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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.
"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…
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…
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 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…
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…
A masterpiece of director Sidney Lumet, which led to the big screen the true story of a famous robbery.
Sometimes, the simplest concept can provide to be the most compelling and interesting. It’s something director Sidney Lumet succeeded in before with 12 Angry Men and tries his hand at again with Dog Day Afternoon, which has to be the simplest heist movie of all time. Yet like 12 Angry Men, it’s out of that simplicity that the complexity emerges, creating an interesting pallet of characters, ideas and conflicts.
Based on a true story that took place in August 22, 1972, meet Sonny (Al Pacino) and Sal (John Cazale), two ordinary men who simply walk into a bank and rob without…
One of my favourite movie titles of all time. Pretty great movie too.
I wrote this for my film studies class. ***MAJOR SPOILERS FOR LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF!!!!!***
In Thom Anderson's magnificent essay film, Los Angeles Plays Itself, Anderson posits that understanding a film's relationship to its geography can open new doors to a deeper understanding of the film itself. Anderson, being a proud Angeleno, puts Los Angeles at the forefront of his criticism, but he uses New York film as a counterpoint for many of his arguments. Early on in Plays Itself, there's a sequence comparing the wide, smoggy Los Angeles landscape (as seen on celluloid) with the crisp, angular New York cityscape. On film, Los Angeles is reduced to endless sprawl defined by horizons – New York, however, gets the hip,…
Sidney Lumet continues to showcase his claustrophobic thrillers with this bank-robbery-gone-wrong. Al Pacino and John Cazale star in a story that is based on true events. Sonny and friend Sal try to rob a bank to pay for Sonny's lover's sex change operation.
They are caught in the act, and the police wait outside. Mounting under stress, Sonny must think of a way to escape clean, while also balancing the morale of his hostages and best friend, Sal.
The film's screenwriter that also be credited, for penning one of the most engaging, socially prevalent and brilliantly structured scripts ever produced.
Dog Day Afternoon is a highpoint of 1970's cinema and deserves the praise it receives.
"Kiss me. When I'm being fucked, I like to get kissed a lot"
Desbordante pack Pacino-Cazale
One of my shameful omissions finally sorted. Great movie. Was anyone ever as good as young Pacino?
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Surprisingly effective mixture of comedy and human drama. Around the time Leon is introduced (the transgender love interest whose sex change surgery is the motive for Sonny's bank robbery) you think the whole thing is escalating a bit too far, then you remember this actually happened* - could you criticize a real event that's transplanted into a movie for being implausible? Would it be the director's fault for attempting to dramatize it in the first place?
Nevermind, the quality of the dialogue in those potentially loony scenes dealing with Sonny's personal relationships manages to keep the whole thing grounded - the movie is just as focused two hours into the madness as it is at two minutes. And talk about bringing things down to earth - that ending!
* to Lumet's possible discredit, John Wojtowicz claims he never talked to his mother in the street or wife on the phone...but really these are peripheral.
A film made with a great amount of honesty, especially on the actor's part. Pacino plays a difficult role, and one of the most interesting protagonists in a film of this era...which is particularly astounding considering it took me a while to realise he made this after Serpico, not before like I had previously thought!
Al Pacino gives life to a character that otherwise would be totally unsympathetic. The critique of the media is sharp and darkly funny. All the actors are doing a great job, and the spirit of the era is well captured. Lumet's direction is superb.
"Is there any special country you want to go to?"
My fiancee was in the room reading while I watched Dog Day Afternoon. Midway through, she had to leave the room because the film was too distracting. "The only thing I hear is characters complaining to each other," she said. And this is what Dog Day Afternoon is all about. Purportedly a heist movie, it is in fact attached to the crime genre by only the most tenuous of threads. The tension between kidnapper and hostage dissolves quickly, and there is never a sense of any real threat being posed to the bank workers. Instead of ratcheting up the tension, Lumet chooses to follow Al Pacino's Sonny as he…