Dog Day Afternoon
|Dog Day Afternoon|
|Directed by||Sidney Lumet|
|Produced by||Martin Bregman
|Screenplay by||Frank Pierson|
|Music by||Elton John (Song)
Uriah Heep (Song)
|Cinematography||Victor J. Kemper|
|Editing by||Dede Allen|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Release date(s)||September 21, 1975|
|Running time||125 minutes
131 minutes (Director's cut)
Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 American crime drama movie set in New York City. It was directed by Sidney Lumet and written by Frank Pierson and based on an article from Life magazine. The stars of the movie are Al Pacino, John Cazale, Chris Sarandon, and Charles Durning. The story is about the robbery of a Brooklyn bank.
Cast[change | change source]
The Life article described Wojtowicz as "a dark, thin fellow with the broken-faced good looks of an Al Pacino or Dustin Hoffman". Hoffman was offered the role when Pacino briefly quit. An 18-year-old actor was originally to be cast in the role of Sal to match the age of the actual Salvatore. The table below shows the main cast of Dog Day Afternoon.
|Character||Actor||Role||Similar person from Life article|
|Sonny Wortzik||Al Pacino||Bank robber||John Wojtowicz|
|Salvatore "Sal" Naturile||John Cazale||Sonny's partner in the robbery||Salvatore Naturile|
|Detective Sgt. Eugene Moretti||Charles Durning||Police detective who first negotiates with Sonny||Detective Lieutenant Joe Anterio|
|Agent Sheldon||James Broderick||FBI agent who replaces Moretti in negotiations||Agent Richard Baker|
|Agent Murphy||Lance Henriksen||FBI agent/driver||Agent Murphy|
|Leon Shermer||Chris Sarandon||Sonny's pre-operative transsexual wife||Ernest Aron|
|Sylvia "The Mouth"||Penelope Allen||Head teller||Shirley Bell (Wojtowicz also called her "The Mouth")|
|Mulvaney||Sully Boyar||Bank manager||Robert Barrett|
|Angie||Susan Peretz||Sonny's estranged divorced wife||Carmen Bifulco|
|Jenny "The Squirrel"||Carol Kane||Bank teller|
|Stevie||Gary Springer||Bank Robber||Robert left soon after John and Salvatore held up the bank|
|Howard Calvin||John Marriott||Unarmed bank guard||Calvin Jones|
|Doctor||Philip Charles MacKenzie||MacKenzie's debut|
Historical accuracy[change | change source]
The movie was based on the story of John Wojtowicz. It keeps the basic facts of what happened, according to the Life article "The Boys in the Bank". According to the article, Wojtowicz, along with Sal Naturile, held up a Chase Manhattan Bank branch in Brooklyn, New York on August 22, 1972.
After being arrested, Wojtowicz was convicted in court and sentenced to twenty years in prison. He served six years.
Wojtowicz wrote a letter to The New York Times in 1975. He said the movie was not completely true. He said the way his ex-wife was shown was not accurate. He also said there was not a talk with his mother. He did say Al Pacino and Chris Sarandon's portrayals of him and his boyfriend Ernest Aron were good. Also, Sal was 18 years old, but is played by a 39-year-old.
Wojtowicz died of cancer in January 2006.
Awards[change | change source]
- Best Picture (Martin Bregman and Martin Elfand)
- Best Director (Sidney Lumet)
- Best Actor in a Leading Role (Al Pacino)
- Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Chris Sarandon)
- Best Film Editing (Dede Allen)
- Best Motion Picture – Drama
- Best Director – Motion Picture (Sidney Lumet)
- Best Motion Picture Actor – Drama (Al Pacino)
- Best Screenplay – Motion Picture (Frank Pierson)
- Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture (Charles Durning)
- Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture (John Cazale)
- Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture – Male (Chris Sarandon)
The movie won other awards, including an NBR Award for Best Supporting Actor (Charles Durning) and a Writers Guild Award for Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen (Frank Pierson) as well as the British Academy Award for Best Actor (Al Pacino). It was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay.
References[change | change source]
- "Dog Day Afternoon, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=dogdayafternoon.htm. Retrieved January 22, 2012.
- "The Boys in the Bank" by P.F. Kluge and Thomas Moore for Life, September 22, 1972, Vol. 73(12).
- Lumet, Sidney. Dog Day Afternoon, feature commentary
- Bank robber wins parole
- Real Dog Day hero tells his story by John Wojtowicz from Jump Cut, no. 15, 1977, pp. 31–32. Retrieved March 13, 2007
- Awards for Dog Day Afternoon for IMDb. Retrieved April 24, 2006.
- "25 new titles added to National Film Registry". Yahoo News (Yahoo). December 30, 2009. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091230/ap_en_mo/us_classic_films_glance. Retrieved December 30, 2009.[dead link]