Dog Day Afternoon-Special Edition

Directed By: Sidney Lumet Starring: John Cazale Al Pacino

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On a hot Brooklyn afternoon, two optimistic losers set out to rob a bank. Sonny (Al Pacino) is the mastermind, Sid (John Cazale) is the follower, and disaster is the result. Because the cops, crowds, TV cameras, and even the pizza man have arrived. The "well-planned" heist is now a circus.

Pacino and director Sidney Lumet, collaborators on Serpico, reteam for this boisterous comedy/thriller that earned six Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture) and won an Oscar for Frank Pierson's steetwise screenplay. Based on a true incident, Dog Day Afternoon "is one of the big ones, swarming with energy, excitement and drama" (Gene Shalit, NBC TV).


Studio Warner
SKU 202118651
UPC 085393372729
UPC 14 00085393372729
Format DVD
Release Date 2/28/2006
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
Note Al Pacino plays a ferocious and fed-up bank robber in Lumet's classic film DOG DAY AFTERNOON. Balancing suspense, violence, and humor, the film's depiction of a grand-scale media event craftily dives from the political to the personal, evoking a piercing portrait of a man and his devastating downward tumble as seen through the media circus that Lumet made a career of chronicling. Pacino is heartbreakingly real as Sonny, a smart yet self-destructive Brooklyn tough whose plan to rob the local bank to fund his male lover's (Chris Sarandon) sex change goes absurdly wrong. Accompanied only by his doltish accomplice, Sal (John Cazale), Sonny realizes that all the money had been removed before his arrival, and decides to kidnap a handful of bank employees instead. As the lengthy August day drags on, Sonny and hordes of local police, led by Sergeant Moretti (Charles Durning), make little progress, and eventually Sonny's wife and lover are brought to the scene. The crowd's sympathy is immediately captured by the charismatic Sonny, whose antagonism with the police is played out before an audience of millions, leading to an inevitably tragic finish.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "He wants to know when you'll be through."--Jenny (Carol Kane), repeating to Sonny (Al Pacino) what her husband is asking her on the phone as he's robbing the bank
Quote "No, I don't want to be paid, I don't need to be paid. Look, I'm here with my partner and nine other people, see. And we're dying, man. You know? You're going to see our brains on the sidewalk, they're going to spill our guts out. Now, are you going to show that on television? Have all your housewives look at that? Instead of AS THE WORLD TURNS? I mean, what do you got for me? I want something for that."--Sonny
Quote "Attica! Attica!"--Sonny to the crowds outside the bank
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "Pacino gives one of the performances of his career....Lumet's gritty 1970s landmark remains one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to deal with gay and transsexual characters in a relatively unsensational manner..." 03/01/2006 p.132
Widescreen Review "DOG DAY AFTERNOON swarms with energy, excitement and drama." 04/01/2006 p.59
Sight and Sound "The combination of simmering tension, comedy and pathos is adroitly handled by the director and his excellent cast." 05/01/2006 p.88
Sidney Lumet
John Cazale
Al Pacino
Cast & Crew
Al Pacino - Actor
Charles Durning - Actor
Chris Sarandon - Actor
Frank Pierson, et al. - Writer
John Cazale - Actor
Martin Bregman - Producer
Martin Elfand - Producer
Robert Greenhut - Producer
Sidney Lumet - Director
Victor J. Kemper - Director of Photography
Carol Kane - Actor
Dede Allen - Editor
Douglas Higgins - Art Director
Frank Pierson - Screenplay
James Broderick - Actor
Judith Malina - Actor
Lance Henriksen - Actor
Martin Bregman, et. al. - Producer
P.F. Kluge - Based On Article By
Thomas Moore - Based On Article By
Victor J. Kemper - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1975
Catalog ID 33727
UPC 00085393372729
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 124 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Nominee (1976) Golden Globe, Martin Bregman & Martin Elfand, Best Picture,Oscar, Al Pacino, Best Actor,Oscar, Chris Sarandon, Best Supporting Actor,Oscar, Sidney Lumet, Best Director,Oscar, Al Pacino, Best Actor in a Leading Role,Oscar, Chris Sarandon, Best Actor in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Dede Allen, Best Film Editing,Oscar, Martin Bregman, Martin Elfand, Best Picture
Winner (1976) Oscar, Frank Pierson, Best Writing, Original Screenplay,British Academy Awards, Al Pacino, Best Actor,British Academy Awards, Dede Allen, Best Film Editing
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Criminals become celebrities because their crimes provide fodder for the media. Many of the fashionable new crimes -- hijacking, taking hostages -- are committed primarily as publicity stunts. And a complex relationship grows up among the criminals, their victims, the police, and the press...That's the subject, in a way, of Sidney Lumet's pointed film...But Lumet's film is also a study of a fascinating character: Sonny, the bank robber who takes charge, played by Al Pacino as a compulsive and most complex man. He's street-smart, he fought in Vietnam, he's running the stick-up in order to get money for his homosexual lover to have a sex-change operation...The movie has an irreverent, quirky sense of humor, and we get some notion of the times we live in when the bank starts getting obscene phone calls -- and the giggling tellers breathe heavily into the receiver.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Review When Al Pacino won the Best Actor Oscar in 1993 for Scent of a Woman, it was typical of the Academy: The award was long overdue--he'd been nominated eight times--and given for a lesser performance in an inferior film. He should have won back in the 1970s, if not for either of his turns as Michael Corleone in The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II, then for his role as desperate bank robber Sonny in Sidney Lumet's true-crime saga Dog Day Afternoon. After more than 30 years, the latter is as taut and vital on the new Warner Bros. double-disc special edition DVD as it must have been on the big screen back in 1975...Above all, this is Pacino's movie. Hands down, he gives one of the finest performances of his career. It's moving and emotional; exhaustion is etched into his face as the night wears Sonny down.
Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Pacino,Al
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Christopher Null, ...modern cinema's template for the bank-robbery-gone-wrong flick is this one.
New York Daily News Bitingly funny and wonderfully compassionate.
John J. Puccio, DVD Town Few fictional thrillers are as tense or as funny as this real-life recreation.
Scott Weinberg, One of Pacino's best. One of Lumet's best. It's a true American classic.
Stephen Farber, MovieLine ...brims over with energy, rude humor and understated pathos.

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