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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 »
Genre:
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 »
User Reviews:
A Definite Masterpiece See more (241 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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Trivia:
The outdoor sequences were actually filmed in cold weather. So that their breath would not be visible, the actors placed ice in their mouths before each take.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After talking to Leon, Sonny hangs the phone up and puts his hand on his head. When seen from the front, his hands are not on his head.See more »
Quotes:
Sonny:You'd like to kill me? Bet you would.
Sheldon:I wouldn't like to kill you. I will if I have to.
Sonny:It's your job, right? The guy who kills me... I hope he does it because he hates my guts, not because it's his job.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Garden State (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
Easy Livin'See more »

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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A Definite Masterpiece, 2 October 2007
Author: jzappa from Cincinnati, OH, United States

What transfixes me throughout every scene of this sinewy, offbeat film is the extraordinarily pragmatic realism of the hurtles Sonny and Sal confront inside the bank. Not even twenty minutes into the film, we find we're already seeing things absolutely no other crime film has ever included that are astonishing in their dramatic persuasiveness. The head teller and the bank manager picking apart Sonny's plan with him. One clerk's husband calls and asks what time the robbers will be through so he knows if he has to cook for himself or not. While ordering the bank manager to help him block the back entrance by moving a big desk, Sonny asks offhand why he'd hire a diabetic as a guard, and is told in ordinary person-to-person terms what a guard's salary is and why poor old Howard has that job.

And when does Mulvaney the bank manager, played by captivating unknown character actor Sully Boyar, tell hostage-taker he'd like to see his family again but if someone must be taken, take him? When he's helping his captor move a big desk to block the back. They sound like regular working urbanites so caught up in the daily grind of city life that they might as well be making small talk in an elevator. Later, the phone rings, Sonny picks up, it's a sicko telling him to kill 'em all. Sonny hangs up after four seconds, moving on. The female tellers sit and sweat while giggling about the same silly things---"He said the f-word." "Well, I'm a Christian and my ears are not garbage cans."---in the thick of a hostage situation and a media circus. Poignant, real.

Every nuance of Pacino's performance is incredibly realistic. He practically possesses the audience, as we can begin to expect certain things from him and care about him because he's played by an actor who completely subsists as him. At points when characters speak of him off-screen, speaking of things that we are surprised to hear about him, that take us aback and color his image, Pacino has prepared the size for those turning points to fit in. His improvised scenes are exceptional as well, and are in fact some of the most riveting, nail-bitingly intense scenes in the entire film. In such scenes, he is matched by the great actor Charles Durning and Chris Sarandon's becoming fulfillment of his role.

Indeed, this is by far Durning's most riveting performance. He works so well here because in shouting matches with Sonny, he looks and sounds entirely his age, not a movie character. He's fat, middle-aged, tired, just as surprised as everybody else. He runs short of breath, trying desperately to keep up with the pressure cooking higher all around him. As Det. Sgt. Eugene Moretti, Durning epitomizes the thankless job of a police officer more candidly and perfectly than any other movie cop I've ever seen. One of this stunning succession of brilliant scenes is the first time Sonny emerges to talk face-to-face with Moretti in the street, which begins with a protracted pin-drop silence and slowly, steadily, invisibly culminates in deafening, ear-splitting chaos.

Lumet opens the film with a montage of city scenes in NYC with a good getting-up-in-the- morning song like Elton John's Amoreena and with the same indifference ends up on Sonny, Sal and their friend waiting outside a bank in a car, an image that just happens to continue. This is a great way to demonstrate the it-could-happen-anywhereness. Lumet's overall direction of the film is beautiful, indicative once again of the masterful mainstay of cinema in the 1970s. The climactic final ten minutes are ruthless in their steadily unraveling, almost unbearably intense tragedy. It's not only one of the most effective uses of sound to create drama I've ever seen, but everything concludes exactly as it would in reality.

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