Dog Day Afternoon Movie Review 1975

Information and Film Reviews for Dog Day Afternoon the Movie

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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 VHS, DVD
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.

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