On a hot Brooklyn afternoon, two optimistic losers set out to rob a bank. Sonny (Pacino) is the mastermind, Sal (Cazale) is the follower, and disaster is the result. Because the cops, crowds, TV cameras and even the pizza man have arrived. The "well-planned" heist is now a circus. Al Pacino is gripping as the indecisive man in charge, and the reason he robs a bank turns out to be a real surprise. The film is also a fascinating insight into how television news made a spectacle of tragedy.
Won: Best Writing, 1976 Academy Awards; Best Actor (Pacino), Best Film Editing, 1976 BAFTA Awards
DOG DAY AFTERNOON is, in the whole as well as the parts, film-making at its best.