• Dog Day Afternoon (1997)

Dog Day Afternoon

Release Date: April 2nd, 1997

DVD Release Date: December 17th, 1997

R |2 hr 10 min

Plot Summary

When inexperienced criminal Sonny Wortzik (Al Pacino) leads a bank robbery in Brooklyn, things quickly go wrong, and a hostage situation develops. As Sonny and his accomplice, Sal Naturile (John Cazale), try desperately to remain in control, a media circus develops and the FBI arrives, creating even more tension. Gradually, Sonny's surprising motivations behind the robbery are revealed, and his standoff with law enforcement moves toward its inevitable end.

Cast: Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning, Chris Sarandon, Sully Boyar, James Broderick, Penelope Allen, Carol Kane

Director: Sidney Lumet

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Artists Entertainment Complex

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Forbidden love, Love triangle, Witty, Emotional, Escape, Wife, Tense, 1970s, Quest, New York City

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Lumet is exploring the clichés, not just using them. And he has a good feel for the big-city crowd that's quickly drawn to the action. show more

  • 90

    For all of its social, political and cinematic significance, Dog Day Afternoon is a terrifically entertaining and emotionally devastating film to boot. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    The film's tone is extraordinarily flexible, holding within the same reality elements of the absurd, the ridiculous and the comic while sustaining a sense of tension and dread throughout. This is, of course, one of the classic Pacino roles - he's so appealing - but don't overlook the late John Cazale as his accomplice, who gives us a character who's stupid and scared, troubled and dangerous, and disturbingly inscrutable. show more

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