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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…
This film is difficult for me to review as I've seen Al Pacino at his best! Example: Scarface! Nobody has to tell me how good Pacino is! Whenever I come across a film with Pacino in it it just screams high caliber film!
Unfortunately I felt the film wasn't so much a film about complex real life individuals whom find themselves at a critical crossroad in their lives as it was quite simply a vehicle to show off Pacino's acting abilities!
Think about it... did we really come any closer to knowing and understanding Sonny and Sal's motivations or even whom they really were before the bumbled bank heist! Did we even come close to understanding homosexuality or the plight…
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…
A masterpiece of director Sidney Lumet, which led to the big screen the true story of a famous robbery.
Sometimes, the simplest concept can provide to be the most compelling and interesting. It’s something director Sidney Lumet succeeded in before with 12 Angry Men and tries his hand at again with Dog Day Afternoon, which has to be the simplest heist movie of all time. Yet like 12 Angry Men, it’s out of that simplicity that the complexity emerges, creating an interesting pallet of characters, ideas and conflicts.
Based on a true story that took place in August 22, 1972, meet Sonny (Al Pacino) and Sal (John Cazale), two ordinary men who simply walk into a bank and rob without…
Dog Day Afternoon is Sidney Lumet at the top of his game and is still a vital film. From the opening montage of life in 70's New York, perfectly backed by Elton John's Amoreena, to the heartbreaking ending, this is a film crackling with life and depth. That opening montage is something you would never see in movies nowadays but it sets the scene wonderfully. The acting is on a different level. Pacino, Cazale and Durning are all outstanding. The scenes with Pacino and Durning arguing in the street are incredibly authentic but Pacino still betters them later in the movie.
I always say it but it's such a shame that they will never make movies like they did in the 70's again.
Fantastic movie. It is great to watch Pacino in this film; the guy was on fire. All of the acting in this film is good, but I am always impressed when I see one guy basically carry an entire movie with his performance alone. You remove Al from this film and replace him, the entire dynamic would change. I am a huge Pacino fan, and performances like this in a great movie like this one is exactly why.
"They keep saying two homosexuals. I am not a homosexual. I want you to stop them saying that. Stop."
When you put the masterful Sidney Lumet and Al Pacino in his prime together, the result is a brilliant classic film. And then there's John Cazale who's equally excellent when compared to Pacino. The 70's was a great decade for cinema and Dog Day Afternoon is a fine example of that.
This was one of the "you have to watch this" films we were told about in film school. Glad I finally got around to it.
Dog Day Afternoon is a bit dated, but it's still magnificent. You'll spend 2 hours in a single (!) location while being told a fascinating (and true!) story. A bank robbery that should've taken 10 minutes runs into problem after problem, and the misfortunate of the protagonists leads you to root for them. Dark and light-hearted humor with a plot twist at the halfway mark that changes your perception of the story and characters.
Al Pacino is absolutely incredible and sells the whole thing. Much of the dialogue feels completely unrehearsed and improvised, leading to a much more believable final product.
This is not a film to be missed, especially if you're a film student. And remember: Wyoming is not a country.
I watched this movie across two days, stopping and starting. I will watch it again and see if my rating changes. As of now, I thought it was alright; the complexity and nuances must've escaped my distracted mind.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!