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Dog Day Afternoon

Dog Day Afternoon is a 1973 film which tells the story of a man who holds a bank full of employees and customers hostage during a failed bank robbery. The man and his friends intend to rob the bank so the man would have the money to pay for his boyfriend's sex-change operation. In real life, the robbery took nine hours; in the film, it took over twelve. The film stars Penelope Allen[?], Al Pacino, Sully Boyar[?], John Cazale[?], Carol Kane, Chris Sarandon and James Broderick[?].

It was adapted by Frank Pierson[?] from a true news article by P.F. Kluge[?] and Thomas Moore. It was directed by Sidney Lumet[?]. The film is shot in a naturalist style and has no musical score. Contrary to popular belief, the film was not shot on location; rather, the film crew rented a warehouse and constructed a bank inside it, allowing the versatility of a studio setting with its "wild walls[?]" as well as the genuine surrounding buildings necessary later in the film.

Dog Day Afternoon won the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay, and was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Al Pacino), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Chris Sarandon), Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Picture.



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