A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist, while both sides attempt to find balance between their personal and professional lives.
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 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
Sidney Lumet originally auditioned Charles Durning for the bank manager. Immediately after Durning had read for the part, Al Pacino, a friend of Durning's, asked how the audition went. When he realized that Durning hadn't read for Detective Moretti, Pacino walked Durning back into Lumet to read for the role that he eventually played. See more »
When they enter the bank, there is a calendar that looks to say September. Even if it does say August, it starts on Sat. the 1st, putting the 22nd (the particular day) on a Saturday. In the 1970s very few banks were open on Saturdays, much less until 3 p.m. those Saturdays they were open. See more »
[to his mother]
I'm a fuck-up and I'm an outcast. If you get near me you're gonna get it- you're gonna get fucked over and fucked out.
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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 »
I've seen this movie and for me it's Al Pacino at his best! The movie has a very simple premise, two guys rob a bank, but everything that can go wrong does. In the beginning the women who work in the bank are afraid, but once the situation escalates into a sideshow, some the women become comfortable with the situation. Basically, the entire movie is in the bank and all types of comedy and drama surrounds it. This is Al Pacino early in his career and for anyone who hasn't seen the movie, I definitely recommend it. Just keep in mind between all the madness you see in the film that this is a true story, and very entertaining!
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