Dog Day Afternoon details
|Starring:||Al Pacino, James Broderick, Charles Durning, Chris Sarandon, Carol Kane, John Cazale|
|Genres:||Comedy, Drama, Thriller|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
|Collections:||100 Top Thrillers, Watch Online Crime Classics|
Dog Day Afternoon
|Run time:||1 hour 59 minutes|
|Rental release:||07 Oct 2002|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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This film is the '...By Noel Clay from Colchester, England , 29 Oct 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]This film is the 'mostly true' story of Sonny Wortzik (in real life his name was John Wojtowicz), a married man who tries to rob a bank in order to pay for his male lovers sex change operation. If you're an Al Pacino fan you're in for a real treat -- this is certainly among his finest performances.
'Dog Day Afternoon' is a classic crime movie with some great comic moments in there as well. The fact that Sonny is gay isn't a huge issue in the film. He's just a man who's robbing a bank, and the film shows that his intentions or his sexuality aren't really as important as the media make them seem. On the whole he's portrayed as a sympathetic character, but there are hints of a darker side to his personality, such as the descriptions of him coming from his wife and lover.
From start to finish this is a very entertaining film, with plenty of memorable scenes and moments. If you're an Al Pacino fan or a fan of crime thrillers, odds are you'll love this.
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unbelievable!By gingerspike (432 reviews) from Grimsby , 03 Oct 2009a great film, laugh out loud funny, and unbelievable that it is actually based on true events!
ExcellentBy a customer from Sandhurst , 19 Jun 2009I was late coming to this film, despite having heard great things about it, but I was still blown away by Al Pacino's portrayal of the main character as the leader of a gang holding up a bank. Things go wrong at the start when one of his gang decides he can't go through with it, after the guns have been produced. With no Plan B, things can only get worse for him, and they do.
Pacino is on screen almost continuously, but his performance loses nothing of its intensity. Truly deserving of all the plaudits he received. The supporting cast are good too but they cannot help but pale in comparison.
modern classicBy BennyT (1 review) from Barry , 16 Jun 2009a very entertaining and enjoyable film.. not as serious as one might have expected
No better way to spend an afternoonBy RJNeb2 (1014 reviews) from London , 08 Mar 2009One of the great films from a great decade, with Pacino giving one of his most charismatic performances as a slightly inept bank robber who soon finds the situation spiralling out of control. Based on one of those true stories that could only happen in New York, this is also one of Lumet's finest films, extracting all the comic potential from the material and giving his superb cast so much good stuff to work with.
What Al did next...By a customer from London , 03 Jan 2009
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThink you keep seeing Pacino produce the performance (quiet to loud to quiet to loud...)? Try this, in the days where he had made his name with The Godfather and could do pretty much what he liked. Playing a bisexual, unemployed bank robber was certainly brave, especially for the time. However, his performance in trying to get out of the corner he has painted his twitchy accomplice - and himself - into is full of manic energy and will have you rooting for him despite knowing that he is highly likely to fail. A really good film; certainly don't make them like this anymore