Dog Day Afternoon

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Based upon a real-life story that happened in the early seventies in which the Chase Manhattan Bank in Gravesend, Brooklyn, was held siege by a bank robber determined to steal enough money for his wife (a trans woman) to undergo a sex change operation. On a hot summer afternoon, the First Savings Bank of Brooklyn is held up by Sonny and Sal, two down-and-out characters. Although the bank manager and female tellers agree not to interfere with the robbery, Sonny finds that there's actually nothing much to steal, as most of the cash has been picked up for the day. Sonny then gets an unexpected phone call from Police Captain Moretti, who tells him the place is surrounded by the city's entire police force. Having few options under the circumstances, Sonny nervously bargains with Moretti, demanding safe escort to the airport and a plane out of the country in return for the bank employees' safety.

Director: Sidney Lumet
Writer: Frank Pierson (screenplay), P.F. Kluge (based upon a magazine article by), Thomas Moore (based upon a magazine article by)
Production: N/A
Year: 1975
MetaScore: 86/100
ImdbRating: 8.0
BoxOffice: N/A
Released: 25 Dec 1975
Awards: Won 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 19 nominations.


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Mulvaney - Sully Boyar
Margaret - Beulah Garrick
Jenny - Carol Kane
Deborah - Sandra Kazan
Maria - Amy Levitt
Howard - John Marriott
Sonny - Al Pacino
Stevie - Gary Springer
Sheldon - James Broderick
Moretti - Charles Durning
Carmine - Carmine Foresta
Phone Cop - Floyd Levine
Limo Driver - Dick Anthony Williams
Neighbor - Marcia Haufrecht
Mother - Judith Malina
Angie - Susan Peretz
TV Anchorman - William Bogert
TV Reporter - Ron Cummins
Maria's Boyfriend - Chu Chu Malave
Pizza Boy - Lionel Pina
Sgt. Gillis - James Bulleit
New York Policeman - Robert Costanzo
Street Crowd Member - David Daniel
Street Crowd Member - Camille DeBiase
Street Crowd Member - Michael DeBiase
Shawon Wojtowicz - Fabrizio DiGiacomo
Ambulance Driver - Richard Garrick
Detective - Ron Gilbert
Police Sergeant - Paul E. Guskin
Dawn Wojtowicz - Jennifer Lanzisero
Cop at JFK - Tony Lip
Commissioner - Kenneth McMillan
Police Officer - John Meeks
Sgt. Murray - Ed Metzger
Policeman with Angie - Thomas Murphy
Child in Stroller - Samantha Rodewald
New York Plainclothes Cop - Raymond Serra