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.
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…
"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…
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.
Wow. What a great movie. One of Al Pacino's best performances, even if it were only for the fact that he is playing something so distinct from his usual film persona. Interesting throughout, including a thoughtful assessment of gender, especially for the time period.
Pacino's film; a complex, rich performance, balancing menace & irreverence. #see
Dog Day Afternoon really gives viewer's a wonderful insight into the life in 1970s America through the eyes of Sonny, a man who robs a bank to pay for his lover's sex change operation, played brilliantly by Al Pacino. The film tackles many major issues but unfortunately I felt the story's overall ridiculousness made it difficult to take serious at times as things began to meander. In the end the film has a lot of great ideas that don't mesh together as smoothly as one would hope.
Sidney Lumet is, I think, a somewhat overlooked director. In the 70s alone, he made such great American films as Serpico (a well-made film that is held together by Al Pacino's superb central performance when the plot itself wanders), Network, and Dog Day Afternoon - to name a few - the latter a less obviously satirical film than Network, in which he reunites with Pacino to tell the true story of two bank robbers who created a media frenzy when their robbery attempt failed and their motivations eventually became apparent.
Lumet superbly captures the atmosphere of New York on that day, and the claustrophobia of the bank, where Sonny (Pacino) and Sal (John Cazale) spend most of the…
In my pantheon. One of the great city movies of all time, and certainly one of Al Pacino's finest moments. Was great to review this in tandem with The Dog, the documentary account of the same events. "Attica! Attica!"
This one is brilliant movie, and a mesmerizing Al Pacino.
I thought he was spectacular in Godfather I, II, and Scarface..
then just I watch him in Dog Day Afternoon.
Quite simply one of the greatest performances in movie history. Definitely my favorite.
The depth with which he plays Sonny is such a treat to watch that I lost count of how many times he left me in AWE....
When Al Pacino Says to one of the FBI "The Guy Who kills Me... I Hope He Does It Because He hates My Guts, Not Because It's His job" I Feel yes That's Damn True
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