Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Rewatching for my The Complete Pacino list.
If this weren’t based on a true story it would be difficult to believe.
Not your usual bank robbers, with a motivation that seems much more ‘now’ than 1975, and with crowd scenes and attitudes that wouldn’t be out of place in the reality TV and social media scrums of today’s news hungry outlets. This is Pacino and Cazale at their very best, and Lumet’s direction makes this one for the all-time greats list.
A complex Pacino performance, with Al being all blustery on the outside and deep on the inside, which we see mostly in those moments where Sonny is thinking, not doing.