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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.
"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…
God I love 70s cinema! Dog Day Afternoon has been sitting in my watchlist for ages and now that I've finally gotten to it I can safely say that Sidney Lumet is one of my favourite directors. Granted I've only seen his most celebrated work so far (with the exception of Serpico), but from what I've seen he was absolutely brilliant. Based on a true story, we follow Sonny and Sal on their bank robbery. What was meant to be a quick job - hit the bank and get out ASAP - soon unfolds to be one of the biggest media events of the year. In a matter of 20-30 minutes the bank is surrounded by hundreds of cops, citizens,…
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,…
Now THAT is how you direct a film and coax the performance of his life from your main man in front of the camera lens. Al Pacino had already lit up the screens in the first two Godfather films and of course as Frank Serpico, although he missed out winning an Academy award. Which is I guess is fair enough when you look at outstanding competition at the time.
Incredibly this is all based on the true story of John Wojtowicz (Sonny Wortzik in the film) and Salvatore Naturale who attempted to rob the Chase Manhattan bank in Brooklyn. What starts as a fairly straight forward heist spirals into a hostage standoff that opens up the tangled motivations behind it…
Genial. Mi película favorita de Lumet, mi interpretación favorita de Pacino, John Cazalé con su cara triste, Chris Sarandon impecable. Guionazo, puesta en escena tocada por Dios y brutal ritmo.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Apenas comienza te das cuenta que no es la típica película donde los asaltantes tienen todo fríamente calculado. Discuten, uno de ellos se arrepiente y todo al borde de un ataque de nervios: una tragicomedia.
La trama no se dispersa, todo se desarolla en el mismo escenario y sin embargo la tensión nunca decae.
¿Y qué decir de la actuación de Al Pacino? Creo que es la mejor de su carrera. Cómo transmite el nerviosismo y la desesperación de su personaje, superado por las circunstancias.
Lot of interesting ideas but felt a bit too drawn out for my liking. Al Pacino is stellar though! Still not nearly as good as Network.
This has long been a favorite of mine, so getting to see it on the big screen and as a double feature with The Dog was incredibly enjoyable. Pacino's even more larger than life when you get to see it in an actual theater.
Better as a showcase for Pacino and Cazale than a thriller, though maybe it's not meant to thrill so much as make us think.
dos cosas: no tiene música, antecedente directo de la escena del banco en heat. la otra: sólo se disparan dos balas a lo largo de las dos horas que dura. y sin embargo, es una película violenta por su manera de acercarse al contexto en el que suceden los hechos y el coletazo de cuando fue lanzada. tiene un cargado tono anti-establishment ("attica! attica!"; la abierta homosexualidad de sonny) que convierte a sonny en un héroe: en realidad, no está haciendo nada malo y no hace nada malo per se durante la película. eso en términos de historia. en términos narrativos también es violenta por la manera en la que te somete y cómo te tiene tenso todo el tiempo.…
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