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Dog Day Afternoon

Dog Day Afternoon

Sidney Lumet (1975)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This is a film about a bank robbery, the proceeds of which are needed to pay for a sex-change operation. Weird but apparently true - well, this is New York. From this material, Sidney Lumet creates a marvellous patchwork of a movie, cutting between the inept but passionate bank robbers (Al Pacino and John Cazale) whose bungled heist turns into a hostage situation, the corpulent cop leading the police siege (Charles Durning) and the mob that gathers outside the bank. It's an insane circus and you know that something, or someone, is going to blow a gasket. Pacino's performance (which earned him a fourth Oscar nomination) is a multilayered display and the whole picture seems infected by his jitters.


Hapless Sonny and his sidekick Sal have a plan to rob a Brooklyn bank. The novice crooks thought they would be in and out in 10 minutes, but instead find themselves stuck in an ongoing hostage situation, with the police and the media laying siege to the bank. Sidney Lumet's fact-based drama, starring Al Pacino, John Cazale and Charles Durning.

Cast & Crew

Sonny Wortzik Al Pacino
Sal John Cazale
Moretti Charles Durning
Leon Shermer Chris Sarandon
Jenny Carol Kane
Mulvaney Sully Boyar
Sylvia Penelope Allen
Margaret Beulah Garrick
Director Sidney Lumet
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Columbia-Warner Dists Guidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay


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