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Dog Day Afternoon
Rated R
A hot summer day in New York - August 1972. Slow news. No action. Suddenly in Brooklyn, a pair of wildly inept bank robbers, one of whom is attempting to raise the money for his male lover's sex change operation - see the robbery blow up in their faces. Pinned down in the bank, they try to barter their way out by using the tellers and bank manager as hostages . in short order the robbery and kidnapping have become a citywide media event and the bank men themselves have been trapped in a grotesque carnival of death and comedy. Based on real events, and shot with withering humanity and intensity, this may be Sidney Lumet's best movie; its the sort of subject you don't think can work until you see it - and then you realize what rich material it really is. All the acting is excellent, and I'm especially fond of one scene; the sidewalk yelling match between Al Pacino as Sonny and Charles Durning as Officer Morelli.
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