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Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sylvia
Sully Boyar ... Mulvaney
... Sal
Beulah Garrick ... Margaret
... Jenny
Sandra Kazan ... Deborah
... Miriam
... Maria
John Marriott ... Howard
Estelle Omens ... Edna
... Sonny
... Stevie
... Sheldon
... Moretti
Carmine Foresta ... Carmine
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Storyline

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 alfiehitchie

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This movie was not dreamed up by a screenplay writer. It couldn't have -- not with all the bizarre things that actually happened that day in a real bank, with real hostages and with Sonny Wortzik - the most unreal person who ever wanted to rob a bank. See more »


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25 December 1975 (USA)  »

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Tarde de perros  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$50,000,000, 31 December 1977
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the early stages of the robbery, a phone rings in the bank and Sonny Wortzik picks it up, sarcastically says, "WNEW plays all the hits," and hangs up the phone. WNEW, at the time, was a progressive rock radio station not known for playing the Top 40 hits of the day. It is now WWFS, a "hot adult contemporary" station that features performers such as Katy Perry, Madonna and Britney Spears. See more »

Goofs

One of the intense close-ups of Sonny as he is held against a vehicle at the airport near the very end of the film, is flopped. See more »

Quotes

Sylvia: Anybody got a cigarette?
Maria: Yeah, I do - Sylvia, you don't smoke!
Sal: You don't smoke?
Sylvia: No.
Sal: Why do you wanna start now?
Sylvia: I'm scared to death, that's why. What, you don't smoke?
Sal: No.
Sylvia: How come?
Sal: I don't want the cancer.
Sylvia: Oh, my God.
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Crazy Credits

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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Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Performed by Elton John
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Brilliant, Funny, Touching Film.
7 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Personally, this is one of the most touching films I've seen.

The acting is superb, both Al Pacino and John Cazale deliver outstanding and memorable performances as the unexperienced bank robbers Sonny Wortzik and Sal.

I should highlight the late John Cazale's performance of Sal, a character that says more with his face than he does with dialogue. Perhaps the most realistic character ever portrayed on film.

Al Pacino as usual delivers a great performance as was nominated for an Academy Award playing the role of Sonny.

This is a very entertaining film, filled with humor, social issues and moral issues, definitely a must-watch.


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