Dog Day Afternoon

Dog Day Afternoon

Sidney Lumet (1975)

X 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
Mulvaney Sully Boyar
Sylvia Penelope Allen
Sheldon James Broderick
Jenny Carol Kane
Margaret Beulah Garrick
Deborah Sandra Kazan
Miriam Marcia Jean Kurtz
Maria Amy Levitt
Howard John Marriott
Edna Estelle Omens
Stevie Gary Springer
Murphy Lance Henriksen
Carmine Carmine Foresta
Director Sidney Lumet
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Warner DistsGuidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray