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…
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…
Yeah, it's still fucking brilliant.
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,…
El atraco más pocho de la historia y un Pacino memorable.
This is probably Al Pacino's best screen role.
This is probably Sidney Lumet's greatest film (and that's against some stiff competition, the man was responsible for some great titles).
Sonny Wortzik (Pacino) decides to rob a bank to get money for his boyfriend's sex change operation. With him is the quiet but dangerous Sal (the much-missed John Cazale), and together they take hostages within the bank, but during the stand-off which follows develop a strange community camaderie with them.
It's a true story, remarkably, and played very well by all, keeping the tension going, and with quite a downbeat and shocking ending. Charles Durning plays the negotiating policeman, and Chris Sarandon the boyfriend in transition to becoming a woman.
I'm surprised at how well this film is received. Sure it has many good qualities, excellent performances from Pacino and Cazale, naturalistic dialogue, and in parts a manic energy. However, the film gets bogged down in the second half when Pacino's lover and mother are paraded around in front of the bank. Viewed today, the film also suffers from the almost comically poor handling of the kidnap situation by the police (the media run around behind the police lines and the public are allowed a ring side seat of proceedings). Forty years ago, this would have jarred less - given that hostage situations weren't the slick operations they are now - but now it's a real distraction from the subject of the film.
Featuring a virtuoso performance from Pacino that keeps the picture rolling, and even subversive comments on American society, Dog Day Afternoon is a tense classic that imprisons the audience as it does its bank-dwelling characters.
Yeah, it's still fucking brilliant.
It gets very boring and repetitive
Inspired by real events, Sidney Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon is a really good and entertaining film with many thrilling moments that is highlighted by its outstanding performances and perfect pace. Starring Al Pacino in one of the defining roles of his career and John Cazale, a fantastic actor who in his short career prior to his premature death at the age of 42 appeared in nothing but undeniable classics of the 70s, this film was gripping from the start, but if I had to mention any flaw it may have had, I would remark that the ending was too predictable, something that undermined a little its overall impact at the moment it was over.
Watched as part of a double feature with The Dog. The Dog doesn't deconstruct Dog Day Afternoon but does briefly touch on the very small amounts of money all the real life counterparts were paid.
Interesting to consider that the film leverages Sal as the potentially murderous bad guy to add the necessary danger we wouldn't buy from Pacino. Real life Sal was also the only guy not alive and thusly not able to sue WB for coloring him as the villain.
Digital transfer looks fine. No extreme grain sharpening insanity. The blacks on the runway are pretty muddy but thems the breaks.
Pacino again providing another powerhouse performance. Unfortunately I thought the film, although good, was a bit too long. There are good performances from the entire cast, but the tension I thought there would be didn't really surface....well, not much anyways. Still, an interesting, true story.
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