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Dog Day Afternoon (1975) Movie Information

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Sidney Lumet


Al Pacino
John Cazale
Carol Kane
Charles Durning
James Broderick
Chris Sarandon





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A man tries to rob a bank to pay for his girlfriend's surgery when it turns into a long hostage situation in which none of the crooks are very skilled at.

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Always amazed Al did not win an Oscar for this brilliant portrayal.

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Superb direction and great casting - that feeling of being stuck right there with them in bank, dripping sweat - you don't just feel like you're watching a movie, you're experiencing it. This is a classic thriller in the best sense of the word and anyone who likes a tightly-woven story should be interested in it.

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A film entirely conceived around a small, faulty bank robbery that has bigger repercussions on the outside. The unfolding character motives are effective and the pacing is great. This is a tight and well crafted heist.

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03/25/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

"Dog Day Afternoon" by Yojimbo

In the summer of 1972, a Vietnam veteran and an old comrade attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank so he could afford to pay for a sex change operation for his gay lover. When the heist goes awry, the situation soon degenerated into a media circus. This story is definitely a case of fact being stranger than fiction because bizarrely, this is based on a true story. Another classic thriller from Sidney Lumet's long career, this also is one of Al Pacino's defining performances but as is the case with a lot of his work, it's a bit of a one man show. The one note format (unavoidably so because of the source material) really just consists of Pacino talking to the hostages-talking to the police-talking to the hostages etc etc through til the end. All the best scenes involve him dealing with his "famil...

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03/10/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

A bank robbery gone horribly wrong!

Based on a true story Al Pacino portrays Sonny, a gay man who has left his wife and kids and is now living with a man who has confessed to him he's a transgender individual and the doctors have recommended a sex change for him. Sonny gets the crazy idea to rob a bank to get enough money to pay for his lover’s sex change operation.

He and his buddy John Cazale enter the Chase Manhattan First Savings Bank in Flatbush, Brooklyn hoping to carry out a quick robbery. They're supposed to be in and out one thing leads to another and they quickly find themselves trapped and surrounded by hundreds of New York's finest holding a bunch of unfortunate bank employees’ hostage.

I can't get over how young Pacino looks here and his mesmerizing performance is awe inspiring stuff, he mixes comedy and...

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08/09/2011 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

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Since Al Pacino is my all-time favorite actor, I was fortunate enough to purchase the DVD without regret. Let’s begin with the cast, which all you need is Al Pacino (Sonny Wortzik) and John Cazale (Salvatore Naturil). They enacted as brothers in one of the greatest and most popular films in history (Godfather I and II) which in effect, played a huge role in their onscreen tandem. At that time, the relationship of “Sal” and Sonny was not acceptable. A film whose main objective was to rob a bank for his lover’s sex change is ludicrous. Still, it was effectively pulled off by Sidney Lumet because of his skilled directing, intriguing script, all around stunning performances and usage of resources. I personally felt Pacino should have won an Oscar, since his range in acting has been chal...

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