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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…
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Probably one of the less, um, 'revelatory' older films I've gone back and watched, but still a lot of fun.
Definitely went on a bit too long for my taste - by the time he's on the phone with Leon towards the end, that conversation just started to feel like it was dragging on forever, and I wasn't quite there with the character enough to get invested in it.
However, for me this film really shines in two key areas - the increasingly absurd, hilarious moments of normality in the context of the bank robbery (i.e. Pacino sorting out his pizza order to the cops) and the way the actors brilliant play up the characters' faces in reaction to those…
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Sidney Lumet made a masterpiece and it was his first film, too. 12 Angry Men is not only his crowning achievement, but it is also one of the greatest films ever made. Lumet's debut film set him up for a great career. While I have only viewed 3 of his films, I know his filmography will be a joyous one to watch.
I was given Dog Day Afternoon as a present by my aunt one day. She knew I was heavily into crime dramas and 70's cinema, two things I'm still in love with to this very day, and her sister, my mother, also wanted me to see this. Well that night, I watched it and fucking fell in love…
Al Pacino überfällt mit zwei Kumpels eine Bank und nimmt den Bankleiter, Mitarbeiterinnen und die Kunden als Geiseln. Die Lage spitzt sich zu, Polizei umzingelt die Bank, einer der Amateur-Bankräuber kriegt kalte Füße und verabschiedet sich. Al Pacino verhandelt mit der Polizei, freundet sich mit den Geiseln an und wird auch in der Außenwelt ein Star. Am Ende erfüllt die Polizei sein Versprechen, das entpuppt sich aber als Hinterhalt, bei dem seiN Partner erschossen wird und er im Gefängnis endet.
Ich kannte den Film schon länger und war gespannt, wie Lumet es zwei Stunden lang schafft, in einer Location die Spannung aufrecht zu erhalten – es ist ihm völlig gelungen. Wie er die Verkettungen der einzelnen Ereignisse zeigt, die Wechselwirkungen von Polizei, Gangster und Medien seziert.
#274. A fantastic Pacino film and one of the greatest bank heist movies ever made.
We'll never know how lucky we were to have filmmakers like Sidney Lumet
Don't shoot me
Entertainment at its finest. You feel like the 10th person in the room the whole time.
Johnny Cazale is an incredible actor, and would have been as well known as De Niro and Pacino if it wasn't for his tragic death from cancer.
I really don't know if I saw the ending coming, but that was amazing.
I love this movie so much.
Sidney Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon is a masterclass in acting, brought to audiences by arguably the two most prolific actors of the 1970s, Al Pacino fresh off The Godfather, its sequel and Serpico and John Cazale, who too had roles in the first two Godfather films. On top of being a pure exhibition of acting, it is a phenomenally suspenseful and surprisingly dramatic piece of 70s cinema. The characters range from colourful for the supporting characters and layered and compelling for the lead characters.
Nothing else quite like it.
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