Dog Day Afternoon

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Released 1975

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Director:
Sidney Lumet
Released:
1975
Rating:
R
Dog Day Afternoon is the classic 1975 crime drama starring Al Pacino as a desperate Brooklyn bank robber who briefly became an anti-establishment folk hero. Based on a true story, the film follows Sonny Wortzik (Al Pacino) and his partner, Sal (John Cazale), bungle their attempt to rob a local bank, but soon find themselves holding the staff hostage. Police Captain Moretti (Charles Durning) surrounds the bank with cops and tries to convince the burglars to release the hostages. Over the course of the long hot summer night, the cops try to use Sonny's lover, Leon (Chris Sarandon), and his estranged wife, Angie (Susan Peretz), to convince Sonny to turn himself in. Meanwhile the media and local population form a crowd outside the bank and cheer on the robbers. Sidney Lumet directs this absorbing and humorous depiction of 1970s urban tension that won screenwriter Frank Pierson an Academy Award, as well as six other Oscar nominations.
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  • I always thought this film was from 1972...

    4.5
    apparently it was made in 1975. Not a great movie by the standard of the number of classic films made in the same era like The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. Dog Day was billed as a film about guy involved with a transexual 'wannna be' and I think many went to see it because they thought it was about sex change when it really wasn't. Probably Al Pacino's least great film. At one point it seems that Al Pacino is fighting with someone on the street and then gets hauled off by NYPD-and when the guy getting hit gets up off the sidewalk-it also seems to be Al Pacino. If you like drawn out not very exciting films than this one is for you. See The French Connection instead-that is a great crime film from the same era-this one isn't.moreless

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Drama, Suspense

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Crime, Classics