Dog Day Afternoon

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

The Making of Dog Day Afternoon: 4-part documentary exploring 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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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2007
  • UPC: 085391136880
  • Original Release: 1975
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Presentation: Remastered / Special Edition / Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 2:04:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 12,375

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
William Bogert TV Studio Anchorman
Dominic Chianese Father
Ron Cummins TV Reporter
Todd Everett Cop (uncredited)
Carmine Foresta Carmine
Beulah Garrick Margaret
Jay Gerber Sam
Lance Henriksen Murphy
Carol Kane Jenny
Sandra Kazan Deborah
Marcia Jean Kurtz Miriam
Floyd Levine Phone Cop
Amy Levitt Maria
Philip Charles MacKenzie Doctor
Chu Chu Malave Maria's Boy Friend
John Marriott Howard
Thomas Murphy Policeman with Angie
Estelle Omens Edna
Lionel Pina Pizza Boy
Gary Springer Stevie
Dick Anthony Williams Limo Driver
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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Ultimate Bank Robbery

    Over all I think this movie ranks on the list of the all time best classics, it had great acted and a great script, plus Sidney Lumet made it. This movie is just about a couple of losers who set out to 'rob' a bank, but it goes wrong fast, and now they are stuck inside, as tensions grow so does the crowd outside the bank. This movie is ecellent, and it is 'based' on a true story, but over all I think any one can enjoy it's humor, suspense, and of course it's sorrow. You can, kind of, relate to the characters, even though they are not ordinary, but that's what makes the movie so great, just watch it, I promise you'll enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FUNNY...BUT SAD MOVIE...FOR ALL INVOLVED

    A TRUE STORY...SO THEY SAY...BUT I FELT IT WAS ALL...FUNNY...SAD...HAPPY...CONFUSING...NOT NOT OF COURSE IN THAT ORDER...BUT I WAS A GREAT MOVIE...GREAT ACTORS ...STORYLINE WAS GREAT...AND OF COURSE I HAVE THE MOVIE...AND WATCH IT OFTEN..

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