Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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…
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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Recently scooped up the DVD for just $5 (had it on VHS). Love this movie.
Pacino's best performance.
Quite possibly my favorite bank robbery movie. The movie is so contained yet covers every aspect of life.
Tense, tight, well-acted, little or no soundtrack. Al Pacino IS the film.
Special mention to Penelope Allen as the head teller.
Wow! What an thrilling ride. I want to write a more in-depth review on my thoughts, but directly after watching it, I'm honestly short of breath from the suspense of it all. Great film though! Al Pacino and John Cazale with two sublime performances of under pressure men just trying to fix a monumental mistake.
A real moral dilemma struck me throughout the film as I felt myself rooting for Pacino, but with the ever-imposing "Based on True Events" card being dealt had me realising that this (For whatever wasn't exaggerated for theatric effect) happened in real life.
Al Pacino is like a one-man show in this drama which is, at times, so bizarre it's almost like a black comedy. Sonny (Pacino) and Sal (Cazale) hold up a bank in the first sequence on a hot New York August day in 1972.
But Sonny is such a strange and unlikely character that the bank workers don't hate or fear him. Sonny has strange (and often hilarious) patter with a police officer (Charles Durning), the bank staff, a TV reporter, his family -- who make it apparent why Sonny is so dysfunctional -- and his wives(!).
If this really is a true story, it's pretty incredible. Sidney Lumet sets the chess game up between the entire NYPD and Sonny…
Average Score: 3.8/5
Have not yet gone back to check and see why I rated this a bit lower when I first saw it, but now it sings out to me in all its filth, perverse humor and Brooklyn fury. Lumet was always a prescient director whose films have aged unusually well, and this in some ways is the best illustration of his talent unencumbered by the dialogue-heaviness of some of his other works. He so fluidly moves about these confined spaces that they become complete theatrical worlds unto themselves, and what a handful of brilliantly natural performances are captured here: Pacino and Cazale, of course, but also Chris Sarandon, who plays a role that could so easily have descended into crass stereotyping…
One of the most insanely entertaining films I've ever seen.
Dog Day Afternoon is great, because it manages to keep the audience interested in one particular situation with very few settings.
It tells the true story (yes, very true indeed, I can't believe it) of Sonny Wortzik and his very innocent looking partner Sal, trying to rob a bank in Brooklyn to get money for Sonny's lover's sex change operation. Believe me, it gets more difficult than you think.
At the beginning I had no clue how the film would develop. I never thought things could go that wrong with these two lovely idiots. It's amazing to see how thick the plot gets.
The film is led by Al Pacino,…
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