Moments later, they are inside the bank with guns drawn and Sonny is issuing orders to the bank manager and cashiers. He did, however, praise Al Pacino and Chris Sarandon's portrayals of himself and Elizabeth Eden. Dog Day Afternoon seems to be over, but it is just getting started. Sonny is immediately arrested, and the hostages are freed. Murphy again reminds Sal to aim his gun away. It won't win awards for picture quality, but Dog Day Afternoon is impressively detailed with gorgeous contrast.
Rounding out the special features are the theatrical trailer and a worthwhile, four part documentary on the making of Dog Day Afternoon, which includes an exploration of the actual events that inspired the movie. The film will not win any audio awards, either. It'll interesting to watch the recent documentary on the character Pacino portrays, 'The Dog'--just found out about it earlier today. Sonny then gets an unexpected phone call from Police Captain Moretti, who tells him the place is surrounded by the city's entire police force. Sonny then gets an unexpected phone call from Police Captain Moretti, who tells him the place is surrounded by the city's entire police force. Also, although Sal was 18 years old at the time of the robbery, he is portrayed in the film by then 39-year-old John Cazale. Exterior shots were filmed on location on Prospect Park West between 17th and 18th Street in.
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. Wojtowicz, along with Sal Naturale, held up a branch in , on August 22, 1972. She died of complications from in Genesee Hospital, in , in 1987. He also demands pizzas for the hostages, and that his wife be brought to the bank. Wojtowicz died of cancer in January 2006. For more about Dog Day Afternoon and the Dog Day Afternoon Blu-ray release, see published by Greg Maltz on August 15, 2007 where this Blu-ray release scored 4. After being apprehended, Wojtowicz was convicted in court and sentenced to 20 years in prison, of which he served six.
Of great interest to his fans, and indeed fans of movies in general, is Lumet's commentary describing the casting, filming and aftermath of Dog Day Afternoon. Each successive moment seems to reveal new insight into Sonny and his motivation for the robbery. Sidney Lumet's riveting drama, based on actual events, also stars Charles Durning, John Cazale, Chris Sarandon. Fascinating interactions develop as Sonny tries to manage Sal, the hostages and Moretti. The last strains of Amoreena play and the music ends.
That Pacino could instantaneously switch on and off these elements of Sonny's personality and convey a full range of emotions while staying comfortably in character is a testament to his skill as an actor. The remainder of the film has no score. Archived from on March 30, 2006. Without even trying to make that point, this film captures that concept beautifully. In a nutshell, the audio doesn't hold back Dog Day Afternoon, but you won't want to use it to demo your system.
Based upon a real-life story that happened in the early seventies in which the Chase Manhattan Bank in Gravesend, Brooklyn, was held siege by a bank robber determined to steal enough money for his male lover to undergo a sex change operation. 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. Having few options under the circumstances, Sonny nervously bargains with Moretti, demanding safe escort to the airport and a plane out of the country in return for the bank employees' safety. Instead of writing a straight review, I'd like to jot down ten thoughts just off the top of my head concerning this exquisite movie: 1 Watching this film will change forever your perception of the bank heist genre, making you question the contrived cinematic conventions these films usually make use of. Watch the way Sonny's face drops when he learns the police have the bank surrounded. 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.
» I've watched this film for the third time in a few years last night. Sal assures Sonny that he is ready to kill if necessary. Dog Day Afternoon was nominated for several and awards, and won the. Sonny demands a vehicle to drive him and Sal to an airport to board a jet. Archived from on January 11, 2006. All that changed as of April 10, 2007 when Warner Home Video released Dog Day Afternoon on Blu-ray.
New York Review of Magazines. Hoffman was later offered the role when Pacino briefly quit the production. An 18-year-old actor was originally to be cast in the role of Sal to match the age of the actual Salvatore. The audio, too, cleans up nicely on this much improved classic. As Sonny's motives for the robbery are slowly revealed and things become more complicated, the heist turns into a media circus.