Dog Day Afternoon

Docudrama | In English | 125 minutes

Info
Sonny is determined to get enough money so his male lover, Leon, can get the sex-change operation he desperately wants. Together with his sidekick Sal, Sonny decides to rob the First Brooklyn Savings Bank. When Sonny is told he just missed the daily cash pickup, and the only money in the bank is a paltry $1,100, he panics. The employees  now hostages, Sonny and Sal  demand a   limousine to drive them to the airport. A large crowd gathers around the bank. While police sergeant Moretti tries to negotiate a deal, the crowd is totally behind Sonny. They cheer him on.  A limousine eventually arrives and drives Sonny, Sal, FBI agent Murphy and a few hostages to Kennedy Airport. The end is tragic for everyone except Leon. He does manage to have his sex-change operation.
Cast
Al Pacino (Sonny Wortzik) / John Cazale (Sal Naturile) / Charles Durning (Sergeant Eugene Moretti) / Chris Sarandon  (Leon Shermer) / James Broderick (FBI agent Murphy)
Why Stream This Film?
Dog Day Afternoon is about Sonny, a compulsive and complex man. He’s a Vietnam vet, street-wise, and determined to get enough money to pay for his gay lover’s sex change, even if it means robbing a bank. Al Pacino is so riveting in this role that he received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor of the Year.  
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 96%
  • Metacritic Score: 86
Accolades
  • Academy Awards: Winner, Best Original Screenplay (Frank Pierson); Nominated, Best Picture; Best Director (Sidney Lumet); Best Actor (Al Pacino); Best Supporting Actor (Chris Sarandon)
  • British Academy Film Awards: Best Actor (Al Pacino)
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards: Winner, Best Film; Best Director (Sidney Lumet); Best Actor (Al Pacino)
  • National Board of Review Awards: Listed, Top Ten Films of the Year
  • The film was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
In DOG DAY AFTERNOON a complex relationship grows among the criminals, the victims, the police, and the press. Knowing they’re on TV, hostages comb their hair and killers say the things they’ve learned on the evening news. But Lumet’s film is also a study of a fascinating character: Sonny, the bank robber who takes charge, played by Al Pacino as a compulsive and most complex man. He becomes one of the most interesting modern movie characters.
Roger Ebert

RogerEbert.com

DOG DAY AFTERNOON is Sidney Lumet’s most accurate, most flamboyant New York movie. DOG DAY AFTERNOON is a melodrama, based on fact, about a disastrously ill-planned Brooklyn bank robbery, and it’s beautifully acted by performers who appear to have grown up on the city’s sidewalks in the heat and hopelessness of an endless midsummer.
Vincent Canby

The New York Times

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