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ajmacrae's avatar


One of my favourite facts about the film is that Sonny, (in real life), watched the Godfather for some ideas before committing the actual robbery. So in quite the twist of fate, it would be Pacino that portrays him in the film.
Amazing how life works out like that
6 years 7 months ago
duckus's avatar


This film is simply incredible and probably the best proof of what a fantastic actor Pacino is.
8 years 1 month ago
dchauvin's avatar


I would've said that the writing was borderline ridiculous, however it is based on a true story, which I guess makes it instead an interesting and genuine insight into extreme human behaviour. Although, as with Network, I didn't really engage with the film to a great extent, it did have some moments of poignancy (particular the ending - spoiler). Lumet has a strange ability to produce acting performances of an almost surreal nature in an entirely plausible manner (the crowd cheering on a bank robber/hostage taker; and the whole gay side-marriage situation, which was particularly nice to see from Al Pacino), which is certainly provocative, and provides for a more refreshing film experience than many modern heist flicks. Further, when a large proportion of films in the genre aim to showcase the ingenuity of the criminal, it's pleasant to see an incompetent and thoroughly human bad guy/good guy protagonist. It's testimony to Pacino's performance that not once throughout watching did I question the moral correctness of my endearment to Sonny as the good guy.
6 years 8 months ago
Eva1986's avatar


Amazing... Pacino is such an excellent actor!!!
7 years 10 months ago
seithscott's avatar


Great movie, Pacino and the supporting cast are brilliant. Lumet is a genius.
7 years 9 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


Sidney Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon tells the true but outrageous story of John "Sonny" Wojtowicz, an inept bank robber who managed to capture America's attention when a bungled robbery and subsequent hostage situation became a media circus in the early 70s. Al Pacino's Sonny isn't a villain - his reasons for committing a crime are desperate and noble - but he IS a fool. So it's definitely to Pacino's credit that he makes him endearing and sympathetic, while never quite letting him off the hook. He's a real pill, no matter his motivations. Pacino's roles so often seem like they are in control of their situations (until they aren't) that it's fun to see him subvert his screen persona. Lumet choreographs these true events with a lot of skill, and treats his subject as a tragi-comedy filled with no-nonsense New Yorkers who don't take crap from anyone, not even cops or robbers. It amuses but manages a certain seriousness too, and as a story, carries a lot of surprises and pathos.
11 months 2 weeks ago
rainy's avatar


Just coming here to say like everybody else that Al Pacino is amazing
4 years 2 months ago
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Joker of Gotham

Fantastic movie, I love movies that are based on true events and this one is not an exception.The voice of Al Pacino in this movie reminds me of Adam Sandler for some reason.
5 years 8 months ago
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Big A2

@humorme: IMDb changes the genre of a movie sometimes, it's usually for the best.
7 years 3 months ago
Dieguito's avatar


Awesome movie, the action feels real!!
7 years 6 months ago
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7 years 7 months ago
thetallguyinthecorner's avatar


A fantastic screenplay, organic characters, and a meticulous approach to overall presentation. Brilliant! 10/10
7 years 10 months ago
hilariousity's avatar


This movie is incredible.
7 years 11 months ago
arunraj's avatar


Alpacino thats it
8 years ago
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George Bailey

Fantastic movie, and I do think that there are some hilarious scenes!
8 years 2 months ago

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