Based on a true 1972 story, Sidney Lumet's 1975 drama chronicles a unique bank robbery on a hot summer afternoon in New York City. Shortly before closing time, scheming loser Sonny (Al Pacino) and his slow-witted buddy, Sal (John Cazale), burst into a Brooklyn bank for what should be a run-of-the-mill robbery, but everything goes wrong, beginning with the fact that there is almost no money in the bank. The situation swiftly escalates, as Sonny and Sal take hostages; enough cops to police the tristate area surround the bank; a large Sonny-sympathetic crowd gathers to watch; the media arrive to complete the circus; and police captain Moretti (Charles Durning) tries to negotiate with Sonny while keeping the volatile spectacle under control. When Sonny's lover, Leon (Chris Sarandon), tries to talk Sonny out of the bank, we learn the robbery's motive: to finance Leon's sex-change operation. Sonny demands a plane to escape, but the end is near once menacingly cool FBI agent Sheldon (James Broderick) arrives to take over the negotiations.~Lucia Bozzola
Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 American crime drama film directed by Sidney Lumet, written by Frank Pierson and produced by Martin Bregman and Martin Elfand. The film stars Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning, Chris Sarandon, Penelope Allen, James Broderick, Lance Henriksen and Carol Kane. The title refers to the sultry "dog days" of summer.
Based on a true story about a man and partner who robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation. Minutes after, it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.
Bought item as a gift. Birthday boy loved it. Great low price, DVD quality, recommend.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Movie, Decent Issue
The movie is a classic and has great video and audio specs. The new special feature is a tribute to John Cazale. The tribute is fine but is just that. A tribute. An in depth documentary would have been better. Still a worthwhile addition for fans who didn't buy the original release.
Saw this in the theater seems like ages ago. So I won't spoil the ending. But will say bank robbery gone wrong. John Cazale wasn't in many movies, but he sure knew how to pick em. Plus a bonus DVD of John Cazale about 40 minutes long.
great movie but the main reason I bought it was for the John Cazale extra which I had seen before. dog day is one of the great 1970 movie but I had not realized it was more than a heist movie. not sure they can make those now...