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- DescriptionBefore Peter Finch was 'mad as hell' in NETWORK, Sidney Lumet's scorching indictment of the American television industry, Al Pacino played an equally ferocious and fed-up bank robber in Lumet's classic film DOG DAY AFTERNOON. Pacino is heartbreakingly real as Sonny, a smart and tough if self-destructive Brooklyn tough whose plan to rob the local bank to fund his male lover's (Chris Sarandon) sex change goes absurdly wrong. Accompanied only by his doltish accomplice, Sal (John Cazale), Sonny resorts to kidnapping a handful of bank employees when he realizes that all the money had been removed before his arrival. As the lengthy August day drags on, Sonny and the hordes of local police, led by Sergeant Moretti (Charles Durning), make little progress, and eventually Sonny's wife and lover are brought to the scene. The crowd's sympathy is immediately captured by the charismatic Sonny, whose antagonism with the police is played out before an audience of millions, leading to an inevitably tragic finish.<BR>Balancing suspense, violence, and humor, the film's depiction of a grand scale media event craftily dives from the political to the personal, evoking a piercing portrait of a single man and his devastating downward tumble into the cracks of the system that Lumet made a career of chronicling. DOG DAY AFTERNOON reunites Pacino with his SERPICO director Lumet, and stands as one of the finest films of the 1970s.
- Leading Role 1Al Pacino
- Director 1Sidney Lumet
- Leading Role 2Charles Durning
- Leading Role 3James Broderick
- Additional Roles byCarol Kane,John Cazale,Chris Sarandon
- ProducerMartin Elfand,Martin Bregman
- AuthorFrank Pierson
- EditorDede Allen
- Release FormatDVD
- Release Year2005
- Additional GenreGeneral
- Subtitle LanguagesArabic,English
- Running Time119 minutes
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- russ301230 Mar, 2017by
Very late review on a great film
Somebody told me this is a fine movie, I'd never seen it, so around 43 years after its release, I bought a copy. Yeah, brilliant drama. Tight script, great desperate characters, very well acted, and a true story. Usually true stories leave me cold, but this is remarkable and bizarre. If you've seen this movie, take no more notice of me, if you haven't, take a chance.
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- peterh724016 Jun, 2014by
Amazing true story
One of the gems of the 1970s - a wonderful decade for movies. It's the true story of an incompetent bank robbery that goes amazingly wrong. And it's all to pay for a sex change operation!`Awesome performances from Al Pacino and John Cazale (who played Fredo, the weak Corleone brother in The Godfather).
- wwedvd-official05 Sep, 2011by
Absolute classic. Al Pacino at his very best!
What can I say? Great scripting, epic actors, lovely film making and a griping true story. When it all comes together "Dog day afternoon" is an absolute classic. I am a big fan of Al Pacino's earlier work in comparison to his later stuff, as he became somewhat type cast and almost and on screen caricature of himself. His performance in this movie shows his real flare and showcases his amazing talent and adaptability. Even if you are not a hardcore Pacino fan, I still urge you to watch this movie. I believe it will always be an exciting and relevant movie to watch and for many years to come.
- jotechno07 Jan, 2010by
Dog Day Afternoon DVD
I remember seeing this film back in the 1970's, it is the story of a Bank Robbery that went badly wrong. There's a very funny side to this film, and also quite sad towards the end. Al Pacino's reluctant acomplice Sal, begins to wonder what he's got himself into when they discover there's very little money in the Bank Safe. The crisis that faces the bungling bank robbers quickly turns into a Live television drama with Al Pacino the Star, and as it unfolds dark secrets start to emerge that shed light on what motivated this badly planned bank robbery. I can highly recommend this film to everybody, it has a great retro 1970's feel to it and will make you laugh.
- ghengis444401 Feb, 2008by
It has a Karmann Ghia in it
I saw this on telly a year ago, I believe it was Al Pacinos first big role, he was excellent,and it was excellent , it's an interesting concept. Its about a bank heist by some really inept bunglers and their relationship with the hostages and the police. I bought it as when I saw it on the telly I thought I glimpsed a mint green KG. I own one and I'm a KG spotter, so to be sure I really had seen it(they move fast) I had to buy it. good price too! It was gloriously 70's so any lovers of that era would enjoy it too. It had a kind of Starsky and Hutch feel to it if that helps.
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