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Dog Day Afternoon

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Original title
Dog Day Afternoon
Running time
120 min.
United States United States
Frank Pierson. Article: P.F. Kluge, Thomas Moore. Book: Leslie Waller
Victor J. Kemper
Warner Bros., Artists Entertainment Complex
Drama. Thriller | Crime. Heist Film. Cop Movies. Based On A True Story
Synopsis / Plot
Based upon a real-life story that happened in the early seventies in which the Chase Manhattan Bank in Flatbush, Brooklyn, was held siege by a gay bank robber determined to steal enough money for his male lover to undergo a sex change operation. On a hot summer afternoon, the First Savings Bank of Brooklyn is held up by Sonny and Sal, two down-and-out characters. Although the bank manager and female tellers agree not to interfere with the robbery, Sonny finds that there's actually nothing much to steal, as most of the cash has been picked up for the day. Sonny then gets an unexpected phone call from Police Captain Moretti, who tells him the place is surrounded by the city's entire police force. Having few options under the circumstances, Sonnyo nervously bargains with Moretti, demanding safe escort to the airport and a plane out of the country in return for the bank employees' safety.
1975: Oscar: Best Original Screenplay. 6 Nominations, including Best Picture and Director
1975: Golden Globes: 7 Nominations, including Best Film - Drama
1975: BAFTA Awards: Best Actor (Al Pacino) and Best Editing. 6 Nominations
1975: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1975: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Original Drama Screenplay
1975: San Sebastian Film Festival: Best Actor (Al Pacino)
1975: New York Film Critics Circle: Nom. for Best Actor (Al Pacino) & Sup. Actor (Sarandon)
1975: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Film, Director & Actor (Al Pacino)
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