IMDb Top 250: #249 Dog Day Afternoon


Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Director: Sidney Lumet
Writers: Frank Pierson (screenplay), P.F. Kluge (based upon a magazine article by)
Stars: Al Pacino, John Cazale, Penelope Allen

A man robs a bank to pay for his lover’s operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.


Dog Day Afternoon or how to screw up your life by making a bad decision and then not managing to do anything to make it right. Something like that.

There’s not much to say. Pacino plays the role of a haunted (hunted) man, what he’s always been terrific at actually. The first few minutes you get the idea: they’re going to screw this robbery up big time, probably someone’s going to get killed. It’s inevitable. They are desperate to the point of making mistakes that no man would do. This is human, in a way.

Bank robberies are usually depicted in movies…

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