Dog Day Afternoon

Lists: Drama, Thriller, Crime / Heist, Best Picture nominee 1970 to 1979, Classics

Brief Synopsis: "A young man attempts to rob a bank in Brooklyn and immediately finds himself in over his head, with a prolonged hostage situation inside the bank and a media circus outside."

Overall Ranking: 221 (Rank from 1975: # 3)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 70%
Regular 30%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Sober Film Critic James Brown100(full review)
David Baruffi97(full review)
Morgan On Media97(full review)
Dan O'Neill90(full review)
Thomas Pollock90
Jim Carrier89 - If someone else played Sonny, this movie easily could've been a flop. Because this true story of Sonny Wortzik was played by the great Al Pacino he made this movie a classic. Pacino's ability to hide the secrets of the movie until the right moments, this movie boomed in 1975 & continues to be talked about almost 40 years later.
Cinephile Catherine88
Nathan Adams and the Temple Of Reviews80(full review)
Jay of Life Vs Film80(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest67

People Involved

  • Al Pacino (Sonny)
  • John Cazale (Sal)
  • Charles Durning (Det. Sgt. Eugene Moretti)
  • Chris Sarandon (Leon)
  • James Broderick (Sheldon)
  • William Bogert (TV Anchorman)
  • Penelope Allen (Sylvia)
  • Sully Boyar (Mulvaney)
  • Beulah Garrick (Margaret)
  • Carol Kane (Jenny)
  • Sandra Kazan (Deborah)
  • Marcia Jean Kurtz (Miriam)
  • Amy Levitt (Maria)
  • John Marriott (Howard)
  • Estelle Omens (Edna)
  • Gary Springer (Stevie)
  • Carmine Foresta (Carmine)
  • Lance Henriksen (Murphy)
  • Sidney Lumet (Director)