Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
National Film RegistryAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor (Al Pacino)
Academy Award for Best Director (Sidney Lumet)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Dede Allen)
Academy Award for Best Picture (Martin Bregman)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Chris Sarandon)Award details: (details at IMDb)
Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 American crime drama film directed by Sidney Lumet, written by Frank Pierson, and produced by Martin Bregman and Martin Elfand. The film stars Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning, Chris Sarandon, Penelope Allen, James Broderick, Lance Henriksen, and Carol Kane. The title refers to the "sultry dog days of summer". The film was inspired by P.F. Kluge's article "The Boys in the Bank", which tells a similar story of the robbery of a Brooklyn bank by John Wojtowicz and Salvatore Naturale on August 22, 1972. This article was published in Life in 1972. The film received critical acclaim upon its September 1975 release by Warner Bros., some of which referred to its anti-establishment tone. Dog Day Afternoon was nominated for several Academy Awards and Golden Globe awards, and won one Academy Award.