Dog Day Afternoon
USA, 1975, 125 Minute Running Time
Friday July 25th, 9:40pm
Sidney Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon was a hit when it was released in 1975, and it's not hard to see why. Bank robbers make great folk heroes, and this story was based on real events that took place in Brooklyn's Park Slope in August 1972: Two novice bandits entered a bank, took its employees hostage and almost made a getaway via a small jet they'd procured via negotiations with law-enforcement officials. But there was a romantic element to the crime as well: John Wojtowicz (played by Al Pacino) recently married Ernest Aron who desperately wanted a sex-change operation; getting the money for it was Wojtowicz's chief motive for robbing the bank.
DIRECTOR: Sidney Lumet