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Dog Day Afternoon Details

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Based on a true 1972 story, [[Performer~P100370~Sidney Lumet~sidneylumet]]'s 1975 drama chronicles a unique bank robbery on a hot summer afternoon in New York City. Shortly before closing time, scheming loser Sonny ([[Performer~P54596~Al Pacino~alpacino]]) and his slow-witted buddy, Sal ([[Performer~P11919~John Cazale~johncazale]]), 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 ([[Performer~P20780~Charles Durning~charlesdurning]]) tries to negotiate with Sonny while keeping the volatile spectacle under control. When Sonny's lover, Leon ([[Performer~P63156~Chris Sarandon~chrissarandon]]), 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 ([[Performer~P8625~James Broderick~jamesbroderick]]) arrives to take over the negotiations. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

  • Release date:September 21, 1975

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Al Pacino Best Actor 1975 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Al Pacino Best Actor 1975 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Al Pacino Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1975 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Al Pacino Best Actor 1975 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Chris Sarandon New Star of the Year - Male 1975 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Chris Sarandon Best Supporting Actor 1975 Nominee
National Board of Review Charles Durning Best Supporting Actor 1975 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Charles Durning Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1975 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frank Pierson Best Original Screenplay 1975 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Frank Pierson Best Screenplay 1975 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Cazale Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1975 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Sidney Lumet Best Director 1975 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Sidney Lumet Best Picture 1975 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Sidney Lumet Best Director 1975 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Sidney Lumet Best Director 1975 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sidney Lumet Best Director 1975 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Dede Allen Best Editing 1975 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dede Allen Best Editing 1975 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Martin Bregman Best Picture 1975 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Martin Elfand Best Picture 1975 Nominee

Cast

Al Pacino
as Sonny
John Cazale
as Sal
Charles Durning
as N.Y. Detective Moretti
Sully Boyar
as Bank Manager Mulvaney
Chris Sarandon
as Leon
James Broderick
as FBI Agent Sheldon
Susan Peretz
as Angie
Judith Malina
as Mother
Ron Cummins
as TV Reporter
Lionel Pina
as Pizza Boy
John Marriott
as Howard
William Bogert
as TV Studio Anchorman
Dick Anthony Williams
as Limo Driver
Amy Levitt
as Maria
Beulah Garrick
as Margaret
Marcia Jean Kurtz
as Miriam
Gary Springer
as Stevie
Dominic Chianese
as Father
Todd Everett
as Cop (uncredited)
Lance Henriksen
as Murphy
Floyd Levine
as Phone Cop
Carmine Foresta
as Carmine
Sandra Kazan
as Deborah
Carol Kane
as Jenny
Thomas Murphy
as Policeman with Angie

Crew

Sidney Lumet
Director
Martin Elfand
Producer
Martin Bregman
Producer
Frank Pierson
Screenwriter
Victor J. Kemper
Cinematographer
Dede Allen
Editor
Douglas Higgins
Art Director
Robert Greenhut
Associate Producer
Richard Vorisek
Sound/Sound Designer
James J. Sabat
Sound/Sound Designer
Burtt Harris
First Assistant Director
Fred Schuler
Camera Operator
Don Phillips
Casting
Michael Chinich
Casting
Peggy Farrell
Costumes Supervisor
Reginald Tackley
Makeup
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