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Dog Day Afternoon (1975)


Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

After a bank in Brooklyn was robbed in 1972, a LIFE magazine article was written which later provided the inspiration for this particular movie.

The movie was released in 1975, not long after the robbery itself took place.

After a bank robbery goes wrong and Sonny, Sal and Stevie only find a little over $1,000 in the safe, a terrifying afternoon of kidnap and demands ensues.

Starring the legendary Al Pacino, this is a must-see for any true crime fans.

Lumet’s success continued with Network (1976), an enthusiastically received drama that satirized the television industry and predicted the rise of entertainment news. It centres on an unbalanced newscaster (Peter Finch), whose on-air cry of “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore” causes a sensation. Lumet, who thrived when working with a New York City locale, helped three of his actors—Finch, Faye Dunaway, and Beatrice Straight—win Oscars for their performances. Other Academy Award nominations included best picture and script (Paddy Chayefsky). In addition, Lumet received another Oscar nod for his direction. On the heels of these back-to-back hits, Lumet made Equus (1977), which Peter Shaffer adapted from his Broadway hit about a psychiatrist who is asked to treat a young man who is obsessed with horses. Some complained that the film literalized the play’s highly stylized symbolism, robbing the drama of much of its impact. However, Lumet’s unique rapport with the performers elicited Oscar-nominated performances by Richard Burton (as the psychiatrist) and Peter Firth (as the disturbed youth). Lumet then ventured into musicals with The Wiz (1978), an adaptation of the all-black-cast play based on The Wizard of Oz. Despite an all-star lineup—which included Diana Ross as Dorothy, Michael Jackson as the scarecrow, Lena Horne as the good witch Glinda, and Richard Pryor as the Wiz—the movie was universally panned.

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