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Dog Day Afternoon

Dog Day Afternoon
Dog Day Afternoon
Dog Day Afternoon
  • R
  • 2h 9m
  • 1975
Certified Fresh96%
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Academy Award Winner Al Pacino robs a bank to pay for a sex-change operation for his lover, Leon (Chris Sarandon). Based on a true story. On one of the hottest days of August 1972, three amateur bank robbers plan to hold up a Brooklyn bank. A nice simple robbery: Walk in, take the money, and run. Unfortunately, the supposedly uncomplicated heist suddenly becomes a bizarre nightmare as everything that could go wrong does.
© 1975 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh96%
Critics Consensus: Framed by great work from director Sidney Lumet and fueled by a gripping performance from Al Pacino, Dog Day Afternoon offers a finely detailed snapshot of people in crisis with tension-soaked drama shaded in black humor.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Classic 1970s bank heist drama has swearing and violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dog Day Afternoon is a vintage 1970s bank robbery drama -- based on a real event -- starring Al Pacino and containing strong language throughout with some threat. Typically for the period, social issues lie at the heart of what motivates the characters. Bank robber Sonny (Pacino) criticizes social inequality, which he claims is caused by both unbridled capitalism and controlling labor unions. His motivation for the robbery is subsequently revealed to be for compassionate reasons, rather than simply to steal money for himself. A gay, transgender character is integral to the plot. There is some discussion of this, and characters express homophobic and misogynistic views. The threat of violence is constant, but very little is shown on-screen. The bank robbers use guns to intimidate and make death threats, but they also make clear their intent to not harm anyone. Most of the on-screen violence consists of scuffles between characters, with some minor injuries sustained. There are also some instances of gunfire as the situation slowly escalates. Swearing features throughout, in the context of characters becoming angry, stressed, and anxious as Sonny and his accomplice Sal's (John Cazale) standoff with the police intensifies. Characters smoke cigarettes, partly to alleviate the stress of their situation. They also talk about drinking to manage stress. Various mental health issues are discussed in regards to drinking and prescription drug use.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:September 21, 1975
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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