Dog Day Afternoon

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  • Trailer for this failed robbery drama based on a true story

Movie Info & Cast


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


  • Penelope Allen
  • Sully Boyar
  • John Cazale
  • Beulah Garrick
  • Carol Kane
  • Sandra Kazan
  • Marcia Jean Kurtz
  • Amy Levitt
  • John Marriott
  • Estelle Omens

Did You Know?


  • The production shoot lasted seven weeks with crews and cast working day and night. Due to director Sidney Lumet's speedy style of working, the film was completed three weeks ahead of schedule.
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  • Det. Sgt Moretti is shown with an NYPD Detective's shield, but should be wearing a Sgt's shield. These are distinctly different shields.
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    • Sonny: Is there any special country you wanna go to?
    • Sal: Wyoming.
    • Sonny: Sal, Wyoming's not a country.
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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.

Metacritic review by Mick LaSalle
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times