Dog Day Afternoon

Dog Day Afternoon

Director: Sidney Lumet Cast: Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning
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Overview

Dog Day Afternoon

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/10/2007
UPC: 0085391136880
Original Release: 1975
Rating: R
Source: Warner Home Video
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:04:00
Sales rank: 47,417

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

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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Dog Day Afternoon 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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