Three amateur bank robbers plan to hold up a bank. A nice simple robbery: Walk in, take the money, and run. Unfortunately, the supposedly uncomplicated heist suddenly becomes a bizarre nightmare as everything that could go wrong does.

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Sidney Lumet

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Frank Pierson (screenplay), P.F. Kluge (based upon a magazine article by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Penelope Allen ... Sylvia
Sully Boyar ... Mulvaney
John Cazale ... Sal
Beulah Garrick Beulah Garrick ... Margaret
Carol Kane ... Jenny
Sandra Kazan Sandra Kazan ... Deborah
Marcia Jean Kurtz ... Miriam
Amy Levitt ... Maria
John Marriott ... Howard
Estelle Omens Estelle Omens ... Edna
Al Pacino ... Sonny
Gary Springer ... Stevie
James Broderick ... Sheldon
Charles Durning ... Moretti
Carmine Foresta 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 wife (a trans woman) 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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In August, 1972, Sonny Wortzik robbed a bank. 250 cops, the F.B.I., 8 hostages and 2,000 onlookers will never forget what took place. See more »


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Trivia

The film takes place on August 22, 1972. See more »

Goofs

Sonny tells the police that they are both Vietnam veterans. Later Sal says that he's never been on an airplane before. Some people believe this to be a goof, but later in the film Sonny's mother refers to his time served in Vietnam and also Sonny says he is "entitled to" a military funeral. It may be that Sonny is a Vietnam vet and Sal is not, or that both men are vets and Sal simply has not flown before and rather traveled via ship. See more »

Quotes

Leon: Where? Where are you going?
Sonny: I don't know where yet. Well, we've said Algeria. I don't know. So, I'll go to Algeria. I don't know though.
Leon: Why - are you going to Algeria?
Sonny: I don't know why. They got a Howard Johnson's there. So, I'm going.
Leon: Howard Johnson's. You're warped. You know that. You're really warped.
Sonny: I'm warped. I know I'm warped.
Leon: God, Algeria? It's eh - I - I - they - it's eh - you know - they walk around, they got masks on, and they got things on their head. They're a bunch of crazy people ...
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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 »

Alternate Versions

Recent DVD release replaces the old Warner Bros. logo at the beginning with the newer WB/AOL logo. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sunny Side Up (1994) See more »

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Stay with Me
(uncredited)
Written by Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood
Performed by Faces
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Finally, a 'great' 70's film that lives up to the hype
17 September 2005 | by stevenfallonnycSee all my reviews

Being such a big movie fan, I discovered there were still many "great" films, especially from the 70's, I haven't seen yet. "Love Story," "The Way We Were," "Straw Dogs" and more, I check them out and they're all overrated tripe.

I was hoping "Dog Day Afternoon" wouldn't fall into that category, and it hasn't. It's actually a very gripping tale and filmed just beautifully, and casted even better. Al Pacino of course is great, and even though he does walk a little close to the "overacting" line (a line he crosses throughout his entire career to some degree) he just stays safe here.

Charles Durning was excellent as the head cop trying to keep things cool, and the scene with him and Pacino simply bickering back and forth is priceless. When the FBI take over at one point, he pretty much disappears for the rest of the movie and it's very noticeable.

This was actually filmed just blocks from where I grew up in Brooklyn so that's another reason I always wanted to see it. I'm shocked this hasn't been on the list for potential remakes, another decent movie ready to be ruined by today's Hollywood.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

25 December 1975 (USA) See more »

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Dog Day Afternoon See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$50,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,000,000
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Runtime:

| (1975)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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