Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 film directed by Sidney Lumet and written
by Frank Pierson. The film stars Al Pacino, John Cazale, Chris
Sarandon, and Charles Durning. Based on the events of an attempted
bank robbery in 1972, Dog Day Afternoon tells the story of Sonny
Wortzik, who holds employees of a bank hostage with his partner
Salvatore Naturile in Brooklyn, New York. The film was inspired by
article The Boys in the Bank, which tells a similar story of the
robbery of a Brooklyn bank by John Wojtowicz and Salvatore Naturile;
this article was first published in Life in 1972. The film received
generally positive reviews, some of which referred to its
anti-establishment tones. Although it was nominated for major
Dog Day Afternoon won just a sole Academy Award and failed to win a
Golden Globe. Pacino's memorable "ATTICA!" line from the film,
referencing the Attica Prison riots, has become widely quoted, and
#86 on American Film Institute's "100 Years...100 Movie Quotes" list.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
French Revolution: The National Convention voted to abolish the
monarchy, and the First Republic was proclaimed.
According to Joseph Smith, Jr., the angel Moroni appeared to him and
revealed the location of the hidden Golden Plates, which contained
ancient sacred texts of the Book of Mormon.
The Hundred Days' Reform in China was abruptly terminated when
Dowager Cixi forced the reform-minded Guangxu Emperor into
seclusion and took over the government as regent.
J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, a predecessor to The Lord of the
was first published.
The prototype model of the B-29 Superfortress flew for the first
Wikiquote of the day:
Like a bird on the wire, like a drunk in a midnight choir I have
in my way to be free. -- Leonard Cohen