Sidney Lumet’s sweaty 1975 stickup thriller, Dog Day Afternoon, was inspired by the true story of John Wojtowicz, a Vietnam vet who tried to rob a Brooklyn bank to pay for his lover’s sex-change operation. While its star Al Pacino was nominated for an Oscar, Wojtowicz wound up in prison, followed by a harsher sentence (at least to him): obscurity. Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren’s gripping portrait of the self-anointed folk hero paints him as both a fascinating Gump-like character who was on the front lines of the gay liberation movement and a delusional, dying old man searching for one last bit of fame. (Also on iTunes and VOD 8/15) A-
THE DOG John Wojtowicz in front of The Chase Manhattan Bank, which he attempted to rob in 1972
Genre: Documentary; Starring: Liz Eden, George Heath, John Wojtowicz; Director: Allison Berg, Frank Keraudren; Release Date Limited: 08/08/2014; Runtime (in minutes): 101; Distributor: Drafthouse Films
Posted August 8 2014 — 12:00 AM EDT
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