José Bracho Egu’s review published on Letterboxd:
DOG DAY AFTERNOON is recognized as one of the most important movies of the seventies. Directed by the great filmmaker Sidney Lumet, this great American classic is based on the true story of a bank robbery in the outskirts of Brooklyn. The event attracted public opinion and was a great media circus.
Al Pacino plays Sonny, the main bank robber who captivated New Yorkers with his charisma and personality, who turns into something of an anti-hero. On the other hand, John Cazale plays the second robber. Several important actors of the eighties and nineties began their careers with this feature film such as Chris Sarandon (in an important and significant role) and Lance Henriksen, as a police officer.
DOG DAY AFTERNOON is not your typical bank robbery film. It sets itself apart from others because of its realism and the background of the story, which is as fascinating as the robbery itself.
The film received several Academy Award nominations; among them Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor for Pacino and Best Supporting Actor for Sarandon; and won the Oscar in the category of Best Adapted Screenplay.