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The DogSidney 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...The DogDocumentaryPT101MSidney 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...2014-08-08Drafthouse Films
THE DOG John Wojtowicz in front of The Chase Manhattan Bank, which he attempted to rob in 1972

THE DOG John Wojtowicz in front of The Chase Manhattan Bank, which he attempted to rob in 1972

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The Dog

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

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-