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Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

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A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation, which turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.

Director:

Sidney Lumet

Writers:

Frank Pierson (screenplay), P.F. Kluge (based upon a magazine article by) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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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 »


Certificate:

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Trivia

Most of the movie takes place in three locations: inside the bank, on the street outside the bank, and in the barbershop across from the bank. Standard procedure would be to shoot the street scenes on location, and then film the bank and barbershop interiors on sets constructed at a studio (where it's much easier to control lighting, sound, etc.). But Sidney Lumet wanted realistic continuity. He wanted us to see, for example, that when a character enters the bank from the street, he's really doing so -- not walking through a location door and then entering a fake set miles away. So Lumet found a block of a Brooklyn street that suited his purposes, including a vacant warehouse that could be turned into a bank. See more »

Goofs

When Sonny is having the tellers empty the money from the cash drawers, one of the teller's name signs says "Maria Sandora." When the telephone rings and the scene cuts to the manager and back to the tellers, the sign has disappeared. After the camera cuts to a different view of Sonny and the tellers walking to the next window, the sign is no longer where it was but is now located at this next teller window. After this, as the camera angles cut back and forth, the scene was obviously filmed at different times because the items on top of the counter are in different order and do not always appear in all shots. See more »

Quotes

Angie: He might've done it. His body functions might've done it. But, he, himself, he didn't do it.
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Crazy Credits

Al Pacino is the only actor credited at the start of the film. The rest of the cast is not credited until the ending. 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 Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hercules Unchained (1992) See more »

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Amoreena
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Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Performed by Elton John
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A true crafty masterpiece!
13 November 2019 | by UniqueParticleSee all my reviews

One of the greatest films I have ever seen! Al Pacino is a legendary actor! The best heist film ever made, I am ashamed I didn't see Dog Day Afternoon sooner. The acting blows me away, I'm glad it still holds up nowadays and is still recommended that's perfection done right. Damn near everything is impeccable and exciting - Sidney Lumet created such a blast of delight!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1975)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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