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Based on a true story, this taut, yet fantastic thriller centers on a bi-sexual and his slow-witted buddy who rob a bank to obtain money to fund a sex change operation for the ringleader's lover. Pacino is breathtaking in his role as the frustrated robber, caught in a trap of his own devising. Very controversial for its language and subject matter when released, it nevertheless became a huge success. Director Lumet keeps up the pace, fills the screen with pathos without gross sentiment.

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Available on Running time 124 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Mystery & Suspense, Hostage!, Terrorism, Sanity Check, True Stories, Top Grossing Films of 1975, Sex & Sexuality, Bisexuality, New York, New York
Frank Pierson
Dominic Chianese, Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning, James Broderick, Chris Sarandon, Carol Kane, Lance Henriksen, Dick Williams
Victor Kemper
Sidney Lumet


Oscars 1975: Orig. Screenplay; British Acad. 1975: Actor (Pacino); Natl. Bd. of Review 1975: Support. Actor (Durning); Writers Guild 1975: Orig. Screenplay.

Visitor Reviews

Dog Day Afternoon
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This movie was made in 1975 and based on a true story from 1972. Al Pacino portrays Sonny, a gay man, who decides to rob a bank so his boyfriend can get a sex change operation. Another man named Sal, played by John Cazali, helps him and they plan to just go in rob the bank and leave so no one gets hurt. Well, it's a hot summer day in Brooklyn and they go in to rob the bank and discover that the bank doesn't have much money so they have to take the employees hostage so they can demand a plane and money from the police. The two robbers are upset because nothing was going as planned. The police bring in Sonny's friend Leon to try and talk him out of the robbery and they even bring in Sonny's mom. Leon admits to Sonny that he isn't going anywhere with him and that Sonny has done all this for nothing. In the end, someone does get shot and the original plans have gone the wrong way. This is a really good movie and Al Pacino is an excellent actor who you can't help feeling sorry for.