If Sidney Lumet at first looked like he was going to specialize in bringing work from other dramatic media--the stage, TV--to the screen, he turned to adapting high-quality novels and stories with The Pawnbroker (1964) and thereafter drew about equally from stage and prose fiction. Dog Day Afternoon is the second adaptation of nonfictional works he made and one of his best movies that I've seen. Just about every element of it would be hard to improve, but for all its excellences, it's characters aren't interesting enough to support its two-hours-plus length. The first hour is the better one, with lots of boffo black-comedy laughs, but after those, as things get seriouser and seriouser, having to admit that the antihero played so commandingly by Al Pacino (perhaps my favorite American actor of his generation) is really just a sadsack--grandiose and appealing, but still--makes one long for the end title. I'll be damned, however, if I could see any obviously cuttable scenes in the movie. --Ray Olson
Pretty Good movie...I recommend it if you like exciting movies....and have
are a film critique since it is a fairly good plot and fairly good acting...and actors and parts.
. . . and the organized version of a bank robbery is 'Inside Man'.
Some of the dark humor, interaction with the hostages and characterization in this movie made it really good. Very little violence, but tense. I liked the story a lot.
I love this movie with Al Pacino for his Intensity and tension of a robbery bank goes wrong. Very good movie in my opinion.
Outstanding performances by Al Pacino and John Cazale in this fraught hostage/ bank hold up picture.
made me look up Sidney Lumet and place holds on a few more of his films. and this is a great story ; a man moved by love rage and frustration to commit a desperate act and see it through to the end. he doesn't give up on that nor the people in his life. unfortunately his wife and mother are hysterical dopes in this telling, but poignant that he married the same kind of woman as his mother.
One of the great screen performances by Al Pacino early in his career- the film is a claustrophobic maelstrom of tension.
The library has copies of the new edition of this classic movie which, so far, seem to be in fine condition.
Dog Day Afternoon is one of the great movies of the 1970s, and Pacino's intense performance is one of the greatest in movie history. He runs an amazing gamut of emotions, and eventually tears your heart out. All of the supporting cast is also excellent, especially Chris Sarandon as Leon. This is method acting at its finest.
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