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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,…
A bank robbery that was meant to take ten minutes turns into a media frenzy when the cops converge and the bank robbers take hostages. Based on a true story, Sonny played by Al Pacino, leads the bank robbery in order to get money for his boyfriends/wife's sex change operation. A story that is just as captivating now as it was the day it happened showing the lengths that people will go to when they think they have no other choice.
This is a really interesting story turning back the clock and Al Pacino does a fantastic job conveying the anger/frustration with his situation. The rest of the cast is good in support, but with no one really standing out.…
Excellent entry in the "bottle" format, where nearly all the action takes place in a single setting. Pacino does spectacular work, as usual. His eyes in particular are built to express pain and anger. The people in his life complement him well, from Leon, to his wife, to his mother. Each one affects him differently and each produces a great reaction. The hostages in the bank all bring solid performances. Charles Durning, as Moretti, has a great back-and-forth with Pacino. Great slow burn of a film.
This is a film that is going to last. It feels as fresh now as when I first saw it 15 years ago and I'm sure that it feels as fresh as when anyone saw it 40 years ago.
The iconic moments of Sidney Lumet’s 1975 true-story drama are as great as they’re supposed to be: Pacino’s “Attica” crowd rally, the way the bystanders turn on him (and, later, turn back), the prescient commentary on media and celebrity, the third act actor’s decathlon of phone calls, mother confrontation, and will dictation. But upon repeat viewings (and your film editor has certainly taken this one for a spin a few times), the subtler effects grow louder: how Lumet resists the urge to play the robbery’s many initial fumbles for laughs, how he instead finds character comedy in the negging of the bank employees, the urgency of the camera’s infrequent movements, the way it opens in the moment, with no set-up,…
Saw a print of this for the first time! Looked incredible. Easily Pacino's greatest performance and Lumet's best film.
Note: I think someone could've done a good sitcom about the employees at that bank. Something in the vein of ALICE.
Note 2: It's a wonderful song, but I felt the use of "Who Let the Dogs Out" during the closing credits was wildly inappropriate.
i want al pacino to blast me in the ass
Τίποτα δεν πήγε σύμφωνα με το σχέδιο έκτος από το ότι ο Lumet έφτιαξε μια επική ταινιά, πράγμα που σιγουρα ήταν στο σχέδιο.
Sidney Lumet knows how to make movies. Dog Day Afternoon reminded me of another one of his movies and one of my all time favorites, 12 Angry Men, in a few ways. One would be the small number of sets used. It's no surprise that Lumet loved New York City, and his focus on the single street block in Brooklyn, where the bank robbery takes place, convincingly feels like a microcosm of the entire city. The inside of the bank itself, like the jury room in 12 Angry Men, seems to grow increasingly claustrophobic as tempers and temperatures rise.
Another way they are similar is how flawlessly the characters drive the plot. Al Pacino steals the show with an electrifying…
When i watched this movies, i remember last time i watched the interview on Al Pacino on somebody program.
I remember Al said after this movies, he didn't see any movies more
charming than these.
Quite good, impressive
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