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Dog Day Afternoon (DVD) (Rpkg)
Academy Award winner Al Pacino robs a bank to pay for a sex-change operation for his lover, Leon (Chris Sarandon). Based on a true story. On one of the hottest days of August 1972, three amateur bank robbers plan to hold up a Brooklyn bank. A nice simple robbery: Walk in, take the money, and run. Unfortunately, the supposedly uncomplicated heist suddenly becomes a bizarre nightmare as everything that could go wrong does.]]>
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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.
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.
John Cazale, Charles Durning and Chris Sarandon are all phenomenal as well. The scene with Sonny and Leon talking on the phone is just tremedous. You can see and feel all of emotions that exists between those two characters in one 5 minute phone call...love, hate, anger, fear.
All and all, this is one of the best films of all time. You will not be disappointed.
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
negative is the plethora of "F- Bombs" throughout the movie. Why Hollywood insists on these scripts is a mystery to me.