in about 100 words or less
US 125m, Colour
Director: Sidney Lumet; Cast: Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning, Chris Sarandon, Penelope Allen, James Broderick, Lance Henriksen, Carol Kane
Based upon real life events, Dog Day Afternoon is a crime drama about a bumbled bank heist which turns into a hostage situation and a day long standoff with police. As unemployed Vietnam veterans, Sonny and Sal feel they have nothing to lose and attempt to negotiate with the FBI for a plane out of the country. From the outset, there is little doubt of the duo’s eventual fate. As the anti-hero, Pacino provides a particularly convincing and heartfelt performance as Sonny, a deeply troubled and complex character who wins the admiration of bystanders in the sociopolitical upheaval of the 1970s (Klaus Ming July 2013).