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Plot, Details & Awards

Dog Day Afternoon

R In Theaters 04/2/1997 , 130min.
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Plot & Details

Based on a true 1972 story, Sidney Lumet's 1975 drama chronicles a unique bank robbery on a hot summer afternoon in New York City. Shortly before closing time, scheming loser Sonny (Al Pacino) and his slow-witted buddy, Sal (John Cazale), burst into a Brooklyn bank for what should be a run-of-the-mill robbery, but everything goes wrong, beginning with the fact that there is almost no money in the bank. The situation swiftly escalates, as Sonny and Sal take hostages; enough cops to police the tristate area surround the bank; a large Sonny-sympathetic crowd gathers to watch; the media arrive to complete the circus; and police captain Moretti (Charles Durning) tries to negotiate with Sonny while keeping the volatile spectacle under control. When Sonny's lover, Leon (Chris Sarandon), tries to talk Sonny out of the bank, we learn the robbery's motive: to finance Leon's sex-change operation. Sonny demands a plane to escape, but the end is near once menacingly cool FBI agent Sheldon (James Broderick) arrives to take over the negotiations.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Martin Elfand Nominated
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Dede Allen Nominated
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Frank Pierson Won
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Sidney Lumet Nominated
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Martin Bregman Nominated
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Al Pacino Nominated
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Chris Sarandon Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1975 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Al Pacino Won
1975 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Dede Allen Won
1975 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Sidney Lumet Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1975 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Al Pacino Nominated
1975 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Charles Durning Nominated
1975 Hollywood Foreign Press Association New Star of the Year - Male Chris Sarandon Nominated
1975 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Frank Pierson Nominated
1975 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture John Cazale Nominated
1975 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated
1975 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Sidney Lumet Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1975 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Al Pacino Won
1975 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Dede Allen Won
1975 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Sidney Lumet Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1975 Directors Guild of America Best Director Sidney Lumet Nominated

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1975 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Director Sidney Lumet Won
1975 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Picture Won
1975 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Actor Al Pacino Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1975 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actor Charles Durning Won
1975 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

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