Dog Day Afternoon
The Most Bizarre Bank Siege Ever
A young man attempts to rob a bank in Brooklyn and immediately finds himself in over his head, with a prolonged hostage situation inside the bank and a media circus outside.
"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…
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…
One of the mainstays of every watchlist I have put together over the years, I finally came around to seeing Sidney Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon .
I shouldn't have waited so long, this is simply a brilliant movie.
The most impressive aspect about this film was the performance by Al Pacino. Yes, this may be one of the first instances where one can observe his penchant for over-acting, which unfortunately has become his go-to acting mode nowadays.
The difference is that here he is only chewing the scenery when his role actually calls for it and also delivers an extremely nuanced performance in more quiet scenes. This adds up to a truly great performance that should have gotten him the…
Oh my god....this film is just a masterpiece.
If you like Al Pacino and haven't seen this than I suggest you forget all your other things to watch and place this at the very top.
I have seen this plenty of times and it still shines without wearing thin.
A fantastic cast along side Al but he does steal the show.
Sidney Lumet and Al Pacino are absolutely a match made in heaven. Their partnership should be praised to the degree of Jimmy Stewart and Alfred Hitchcock. This film is brilliant. It is such a vivid picture of angst in society. You can feel all the pain surging through society in Pacino's actions. Just amazing work.
Movie #492 of "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die".
RIP John Cazale <3
Funny, thrilling, a bit long, but all in all good movie. The fact that its based on a true story makes it that much better.
Όχι μόνο η εκπληκτική σκηνοθεσία του Sidney Lumet,όχι μόνο ο αναμενόμενα καθηλωτικός Al Pacino,αλλά και μια αποκάλυψη μοναδική,ο John Cazale!!
Excellant movie with even better acting. Maybe Pacino's best. I noticed this time around how "New York" was a character in itself, how the city and it's character infused every scene.
Excellent heist thriller in which a trio of amateur criminals - swiftly reduced to a duo - attempt to rob a Brooklyn bank and end up in a long, sweaty, and surely futile siege. Although dressed up as a gun-totin' crime movie, and based on a real-life incident, it's the black comedy that brings the story to life: from the moment these guys step foot in the bank, they're bungling bozos. Al Pacino's supposed criminal mastermind is way out of his depth, yet is convinced that he's in charge of the situation and that he's getting one over on the scores of cops outside whose guns are trained on him. Meanwhile, the younger bank employees make the most of their…
Arguably one of Al Pacino's best performances, Dog Day Afternoon is a master of character development and film style. Not unlike 12 Angry Men it takes place mainly in one room and the heat is clearly visible as multiple characters succumb to the stress.
The thing that surprised me the most about Dog Day Afternoon was the character of Sonny and how round his character was; bits of his personality were clearly and gradually revealed throughout the film. By the end we were left with a good, well-rounded character. The character development is outstanding. There are moments in the film when his good or more personal side shines through, such as letting the hostages play with the gun or the…
Dog Day Afternoon tells the story of Sonny and Sal, two guys that robbed a bank in Brooklyn. They had a plan but right after a few minutes after they entered the bank, things went wrong! They made everybody a hostage and the street turned into a big circus full of cops, media and lots of people just to see where that situation was going to end. Very simple story with a great performance by Al Pacino, as usual!
Al Pacino plays Sonny, and Sonny is probably the most insecure and confused bank robber of all time in film! The most interesting fact about the character is that you start to feel empathy for him, you want everything to go…