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Dog Day Afternoon

  R HD Closed Captioning

Sidney Lumet

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Plot Summary

Academy Award winner Al Pacino robs a bank to pay for a sex-change operation for his lover, Leon (Chris Sarandon). Based on a true story. On one of the hottest days of August 1972, three amateur bank robbers plan to hold up a Brooklyn bank. A nice simple robbery: Walk in, take the money, and run. Unfortunately, the supposedly uncomplicated heist suddenly becomes a bizarre nightmare as everything that could go wrong does.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 39
  • Fresh: 37
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 8.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It's beautifully acted by performers who appear to have grown up on the city's sidewalks in the heat and hopelessness of an endless midsummer. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Oct 19, 2015

Fresh: [Pacino] gives an electric performance, charged with a lunatic energy that expertly captures the weird blend of confidence and self-deprecation (if not hatred) that marks the paranoid syndrome. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Oct 19, 2015

Fresh: Dog Day Afternoon is, in the whole as well as the parts, filmmaking at its best. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Lumet is exploring the cliches, not just using them. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Hysterical !!!!

WoW! I'm the very first one to write a review
Of a movie, which was released in 75.
An awesome movie to boot. This one was based on a true story, 2 fumbling said bank robbers "Try" to rob a bank. It's hysterical & fun!
5 stars🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Classic look at 1970s New York

A classic movie that captures the times quite well, featuring Al Pacino at the top of his acting game (no over the top acting here). Based on a true story with memorable characters throughout along with great acting, writing and directing. A must see.

Al Pacino

A must watch for lovers of great acting ,especially for those who have only seen Al Pacino's later movies where he is loud and hammy searching for some piece of writing to chew on. Here ,he is in his prime and what a mesmerizing performance he gives. Great movie!

Dog Day Afternoon
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2014

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