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Engaging heist flick from Lawrence Sanders' novel has recently-paroled master thief Sean Connery plotting one last job: robbing the residents of an entire New York apartment house! Some of the sideline plots--such as Connery's relationship with prostitute Dyan Cannon--don't add up to much and a few of the story details, like the title-named tapes, never come to fruition. However, the character writing by Frank Pierson is expressive and sharp, and there are wonderful supporting performances by Martin Balsam, Alan King, and Christopher Walken in his film debut. Connery is terrific as well, though the film's tone grows suddenly serious near the finish, which may leave many viewers feeling conned. Sean's camaraderie with his old cronies is wonderfully handled by director Sidney Lumet, though Cannon (the token female) gets left out of the mix. Writer Pierson and Lumet later teamed for "Dog Day Afternoon", which this film resembles in style and content. **1/2 from ****
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