Dog Day Afternoon

Dog Day Afternoon

4.8 6
Director: Sidney Lumet

Cast: Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning

     
 

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One of the biggest catalog favorites from the Warner Bros. library gets a worthwhile redux on this disc. The new anamorphic transfer is a substantial improvement on the 1997 DVD, offering more vivid colors and sharper detail. The audio retains the original mono soundtrack and it's a good one that boasts a nice clarity to its dialogue and an atmospheric use of sound… See more details below

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One of the biggest catalog favorites from the Warner Bros. library gets a worthwhile redux on this disc. The new anamorphic transfer is a substantial improvement on the 1997 DVD, offering more vivid colors and sharper detail. The audio retains the original mono soundtrack and it's a good one that boasts a nice clarity to its dialogue and an atmospheric use of sound effects. The feature disc also includes a commentary track with Sidney Lumet that offers an outstanding amount of information on this film. Lumet covers all the bases, from aesthetic to technical, and keeps all the information rolling at a nice steady pace. The first disc is capped by the original theatrical trailer. The second disc contains the majority of the extras. The centerpiece in a new four-part documentary on the film that covers the story that inspired the film, how it was cast, the details of its production, and the public response to it. These pieces offer new interviews with Lumet, Al Pacino, and many other principals and do a fine job chronicling the film's history. The other feature on disc two is a vintage production featurette that offers some fun, interesting on-the-set footage showing Lumet and his cast at work. All in all, this is a great set and a must for any Dog Day Afternoon fan.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Shooting on location in New York, Sidney Lumet and Oscar-winning writer Frank Pierson maintain an objective view of a potentially exploitative story, grasping both the human comedy of an absurd situation and the utter seriousness of what's at stake. Sonny and Sal are not so much stereotypical figures of ridicule as they are lost souls at the mercy of forces beyond their control and comprehension. Yet they are not romanticized; neither cops nor robbers come off well. Dog Day Afternoon found a large 1975 audience for its oddball yet timely story, with all of the lead actors, especially Al Pacino, winning kudos for their bravura performances. Tapping into contemporary tensions over law, media, and sexuality, with Pacino's confused antihero at the center of the melee, Dog Day Afternoon is a quintessential 1970s story, devoid of unequivocal good guys and replete with public and private turmoil.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/28/2006
UPC:
0085393372729
Original Release:
1975
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:04:00
Sales rank:
9,807

Special Features

Closed Caption; "The Making of Dog Day Afternoon: A 4-Part 30th-Anniversary Documentary": Explore the actual events that inspired the movie, casting, filming, and aftermath; Commentary by director Sidney Lumet; Vintage featurette "Lumet: Film Maker"; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Al Pacino Sonny
John Cazale Sal
Charles Durning N.Y. Detective Moretti
Sully Boyar Bank Manager Mulvaney
Chris Sarandon Leon
Penny Allen Sylvia
James Broderick FBI Agent Sheldon
Susan Peretz Angie
Judith Malina Mother
Thomas Murphy Policeman with Angie
Beulah Garrick Margaret
Carol Kane Jenny
Sandra Kazan Deborah
Marcia Jean Kurtz Miriam
Amy Levitt Maria
John Marriott Howard
Estelle Omens Edna
Gary Springer Stevie
Carmine Foresta Carmine
Lance Henriksen Murphy
Floyd Levine Phone Cop
Dick Anthony Williams Limo Driver
Dominic Chianese Father
William Bogert TV Studio Anchorman
Ron Cummins TV Reporter
Jay Gerber Sam
Philip Charles MacKenzie Doctor
Chu Chu Malave Maria's Boy Friend
Lionel Pina Pizza Boy
Todd Everett Cop (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director
Dede Allen Editor
Charles Bailey Production Designer
Martin Bregman Producer
Michael Chinich Casting
Robert Drumheller Set Decoration/Design
Martin Elfand Producer
Robert Greenhut Associate Producer
Burtt Harris Asst. Director
Douglas Higgins Art Director
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
Don Phillips Casting
Frank Pierson Screenwriter
James J. Sabat Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Schuler Camera Operator
Reginald Tackley Makeup
Richard Vorisek Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dog Day Afternoon
1. August 22, 1972 [3:21]
2. The Robbery Begins [5:15]
3. Movin' Right Along [4:25]
4. Where There's Smoke [3:29]
5. Police Arrive [4:05]
6. Sonny and Mulvaney [4:31]
7. FBI and Media Arrive [2:33]
8. First Hostage Sprung [3:35]
9. "Attica!" [4:53]
10. The Wortziks; on the Air [5:06]
11. Travel Plans; Maria's Boyfriend [7:19]
12. Angle Doesn't Believe It [1:32]
13. Shot Fired, Food Ordered [8:51]
14. Riches; a Star Is Born [2:55]
15. Keep Your Body Pure [1:34]
16. Leon Arrives; Life With Sonny [:21]
17. Freak Show [7:17]
18. Lights Out, Sheldon In [3:11]
19. Mulvaney Stricken [7:00]
20. Sonny and Leon Talk [1:50]
21. Sonny and Angie Talk [8:18]
22. "Sonny All the Way!" [4:41]
23. Mom; 10-Minute Warning [1:53]
24. Dictating a Will [2:59]
25. Bus and Driver Inspection [4:35]
26. Bus Brigade Departs [5:31]
27. Kennedy Airport [4:29]
28. "Sal! Ready to Go?" [3:14]
29. Under Arrest [1:42]
30. Coda and End Credits [2:26]

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