steal without penalty. He then describes advertising as a "legalized con game," marriage as the equivalent of prostitution and the stock market as a "fixed horse race."
       Over the opening credits, fellow inmates Anderson, "William `Pop' Myer" and "The Kid" shower, dress in street clothes and are released from prison. Electronic beeping is heard throughout the film to indicate various forms of surveillance equipment. Short sections of dialogue are repeated immediately after they are uttered, to indicate that the characters have been recorded by various investigating organizations. In addition, during the heist scenes, police interviews of the victims taken after the robbery are intercut to partially describe the victim's perspective on the events.
       As noted in the Hollywood Reporter review, there are several differences between the novel and the film. Two of the the novel's characters, "Ingrid Macht" and "Agnes Everleigh," were combined into "Ingrid Everleigh" for the film. The picture also portrayed most of the characters more humorously than in the original novel, especially homosexual antique dealer "Tommy Haskins," who was played by actor Martin Balsam.
       The Anderson Tapes marked Robert M. Weitman's first film as an independent producer and the first major role for actor Christopher Walken. The film was shot on location in New York City. According to studio publicity, specific locations included Fifth Ave., the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Riker's Island Prison, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Luxor Health Club and portions of the Lower East Side. Interiors were shot at Hi Brown Studio and ABC-Path Studio, both in New York City. Although a September 30, 2003 Hollywood Reporter article noted that producer Lawrence Mark planned to remake The Anderson Tapes for Columbia, as of June 2006, this version had not been produced.