The Anderson Tapes (1971) Film Review D

DIRECTOR: Sidney Lumet
BOTTOM LINE: Just three years before they made their landmark gay movie “Dog Day Afternoon,” director Sidney Lumet and writer Frank Pierson gave us a nasty gay stereotype in Haskins (played by heterosexual actor Martin Balsam), an antique dealer (of course!) who helps a just-out-of-jail Sean Connery carry out the robbery of a luxury apartment building – his job is to show, with a very limp wrist, his fellow robbers the best pieces to steal. Hamming it up and mincing all over the place, this is a cringe-worthy performance made all the worse by the fact that the character is rarely referred to by his given name, just The Fag. As for the movie, it’s a bore – its only claim to fame is the credit; “Introducing Christopher Walken,” who makes his film debut here.

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