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Dog Day Afternoon

What's it about?

Sonny and Sal attempt a bank heist which quickly turns sour and escalates into a hostage situation and stand-off with the police. As Sonny's motives for the robbery are slowly revealed and things become more complicated, the heist turns into a media circus.

Why did we pick it?

Recounting the most casual bank robbery in history, Dog Day Afternoon slowly unravels into a chaotic but touching character study about what happens when someone is pushed to the edge.

Who's in it? Al Pacino - Sonny Wortzik

John Cazale - Salvatore 'Sal' Naturile

Charles Durning - Det. Sgt. Eugene Moretti

Who made it?

Sidney Lumet - Director

Frank Pierson - Writer (Screenplay)



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