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Dog Day Afternoon

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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
8.24 /10
Al Pacino , Chris Sarandon , John Cazale
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Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Written by: Frank Pierson

Released: 1975
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 130

A young man (Al Pacino, pictured) holds up a bank to pay for his boy-friend's sex-change operation.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Based on real events in 1972, this is a daring mixture of thriller and black comedy, with a sensationally good performance by Al Pacino. Director Sidney Lumet captures the edginess of the people involved and creates an atmosphere of heat and tension; the pity is that he allows the film to go on for too long, and become bogged down in verbiage. The film was quietly revolutionary in its portrayal of the hero's bisexuality. No attempt was made to explain or excuse it; it was simply accepted as a fact.

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