Dog Day Afternoon
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A loser robs a Brooklyn bank with his stupid buddy to pay for his lover's sex change.
A gripping true crime yarn, a juicy slice of overheated New York atmosphere, and a splendid showcase for its young actors, Dog Day Afternoon is a minor classic of the 1970s. The opening montage of New York street life (set to Elton John's lazy "Amoreena") establishes the oppressive mood of a scorching afternoon in the city with such immediacy that you can almost smell the garbage baking in the sun and the water from the hydrants evaporating from the sizzling pavement. Al Pacino plays Sonny, who, along with his rather slow-witted accomplice Sal (John Cazale, familiar as Pacino's Godfather brother Fredo), holds hostages after a botched a bank robbery. Sonny finds himself transformed into a rebel celebrity when his standoff with police (including lead negotiator Charles Durning) is covered live on local television. The movie doesn't appear to be about anything in particular, but it really conveys the feel of wild and unpredictable events unfolding before your eyes, and the whole picture is so convincing and involving that you're glued to the screen. An Oscar winner for original screenplay, Dog Day Afternoon was also nominated for best picture, actor, supporting actor (Chris Sarandon, as a surprise figure from Sonny's past), editing, and director (Sidney Lumet of Serpico, Prince of the City, The Verdict, and Running on Empty). --Jim Emerson
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Something I've noticed as my BD collection increases are continuity errors I never noticed before. I watched this BD just last night and noticed one for the first time (I won't bore you with details - an outdoor daytime scene where the sun's shadow moves dramatically - one or more hours of real time had passed, demonstrating that pieces of multiple takes were used in the final movie). But this isn't necessarily a bad thing ;)
Also, unlike some other movies, all extras included on the DVD release are present on this BD, so you won't "lose" anything.
Notice how well Lumet keeps the set getting dingy over time. It is nice, as is the lighting which goes from flourescent harshness to cold night.
Almost 50 years after Stonewall, almost 40 years after its release, "Dog Day Afternoon" brings us deftly back and presents a narrative more compelling than it seemed wehn first released.
The police and FBI totally play mind games with him, furthering frustrating him,
John Cazzel give his usual great performance Sal, the reluctant side-kick. If you have never see it buy it immediately.
hte movie is deadon and Pacino is wonderful playing the frustrated would be bank robber where everything that cold go wrong z\does. No money, hostages that he treats nicely, the police and FBI making things worse. John Cazelual as usual plays his part to perfection. If you have never seen
The 2-disc edition has lots of special features which make for interesting watching, with Pacino and Lumet talking about their work and the film in "A 4-part Anniversary Documentary" which you may be inspired to watch after seeing the film. Also included is a film commentary by the director and a featurette, "Lumet: Film Maker" which was made in the 70s around the time they made this film. "Dog Day Afternoon" has subtitles in English (yes!), Spanish and French. An excellent and surprising period piece (1975) which gives a portrayal of an incident that happened 3 years prior (1972). Would appeal to fans of 'true crime' stories, 70s classics, Sydney Lumet and Al Pacino. I saw this after catching Scarecrow with Pacino and Gene Hackman, also a winner.