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Dog Day Afternoon

  • Film
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Dog Day Afternoon

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

At first sight, a film with large, self-conscious ambitions where a bank siege (the film is based on a real incident that occurred in the summer of '72) seems a metaphor for Attica and other scenes of American overkill and victimisation. But it turns into something smaller and less pretentious: a richly detailed, meandering portrait of an incompetent, anxiety-ridden, gay bank robber (played with ferocious and self-destructive energy by Pacino) who wants money to finance a sex-change operation for his lover. The film's strength lies in its depiction of surfaces, lacking the visual or intellectual imagination to go beyond its shrewd social and psychological observations and its moments of absurdist humour.

Written by LQ

Release Details

  • Duration:130 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Sidney Lumet
  • Screenwriter:Frank R Pierson
  • Cast:
    • Al Pacino
    • John Cazale
    • Sully Boyar
    • Penelope Allen
    • Beulah Garrick
    • Carol Kane
    • Charles Durning
    • James Broderick
    • Chris Sarandon
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