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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…
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…
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…
Every time I watch this film I love it more. It's such a great film that still affects and moves. Paccino is proves that he's an incredible actor when he wants to. He's just so amazingly charismatic and winning. Also very hot!
A tense true story
You really couldn't make this up.
"We love Sonny"
The very first thing I noticed about Sydney Lumet's "Dog day afternoon" was the utter lack of musical score. And it is one of those things that once you have noticed it, you are going to be aware of it the entire time. It only goes to show how deliberate and confident in his message Lumet was, because it is my belief that this artistic choice allowed to film to become more visceral and more real. As a result, the media farce that the failed bank robbery resolves itself into becomes even more surreal.
Forget about the acting, the Oscar entitlements and all that. This film is much more than that. Sure, the acting performances are undeniably singular, the direction…
It's nice to find a unique story especially in a genre like "the heist film." Dog Day Afternoon is really enjoyable in its portrayal of a rather likable robber who didn't plan his afternoon too well. The crowd loves him and you can't help but be amused by the spectacle at hand. Pacino gives yet another good performance while making yet another catch phrase for himself (Attica!). The actual robbery scene is the best in the movie. It is engaging, unpredictably poorly planned and unique in how it plays out. The initial desperation is quite palpable. Definitely up there for best bank scene in a movie. The problem here though is the runtime. At only just over two hours, it…
Film 393 of my 2015 500 Film Challenge
Loved it, a tense, powerful and extremely well-acted thriller. Even though it was my third film of the day and with a 2 hour run-time, I was engrossed with every second.
One of the best thrillers from the 70's I've seen. Everything about it meshed perfectly. The film throws you in from the get-go, the opening scene is the bank robbery and stays with it till the very last moments. You find out the motivations of these people through the course of the story, it all unfolds beautifully and has some awesome stuff I did not expect.
There are some great moments of Pacino interacting with the hostages, which felt real, which…
When it comes to Dog Day Afternoon (1975) I think the thing that gets me the most about this incredible film is that it was mostly improvised. Mostly improvised, yet still managed to win the Oscar for best adapted screenplay. What a feat!
What a film!
Dog Day Afternoon is one of those movies that I’d heard a lot about, knew the basic story, was familiar with some of the lines (mainly “Attica, Attica!”) yet I hadn’t gotten around to seeing until now. What a shame as this is one of those movies that you could watch again and again. It doesn't matter if you know how the story plays out – Al Pacino’s performance is so mesmerizing and Sidney…
- Wow, that really was the most bizarre bank siege.
If this movie wasn't in the hands of Sidney Lumet, and wasn't anchored by Al Pacino's great performance, it probably would have been a lot worse.
They don't make 'em like that anymore.
That thought occurred to me a few times watching Dog Day Afternoon.
Truth is certainly stranger than fiction. Guy robs a bank in New York City in order to get the cash to pay for his wife's sex change. Even if you wanted to, you can't make that up.
Pacino.... come on, he's Pacino in his prime. Of course he's perfect in this movie. Every second he's on screen he looks like he's ready to be shot. Panicked for a whole movie.
That's the thing with this movie the first time you see it, if you don't know the story. Is you feel the tension in every scene. There's an army…
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