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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Directed by Sidney Lumet
Starred Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning, Chris Sarandon, James Broderick ...
1975, United States, English

 
Another heist movie based on a true story happened in early seventies. The motive of robbing a bank was pretty different this time: a homosexual young man decides to rob a bank for his lover to help him to undergo a sex-change operation and he suddenly finds himself on national TV and becoming a social and political figure throughout the country.


This robbery movie is pretty unusual, and the one can change your perception of the genre sharply. It throws a critical glance at society's and TV networks` approach towards crimes and criminals, which is almost in a level that popularizes them for the sake of high ratings, while questions the taboos and debates over being victimized. 

While the earlier heist movies tried to remain in ethical borders by sending the robbers home with empty hands or jail in the final, they tried to neutralize the critics who say the audience is forced to associated with the thieves and glorify the criminals. Then this rule has begun to change and the criminal protagonists of the genre begun to end up with loot in success, but the new formula to humanize them was changing their target to somebody corrupted or bad guys, like robbing mafioso or casinos. More and more the heist movies genre began to loose all these concerns but we have seen so few heist with some moral issues. For a kind of good cause, if there is any justification possible. Dog Day Afternoon was one of them and maybe a milestone in the genre.  

A young and impressive Al Pacino is the one who carries the entire film almost all alone sometimes in dramatic, sometimes in a funny dose. For sure, it isn`t a movie for those are looking for an adrenaline packed heist & action movie, but a very interesting experience in the genre and surely considered as a classic.

Won many awards as well as, Best Original Screenplay Oscar, and 5 major Oscar nominations, such as Best Picture, Best Director (Sidney Lumet), Best Editing, Best Actor (Al Pacino) and Best Supporting Actor (Chris Sarandon). 

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If you look for;
a heist movie based on a true story
a heist movie with political arguments
a heist movie considered as classic
an award winner heist movie

then this is your movie.

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If you liked this movie, I believe you might like also:
(available in the blog)

Quick Change (1990)
Le Premier Cercle / Ultimate Heist (2009)
Stander (2003)
Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid (1969)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Thieves Like Us (1974) 
Bande à part / Band of Outsiders (1964)

If you liked this movie, IMDb believes you might like also:
(available in the blog)

Heat (1995)

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Degree: Alternative Theft Movie
Sub-Category: Bank Robbery, Bank Robbers
Excellence of Robbery Plan: 1/5
Originality of Robbery Plan: 1/5
Quality of Robbery Action Scenes: 3/5
Actors' Performances: 4/5
Excitement Level: 3/5
Surprise Level: 3/5
Humor Level: 3/5
Originality of the Story in General: 4/5
Rating As A Robbery/Heist Movie: 3/5
Rating the Movie As A Whole: 4/5

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