Dog Day Afternoon

Based on the true story of would-be Brooklyn bank robbers John Wojtowicz and Salvatore Naturale. 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.

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Film Cast:

  • Sonny Wortzik: Al Pacino
  • Salvatore ‘Sal’ Naturile: John Cazale
  • Det. Sgt. Eugene Moretti: Charles Durning
  • Leon Shermer: Chris Sarandon
  • Agent Sheldon: James Broderick
  • TV Anchorman: William Bogert
  • Sylvia ‘Mouth’: Penelope Allen
  • Mulvaney: Sully Boyar
  • Margaret: Beulah Garrick
  • Jenny ‘The Squirrel’: Carol Kane
  • Deborah: Sandra Kazan
  • Miriam: Marcia Jean Kurtz
  • Maria: Amy Levitt
  • Howard Calvin: John Marriott
  • Edna: Estelle Omens
  • Stevie: Gary Springer
  • Carmine: Carmine Foresta
  • Agent Murphy: Lance Henriksen
  • Phone Cop: Floyd Levine
  • Limo Driver: Dick Anthony Williams
  • Father: Dominic Chianese
  • Neighbor: Marcia Haufrecht
  • Mother: Judith Malina
  • Angela ‘Angie’ Wortzik: Susan Peretz
  • TV Reporter: Ron Cummins
  • Sam: Jay Gerber
  • Doctor: Philip Charles MacKenzie
  • Maria’s Boyfriend: Chu Chu Malave
  • Pizza Boy: Lionel Pina
  • New York Policeman (uncredited): Robert Costanzo
  • Detective (uncredited): Ron Gilbert
  • Commissioner (uncredited): Kenneth McMillan
  • Sgt. Murray (uncredited): Ed Metzger
  • Sadie (uncredited): Lynette Sheldon
  • Lout (uncredited): Alan Berger
  • Sgt. Gillis (uncredited): James Bulleit
  • Cop (uncredited): Todd Everett
  • New York Plainclothes Cop (uncredited): Raymond Serra
  • Cop (uncredited): Tom Towles

Film Crew:

  • Producer: Martin Bregman
  • Assistant Director: Burtt Harris
  • Producer: Robert Greenhut
  • Camera Operator: Fred Schuler
  • Director: Sidney Lumet
  • Editor: Dede Allen
  • Costume Design: Anna Hill Johnstone
  • Sound Editor: Jack Fitzstephens
  • Casting: Michael Chinich
  • Hairstylist: Philip Leto
  • Set Decoration: Robert Drumheller
  • Location Manager: Martin Danzig
  • Screenplay: Frank Pierson
  • Producer: Martin Elfand
  • Director of Photography: Victor J. Kemper
  • Casting: Don Phillips
  • Production Design: Charles Bailey
  • Art Direction: Douglas Higgins
  • Recording Supervision: Dick Vorisek
  • Property Master: Joseph M. Caracciolo
  • Sound Mixer: James Sabat
  • Assistant Editor: Angelo Corrao
  • Costume Supervisor: Peggy Farrell
  • Costume Supervisor: Clifford Capone
  • Production Coordinator: Lois Kramer Hartwick
  • Book: Leslie Waller
  • Script Supervisor: B.J. Bjorkman
  • Carpenter: Carlos Quiles
  • Makeup Artist: Max Henriquez
  • Assistant Director: Alan Hopkins

Movie Reviews:

  • talisencrw: Recently I have gotten on kicks for both watching and appreciating the works of director Sidney Lumet and the classic (i.e., 70’s) performances of Al Pacino. Thus I came across this film, which I had on DVD forever. It’ll interesting to watch the recent documentary on the character Pacino portrays, ‘The Dog’–just found out about it earlier today. I loved Lumet’s films he made before this that I’ve seen–’12 Angry Men’, ‘The Fugitive Kind’, ‘The Hill’, ‘The Anderson Tapes’ and ‘Murder on the Orient Express’–and he’s superb at getting the gradual self-destruction of his characters that just seethes through the screen.

    At this point, Pacino could do no wrong in his work–he had that firm grasp on his immense talent and just what he needed from it to do remarkable work, some of the finest characterizations in contemporary cinema. Do both he and yourself a favour and don’t bother with anything he’s made since ‘Heat’.

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