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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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Nobody could dream him up. His incredible bank robbery is all the more bizarre...because it's true. See more »


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25 December 1975 (USA)  »

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Tarde de perros  »

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Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

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

Sal berates one of the bank tellers for smoking, saying he doesn't smoke because "I don't want to get the cancer." John Cazale, a heavy smoker, died from lung cancer three years later. 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 »

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Sonny: Is there any special country you wanna go to?
Sal: Wyoming.
Sonny: Sal, Wyoming's not a country.
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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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Pacino's legend.
21 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

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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