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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.
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…
After seeing Sidney Lumet's Network for a second time last week, I came to the realization that it and 12 Angry Men were the only films I had seen from the acclaimed director. When I was organizing how to go about watching some more of Lumet's films, Dog Day Afternoon stood out to me, not only because it's been a huge mark on my shame list for quite a while, but it's also been highly recommended to me constantly by one of my good friends. So, it seemed like a natural place to start.
The film is obviously powered by the incredible performance from Al Pacino, in what is possibly his best turn ever. It's remarkable how his character develops,…
Sidney Lumet had a knack for getting heat performances from actors and also directing some of the most critically acclaimed films around and Dog Day Afternoon its that bill tremendously. Inspired by the true story of the bank robbery involving John Wojtowicz, the film is 95% shot in the one location at the First Savings Bank in Brooklyn as Sonny Wortzik and 'Sal' Naturale attempt to take the money the bank has, unfortunately learning that there's not the ideal amount they'd wish to steal there. The heist becomes less straight forward as the police arrive on the scene and a hostage situation begins and a media frenzy begins, with Sonny becoming the face of the story, talking with the media…
Completely forgot Lance Henrikson was in this. Watch the true story in the documentary The Dog, it is incredible and hilarious. The real Sonny, John Wojtowicz, is a complete scumbag and I love it.
Exuberantly entertaining. From that beautiful opening montage, it captures the mood of a place and era - 1970s New York, bustling and angry and in the throes of change. The story is all the more harrowing, funny and fascinating for being true. And the performances!
Al Pacino has finally clicked with me. Not that I didn't see his greatness before - I've seen The Godfather - but with Dog Day Afternoon, I fully understand his range and power as an actor. Sonny is an unforgettably magnetic, conflicted character.
One of those classics that I feel stupid for waiting so long to see. It lives up to its reputation.
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It's a fascinating film showing how a simple heist can go wrong in a matter of minutes. All the characters are shown as real people with nerves and feelings. Half the interest is in trying to figure out what everyone is thinking.
It's a bank heist as a comedy of errors. But it has enough bite to go a little bit deeper than just that.
Attica, Attica, Attica!
The greatest bank robbery movie of all time? Probably not, but who knows? (I certainly haven't seen enough to make an assessment.) But it's certainly the most entertaining one I've seen. "Based on a true story" films are a dime a dozen. What makes Lumet's effort so effective, if not singular, is that he makes it seem as if he truly just stumbled onto the depicted events one fateful afternoon, just as they were unfolding. Of course, this impression is ably set up by the opening montage, which contains the only instance of non-diegetic sound in the film (that itself even turns diegetic by the time the credits end) and helps create the feeling, if not necessarily the strict…
I usually like Pacino. I have no personal qualms with Lumet. This one was just a little boring to me. It seems to consist mostly of people taking turns yelling. I'm still not sure exactly what to think of it, but was I initially disappointed? Yep.
To an impressionable young teen from upstate New York, this movie was so vivid it became my default image of New York City. Sweaty, loud, dirty, aggressively chaotic, filled with desperate loners, cops, angry crowds...
Naturally, I moved there 6 years later.
Watching it now, it hasn't lost any of its power. Pacino, Durning, and Cazale are all terrific. But I hadn't realized that Leon, one of the pivotal characters in the movie, was played by Chris Sarandon. Humperdink!! It was his first movie and he steals the show. Phenomenal.
There are a million reasons to watch this. Any one of them is worth it.
Finally got to see this after seeing The Dog last year. Might be Pacino's best movie (that I've seen). There's some actual subtlety in this role. Pacino doesn't ever really go big quite like he usually does.
Lumet is clean as always.
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