Dog Day Afternoon

Title: Dog Day Afternoon
Year: 1975
Director: Sidney Lumet
Writer: Frank Pierson, based on an article by P.F. Kluge & Thomas Moore
Starring: Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning, Chris Sarandon
Music: none (except for an Elton John song over the opening credits)
Distinctions: Oscar for Best Original Screenplay; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Pacino), Best Supporting Actor (Sarandon) and Best Editing; currently #164 on IMDb’s Top 250
Length: 125 minutes
Synopsis: inept bank robbers end up taking hostages
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), February 2009
Subjective Rating: 8/10 9/10
Objective Rating: 10/10 c. 3.9/4 (Great)

Continuously suspenseful, but also a lot of fun. Al Pacino plays a likable character for once, which is nice. Sidney Lumet is, apparently, awesome.


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