Dog Day Afternoon

Dog Day Afternoon

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Director: Sidney Lumet

Cast: Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning

     
 

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Based on a true 1972 story, Sidney Lumet's 1975 drama chronicles a unique bank robbery on a hot summer afternoon in New York City. Shortly before closing time, scheming loser Sonny (Al Pacino) and his slow-witted buddy, Sal (John Cazale), burst into a Brooklyn bank for what should be a run-of-the-mill robbery, but everything goes wrong, beginning with the fact that… See more details below

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Based on a true 1972 story, Sidney Lumet's 1975 drama chronicles a unique bank robbery on a hot summer afternoon in New York City. Shortly before closing time, scheming loser Sonny (Al Pacino) and his slow-witted buddy, Sal (John Cazale), burst into a Brooklyn bank for what should be a run-of-the-mill robbery, but everything goes wrong, beginning with the fact that there is almost no money in the bank. The situation swiftly escalates, as Sonny and Sal take hostages; enough cops to police the tristate area surround the bank; a large Sonny-sympathetic crowd gathers to watch; the media arrive to complete the circus; and police captain Moretti (Charles Durning) tries to negotiate with Sonny while keeping the volatile spectacle under control. When Sonny's lover, Leon (Chris Sarandon), tries to talk Sonny out of the bank, we learn the robbery's motive: to finance Leon's sex-change operation. Sonny demands a plane to escape, but the end is near once menacingly cool FBI agent Sheldon (James Broderick) arrives to take over the negotiations.

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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:
10/05/2010
UPC:
0883929151233
Original Release:
1975
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Time:
2:04:00
Sales rank:
13,820

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director Sidney Lumet ; 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 -- A 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. Sunny 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 Planes: Maria's Boyfriend [7:19]
12. Angie 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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