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Dog Day Afternoon -- True story about a bank robbery gone haywire one hot August day when two optimistic losers, the frantic master-mind Sonny, and his slow-witted buddy Sal, attempt to rob a Brooklyn bank.
Dog Day Afternoon -- Trailer for this failed robbery drama based on a true story

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Director:
Writers:
Frank Pierson (screenplay)
P.F. Kluge (based upon a magazine article by) ...
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Release Date:
21 September 1975 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 14 wins & 17 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(512 articles)
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User Reviews:
An interesting true story made a good film with great performances See more (244 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Penelope Allen ... Sylvia
Sully Boyar ... Mulvaney

John Cazale ... Sal
Beulah Garrick ... Margaret

Carol Kane ... Jenny
Sandra Kazan ... Deborah

Marcia Jean Kurtz ... Miriam
Amy Levitt ... Maria
John Marriott ... Howard
Estelle Omens ... Edna

Al Pacino ... Sonny

Gary Springer ... Stevie

James Broderick ... Sheldon

Charles Durning ... Moretti
Carmine Foresta ... Carmine

Lance Henriksen ... Murphy
Floyd Levine ... Phone Cop

Dick Anthony Williams ... Limo Driver

Dominic Chianese ... Father
Marcia Haufrecht ... Neighbor

Judith Malina ... Mother

Susan Peretz ... Angie

Chris Sarandon ... Leon
William Bogert ... TV Anchorman
Ron Cummins ... TV Reporter
Jay Gerber ... Sam

Philip Charles MacKenzie ... Doctor
Chu Chu Malave ... Maria's Boyfriend

Lionel Pina ... Pizza Boy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan Berger ... Lout (uncredited)
James Bulleit ... Sgt. Gillis (uncredited)

Robert Costanzo ... New York Policeman (uncredited)
Michael DeBiase ... Street Crowd Member (uncredited)
Fabrizio DiGiacomo ... Shawon Wojtowicz (uncredited)
Todd Everett ... Cop (uncredited)
Richard Garrick ... Ambulance Driver (uncredited)

Ron Gilbert ... Detective (uncredited)
Paul E. Guskin ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Jennifer Lanzisero ... Dawn Wojtowicz (uncredited)

Kenneth McMillan ... Commissioner (uncredited)
John Meeks ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Ed Metzger ... Sgt. Murray (uncredited)
Thomas Murphy ... Policeman with Angie (uncredited)
Samantha Rodewald ... Child in Stroller (uncredited)
Raymond Serra ... New York Plainclothes Cop (uncredited)

Lynette Sheldon ... Sadie (uncredited)
Tom Towles ... Cop (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Lumet 
 
Writing credits
Frank Pierson (screenplay)

P.F. Kluge (based upon a magazine article by) and
Thomas Moore (based upon a magazine article by)

Leslie Waller  book (uncredited)

Produced by
Martin Bregman .... producer
Martin Elfand .... producer
Robert Greenhut .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Victor J. Kemper (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Dede Allen 
 
Casting by
Michael Chinich 
Don Phillips 
 
Production Design by
Charles Bailey 
 
Art Direction by
Douglas Higgins  (as Doug Higgins)
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Drumheller 
 
Costume Design by
Anna Hill Johnstone 
 
Makeup Department
Philip Leto .... hairdresser
Reginald Tackley .... makeup artist
Max Henriquez .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Burtt Harris .... assistant director
Alan Hopkins .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Stanley Cappiello .... scenic artist
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... propmaster (as Joe Caracciolo)
Carlos Quiles .... chief carpenter
Joe Williams Sr. .... construction grip (as Joseph Williams)
 
Sound Department
Richard P. Cirincione .... sound editor (as Richard Cirincione)
Jack Fitzstephens .... sound editor
Sanford Rackow .... sound editor
Stephen A. Rotter .... sound editor
James Sabat .... sound mixer
Dick Vorisek .... rerecording supervisor (as Richard Vorisek)
Hal Levinsohn .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Robert Rogow .... boom operator (uncredited)
Mel Zelniker .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
A.J. Bakunas .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom O'Connor .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Finnerty .... key grip
Muky .... stills
Richard Quinlan .... gaffer
Fred Schuler .... camera operator
Jack Brown .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ron Zarilla .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Clifford Capone .... wardrobe supervisor (as Cliff Capone)
Peggy Farrell .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Angelo Corrao .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
B.J. Bjorkman .... script supervisor
Martin Danzig .... location manager
Frank Aldrich .... voice (uncredited)
Clinton Allmon .... voice (uncredited)
Janet Coleman .... voice (uncredited)
Anthony Crupi .... voice (uncredited)
Cassandra Danz .... voice (uncredited)
Douglas Dean III .... production assistant (uncredited)
David Dozer .... voice (uncredited)
Lee Dupree .... voice (uncredited)
Allan Eisenman .... voice (uncredited)
Robert Fields .... voice (uncredited)
Lois Kramer Hartwick .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Joe Seneca .... voice (uncredited)
Raymond Serra .... voice (uncredited)
Ben Slack .... voice (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
125 min | Finland:131 min (1975)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (re-rating) (2006) | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:MG6 | Netherlands:12 (original rating) | New Zealand:R18 (orginal rating) | New Zealand:M (re-rating) (2006) | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1976) | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) (1998) | USA:R (MPAA rating: certificate #24129) | West Germany:16 (original rating)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Early in the writing proceedings, Frank Pierson considered dropping out of the project but had to continue because he had already spent his advance. Struggling to find a hook, he discovered while researching the story of Sonny Wojtowicz, that everyone who knew him had a contradictory story about the man. One thing they all agreed on was that Sonny was always saying "I'll take care of you. I'll make you happy." Pierson then knew that he had found his way in to the story.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: At 24 minutes into the film, when Sonny and the bank manager are moving the desk, you can see a wireless microphone "body pack" transmitter under the manager's shirt back, on the right just above his belt.See more »
Quotes:
Sonny:Sal? Ready to go?See more »
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Soundtrack:
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
An interesting true story made a good film with great performances, 2 May 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Brooklyn, New York. Sonny, Sal and another man walk into the bank and hold it up. Seconds into the job, the third man changes his mind and leaves. The job starts to go wrong when Sonny discovers that the truck he was told was dropping off money, was actually picking it up, meaning the vault is nearly empty. Things get worse when the police arrive outside and trap the two inside with a handful of hostages. As Sonny and Sal try to keep control, a circus breaks out on the street with the police, the public and the media all involved.

I have seen this film several times but it has been a few years since I last had the chance to see it. I watched it again today with the memory of it being good but not really as truly great as many seem to think it is. The plot is all the more fascinated for it being true but it is not an easy subject to bring to the screen. While morally most people can accept robbers in films as characters to support, it is a bigger step to accept the sexualities and complexities of these characters and to get behind them. However the film actually manages to make this quite moving and difficult - not only do we feel for Sonny but the film is fair to him and, more impressively, Leon. It would have been easy to turn this relationship into a joke but the script allows it to be done with sensitivity. The rest of the film captures the sense of circus and media feeding frenzy well as well as being quite tense and enjoyable to watch.

The film's strength is it's performances and, in particular, Pacino in a performance that is both showy and understated at different times. He is a real person and it is to his credit that, no matter the revelations about Sonny, he never loses the audience. Cazale is good here too but in a different way - a simple, sympathetic character. His hit rate is amazing when you think that he was only ever in a handful of films and they were all pretty amazing, but it's hard to tell how good an actor he was really. Durning is good in support and the rest of the cast are pretty good but it is Pacino's film and he manages well with the shouting, the silence and the complexities of his characters.

Overall this is not one of the best films ever made but it is certainly a very good telling of this true story. The film deals very well with both the tension of the situation but also the underlying stories and characters - even more surprising for the period it was made in, it makes a very balanced presentation of the homosexual characters. The direction is very good and the performances are all good, but it is Pacino's film and he does very well with it.

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