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The Dog (2013)

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A documentary portrait of the late John Wojtowicz, whose attempted robbery of a Brooklyn bank to finance his male lover's sex-reassignment surgery was the real-life inspiration for Dog Day Afternoon (1975).
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Credited cast:
John Wojtowicz ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carmen Bifulco Carmen Bifulco ... Herself
Jeremy Bowker ... (voice)
Liz Debbie Eden Liz Debbie Eden ... Herself
George Heath George Heath ... Himself
Bob Kappstatter Bob Kappstatter ... Himself
Eugene Lowenkopf Eugene Lowenkopf ... Himself (as Dr. Eugene Lowenkopf)
P.S. Mueller P.S. Mueller ... (voice)
Jeremiah Newton Jeremiah Newton ... Himself
Stan Thaler Stan Thaler ... Himself
Richard Wandel Richard Wandel ... Himself
Randolfe Wicker Randolfe Wicker ... Himself (as Randy Wicker)
Theresa Basso Wojtowicz Theresa Basso Wojtowicz ... Herself
Tony Wojtowicz Tony Wojtowicz ... Himself


Coming of age in the 1960s, John Wojtowicz libido was unrestrained even by the libertine standards of the era, with multiple wives and lovers, both women and men. In August 1972, he attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover's sex-reassignment surgery, resulting in a fourteen-hour hostage situation that was broadcast live on television. Three years later, John was portrayed by Al Pacino as 'Sonny'

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Lover. Husband. Soldier. Activist. Mama's Boy. Bank Robber. And the inspiration behind Dog Day Afternoon. See more »


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Release Date:

15 August 2014 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,431, 8 August 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$44,532, 10 October 2014
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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References Dog Day Afternoon (1975) See more »

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Hugely engrossing
15 October 2014 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

I love Dog Day Afternoon. Granted, I haven't seen it in years, but I think it's a great film. What a surprise to see that the real-life events that it's based on are actually even more interesting. This really could have been a feature film, but I'm so glad that instead it's a documentary. John Wojtowicz is an even more interesting person than his character in Dog Day Afternoon. Really great job balancing out many of his life events and not trying to cram too much in and still leaving a big emotional impact. Great stuff, and I highly recommend it. It can be highly funny and also have a big emotional impact. Heartbreaking without being sappy.

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