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Format: DVD
Sku: 202118651
UPC: 085393372729
UPC 14: 00085393372729
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"The robbery should have taken 10 minutes. 4 hours later, the bank was like a circus sideshow. 8 hours later, it was the hottest thing on live T.V. 12 hours later, it was all history. And it's all true."|"The Robbery Should Have Taken Ten Minutes. Eight Hours Later, it was the Hottest Thing on Live TV. And it's All True."
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).

"...modern cinema's template for the bank-robbery-gone-wrong flick is this one.  Christopher Null,
"Bitingly funny and wonderfully compassionate.  New York Daily News
"Few fictional thrillers are as tense or as funny as this real-life recreation.  John J. Puccio, DVD Town
"One of Pacino's best. One of Lumet's best. It's a true American classic.  Scott Weinberg,
"...brims over with energy, rude humor and understated pathos.  Stephen Farber, MovieLine

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/28/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 124 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1975
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 33727
Video UPC UPC: 00085393372729
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Al Pacino
Video Cast Info Charles Durning
Video Cast Info Chris Sarandon
Video Cast Info John Cazale
Video Cast Info Carol Kane
Video Cast Info James Broderick
Video Cast Info Judith Malina
Video Cast Info Lance Henriksen
Video Cast Info Frank Pierson, et al. - Writer
Video Cast Info Martin Bregman - Producer
Video Cast Info Martin Elfand - Producer
Video Cast Info Robert Greenhut - Producer
Video Cast Info Sidney Lumet - Director
Video Cast Info Victor J. Kemper - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Dede Allen - Editor
Video Cast Info Douglas Higgins - Art Director
Video Cast Info Frank Pierson - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Martin Bregman, et. al. - Producer
Video Cast Info P.F. Kluge - Based On Article By
Video Cast Info Thomas Moore - Based On Article By
Video Cast Info Victor J. Kemper - Cinematographer


Nominee (1976)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Martin Bregman & Martin Elfand, Best Picture

Winner (1976)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Frank Pierson, Best Writing, Original Screenplay

Nominee (1976)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Al Pacino, Best Actor
   Video Award Name Oscar, Chris Sarandon, Best Supporting Actor
   Video Award Name Oscar, Sidney Lumet, Best Director

Winner (1976)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Al Pacino, Best Actor
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Dede Allen, Best Film Editing

Nominee (1976)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Al Pacino, Best Actor in a Leading Role
   Video Award Name Oscar, Chris Sarandon, Best Actor in a Supporting Role
   Video Award Name Oscar, Dede Allen, Best Film Editing
   Video Award Name Oscar, Martin Bregman, Martin Elfand, Best Picture

Memorable Quotes

"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

"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

"Attica! Attica!"----Sonny to the crowds outside the bank

Professional Reviews

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

Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10
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. - Roger Ebert 10 of 10
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. - Pam Grady

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Pacino,Al
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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