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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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Release Date:
21 September 1975 (USA) See more »
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 »
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 »
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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)
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dog Day" - International (English title) (informal short title)
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125 min | Finland:131 min (1975)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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?

Frank Pierson wrote his Oscar-winning script around only 12 sequences.See more »
Anachronisms: New York State license plates of the time were orange on blue, not blue on yellow.See more »
Sylvia:Why don't you smoke?
Sal:I don't want the cancer.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Tropic Thunder (2008)See more »
Easy Livin'See more »


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120 out of 144 people found the following review useful.
Pacino's legend., 21 February 2005
Author: ChiBron from Aurora, IL

A brilliant movie, and a mesmerizing Al Pacino. If u thought he was spectacular in GF I, II, and Scarface....then just watch him in Dog Day Afternoon. Quite simply one of the greatest performances in movie history. Definitely my favorite. The depth with which he plays Sonny is such a treat to watch that I lost count of how many times he left me in AWE. There's this indescribable nervous energy to his performance that there's no way he'll leave u NOT feeling sorry for Sonny.

Sadly, for some reason this movie is kinda forgotten when discussing Al's greatest movies/performances. That's because not many people have watched it. So please, if u consider yourself a movie fan, then go rent DDA and watch a fine movie with the legendary Al Pacino performing his art at the absolute peak of his career.

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