A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Dog Day Afternoon
The Most Bizarre Bank Siege Ever.
A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.
Sonny and Sal decide to rob a bank. What could go wrong? Attica! Attica! Attica!
It's said "Fact is stranger than fiction." In this case, it's true. Dog Day Afternoon is based on a true story, and what a story it is. To divulge key plot elements would be criminal. You can't make this shit up. I was floored on more than one occasion. I didn't know to laugh or cry. But, I was entertained, and that's what matters.
Here's a flick that's way ahead of its time. Loaded with social issues that are still relevant today, sensational journalism, and a satire of the relations between the police and John Q. Public. I'm sure this one shocked audiences, especially if…
Based on a true story, filmed majorly in a single location & riding on the strength of its two sensational performances, Dog Day Afternoon is a firmly crafted, expertly narrated, briskly paced & accurately portrayed cinema that is much more than a robbery gone wrong story for it also tries to capture various issues prevalent in 1970s America with its anti-establishment tone.
Set in Brooklyn during the early 70s, Dog Day Afternoon tells the story of a first-time crook who along with his friend decides to rob a bank but their plan goes awry from the very start when they arrive at the bank after the daily cash pickup. However, with the arrival of police, the whole scenario inadvertently turns into a…
"I'm a Catholic and I don't wanna hurt anyone!"
I was slightly sad about rewatching Dog Day Afternoon because in doing a bit of reading about it, I discovered that Charles Durning died last Christmas Eve, a fact that I had not been aware of.
I'm not even sure how that news evaded me, and I was quite upset about it as he is unquestionably one of my favourite actors. He was probably never better than when he argues himself hoarse in the street after Al Pacino catches some cops trying to sneak in through the back window of the bank here. It perhaps just about pips him smashing Jack Kehoe's face into a table in…
Billed as "the most bizarre bank siege ever," Dog Day Afternoon is a remarkably strange beast.
Whereas most heist films fall fairly neatly into the action or thriller genres, this one begins as a comedy of errors and slowly changes into something much more dramatic and profound. This is the type of film that I would highly recommend watching without reading anything first, not because there’s a big twist or anything particularly spoilery, but rather because there’s a slow and subtle shift that I think is really worth witnessing on your own terms. It’s easily one of the best performances I’ve ever seen from Pacino (much more nuanced even than some of his more famous roles like in Scarface), and…
Dog Day Afternoon paints a portrait of a sick world. A world where a man is admired for holding a gun to the head of ten innocent women but is mocked for being a faggot.
A world where police can barely restrain a TV-addicted crowd hungry for bloodshed as they stifle their enthusiasm for violent turmoil. A world where an overweight fish-wife cries desperately over the phone to her homosexual husband whose life is about to expire for ratings. A world where a desperate, good man is pitted against another desperate good man amidst a sea of onlookers determined to cheer for blood. A world that celebrates the criminal and punishes the weak minority. A world that wants for nothing…
Dog Day Afternoon is the fourth five star masterpiece I've experienced from the late great Sidney Lumet. It's inspired by a true story documented in a 1972 article about a botched bank robbery in Brooklyn. Al Pacino plays Sonny Wortzik, the amateur criminal purely motivated by the pressure he feels to pay for his boyfriend's sexual reassignment surgery and support his ex-wife and two children. He is originally joined by John Cazale as Sal and another guy named Stevie, but Stevie backs out early on.
Everything that could possibly go wrong, does. The hostages feel comfortable enough with Sonny and Sal that they ask politely for minor comforts and end up forming a makeshift…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Terrific movie with Al Pacino in his prime. He plays Sonny, a young man who, along with his friend Sal (John Cazale), rob a Brooklyn bank so Sonny can pay for his gay lover's sex-change operation. Everything goes sideways almost immediately, with the vault's money haven already been picked up for the day, and various delays that allow the police to arrive. So, it turns into a hostage situation, with most of the hostages being women. Even though Sonny and Sal are extremely nervous they hold on, taking care of the hostages with little to no brutality. The police are led by Moretti (Charles Durning), who talks the most to Sonny, trying little-by-little to get things out of him. Sonny…
Lumet's attention to authentic-feeling filmmaking makes Dog Day Afternoon feel more genuine than any "based on a true story" tagline. Here, script, camerawork, and acting - Lord, but Pacino gives a tour de force performance - combine to make a film populated with plausible, sympathetic characters trapped in a sweaty, gritty 1972 afternoon. Still, the film suffers from significant pacing issues in its third quarter, one full of dialogue-heavy scenes during which the film suffocates for lack of movement.
Also, Prince Humperdinck is in this film as Michael Corleone's preoperative transgender wife. Look it up.
ATTACA! Literally watched this film for that scene, so for going into that film for that scene, completely blew my mind. Crazy film, simple plot, but Pacino's performance is strong enough to keep the film incredibly interesting, great film, blows your mind.
Truth IS stranger than fiction. This bizarre story is executed with just the right amount of comedy and drama to make it a great movie. It must be said Pacino's performance was outstanding, a character that pulls you in from the first word he says, terrific storytelling
Al Pachino? Didn't win an Oscar? For this? But he did for Scent of a Woman? Okay?
How come nobody talks about how funny this is?
So tense! My favorite Pacino role ever.
It's one of if not the essential bank-heist thriller. Dog Day Afternoon has thrills and suspense in spades, but what it has that other great films in the same genre lack (Inside Man comes to mind) is a main character who's personality and portrayal by Al Pacino will live on forever. The star of most heist films is the heist and suspense itself. In DDA, you come for the thrills but stay for Pacino in all his heartbreaking glory.
If you have been a fan of any Al Pacino role and you have not seen Dog Day Afternoon, you have not yet experienced all that Al Pacino can offer. Dog Day Afternoon is by far Al Pacino's best work, and yes, I've seen The Godfather films. Sidney Lumet's 1975 feature Dog Day Afternoon showcases a depth of Al Pacino that I was unaware existed. Also starring John Cazale, Dog Day Afternoon explores the debilitating feeling of being torn in two directions by the world around you. The crisis one may confront by not being able to live their identity pushes Al Pacino's Sonny to rob a bank in order to get the money for his lover's sex-change operation. Gritty,…
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