Dog Day Afternoon

Dog Day Afternoon

(1975)

Anything can happen during the dog days of summer. On August 22nd, 1972, everything did.

Sidney Lumet's classic crime drama centred on a bank robbery that goes terribly wrong and catapults into a police standoff, triggering a media frenzy. Loosely based on real events. Stars Al Pacino.... More

Two gay Brooklyn men, Sonny (Pacino) and Sal (John Cazale), attempt a quick-and-loose bank heist, armed with rifles. But despite the cooperation of the staff, they soon discover the vault is near empty. Before long, the street is swarming with cops, the public and the media.

Writer Frank Pierson won an Oscar for his script.Hide

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  • 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. Full Review

  • Pacino simmers in this daring and brilliantly constructed treatise on the many facets of a crime. Full Review

  • 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. Full Review

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