This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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.
Sonny and Sal decide to rob a bank. What could go wrong? Attica! Attica! Attica!
It's said "Fact is stranger than fiction." In this case, it's true. Dog Day Afternoon is based on a true story, and what a story it is. To divulge key plot elements would be criminal. You can't make this shit up. I was floored on more than one occasion. I didn't know to laugh or cry. But, I was entertained, and that's what matters.
Here's a flick that's way ahead of its time. Loaded with social issues that are still relevant today, sensational journalism, and a satire of the relations between the police and John Q. Public. I'm sure this one shocked audiences, especially if…
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…
Al Pacino is so good in this I don't even consider this to be an Al Pacino movie, this is a Sonny Wortzik movie. A perfect hostage movie.
I recently said 12 Angry Men was the sweatiest movie ever, but Pound for Pound I think Dog Day Afternoon might have it beat. I hope the fake sweat person got paid, because they were working over time just GLAZING these people. You could feel the dog day.
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…
Only in New York.
I’d not only never seen Dog Day Afternoon, I’d also never even read anything about it. I had no idea what the plot was even. I’d always judged it by the poster and had just assumed it was some kind of crime drama staring Al Pacino and I guess in some way it is, but it certainly has it’s own twist on that particular genre.
Al Pacino plays something of a boob really. Him and two others go into a bank with every intention of robbing it, but it doesn’t go to plan at all. To start with one of the gang instantly gets cold feet and leaves the bank and it seems Sonny, Pacino’s character, doesn’t really have any…
Great film to fill my 900th film spot. Sydney Lummet is slowly becoming one of my favorite directors.
I know this is hardly a ground breaking opinion, but bloody hell Sidney Lumet was a talented man. During the course of this film he expertly manages to change the entire tone from highly comical, even verging on farce at a couple of points, all the way through to some of the most tense and gripping scenes I can recall seeing in a long time, before delivering a very sobering ending that will stay with me for a long time to come. All managed without an actual score to help shape the audience’s mood. This was something that I didn’t even notice while watching the film, and it only occurred to me later that I didn’t remember there being a…
Michael and Fredo robs a bank. Hilarity and tension ensues.
I don't know if anyone will understand, but this is by far one of my favorite portrayals of a queer man in all of cinema.
Of course, Al Pacino's performance would be nothing without his incredible supporting cast, and it needs to be said: Charles Durning, John Cazale, Chris Sarandon, and Penelope Allen, who are, at the very least, foils for Pacino to play off of, carry this film as much as Pacino does.
This movie was pretty hyped up more me heading in so it was pretty much impossible for it to hit those expectations. Although I did not love this film it is still a pretty great movie that really fits right in with other new Hollywood era stuff. First off the performances by Al Pacino and the quiet calculating John Kazal really hold this movie together. Charles durning also did a good job portraying the cop. The themes of post war Vietnam are really hinted at in the film. I think the direction was very well done by Lumet making a basically one location film still be interesting.
The problems I have with the film is feel the motivation for the…
Phenomenal performances, fantastic dialogue, and a sort of manic energy seem to be Sidney Lumet's bread and butter, because Dog Day Afternoon contains all of those and more. Pacino is at his possible best, maybe it's because he's not surrounded by an ensemble like in The Godfather; John Cazale notwithstanding; and gets center stage... and he runs off with it. [A]
Films featuring varying levels of obvious and less obvious homoeroticism.
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