Dog Day Afternoon
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6 Nominations / 1 Win
Year 1975
Director Sidney Lumet
Writer Frank Pierson 
Starring Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning, James Broadrick, Chris Sarandon
48th Academy Awards

Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 crime drama film directed by Sidney Lumet, written by Frank Pierson, and produced by Martin Bregman. The film stars Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning, Chris Sarandon, Penny Allen, James Broderick, Lance Henriksen, and Carol Kane. The title refers to the "dog days of summer". The film was inspired by P.F. Kluge's article "The Boys in the Bank", this article was published in Life in 1972.




Based on true events, Dog Day Afternoon follows Sonny, a gay first-time crook who decides to steal money from the bank to get his boyfriend's gender changed. He forms a gang and robs a bank on a hot afternoon. However, he finds out there's not much to steal and is surrounded by policemen around the bank. Having few options under the circumstances, Sonny nervously bargins the captain of police, demanding safe escort to the airport and a plane out of the country in return for the bank employees safety.