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Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  21 September 1975 (USA)
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A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.



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Based upon a real-life story that happened in the early seventies in which the Chase Manhattan Bank in Gravesend, Brooklyn, was held siege by a gay bank robber determined to steal enough money for his male lover to undergo a sex change operation. On a hot summer afternoon, the First Savings Bank of Brooklyn is held up by Sonny and Sal, two down-and-out characters. Although the bank manager and female tellers agree not to interfere with the robbery, Sonny finds that there's actually nothing much to steal, as most of the cash has been picked up for the day. Sonny then gets an unexpected phone call from Police Captain Moretti, who tells him the place is surrounded by the city's entire police force. Having few options under the circumstances, Sonny nervously bargains with Moretti, demanding safe escort to the airport and a plane out of the country in return for the bank employees' safety. Written by alfiehitchie

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The robbery should have taken 10 minutes. 4 hours later, the bank was like a circus sideshow. 8 hours later, it was the hottest thing on live T.V. 12 hours later, it was all history. And it's all true See more »


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21 September 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tarde de perros  »

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John Cazale's role as Sal was originally intended for an 18-year-old, which was the age of the real Sal. See more »


When Stevie is leaving the bank, there is a calendar from September, 1973 hanging on a bulletin board behind Sonny. The actual events took place in August, 1972. See more »


Pizza Boy: [while delivering pizzas to Sonny and Sal] I'm a fucking star!
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Opening credits prologue: What you are about to see is true - It happened in Brooklyn, New York on August 22, 1972. See more »


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A spark called Pacino
2 March 2005 | by (Pristina, Kosovo) – See all my reviews

It was so freshening and attractive to see His Majesty, Mr. Al Pacino, in this breathtaking movie of 1970s. The first thing that a discerning eye would notice throughout the film is the undying uniqueness of Pacino's originality. This was just another movie destined to reassuring viewers of Al's status of an icon. The movie itself is endearing and entertaining. Though the movie is supposed to appear like a bank robbing, and in a sense it is, but deep in the heart robbing is simply a way to achieve a totally different goal, of course other than money! It is about affection and mutual caring. It's about what situations a person is ready to embark into in order to show how much he cares for another one. And I guess this is the point of the whole movie, which is stylistically decorated with dozes of sarcasm and pleasantry with sporadic undertones of bravery. The characters are all innocent which innocence seems to relate them to each other. What I deem as very courageous here are the thematic elements, homosexuality. I guess the time when the movie was made the society had still been ruled by prejudiced mentalities that could really ruin this innocuous piece of art. For this, I praise the very daring Sidney Lumet, one of my favorite directors. 10/10

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