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Dog Day Afternoon

Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 film about two crooks trying to rob a bank, but ended up turning the robbery into a circus.

Directed by Sidney Lumet. Written by Frank Pierson.
The robbery should have taken 10 minutes. 4 hours later, the bank was like a circus sideshow. 8 hours later, it was the hottest thing on live TV. 12 hours later, it was history. And it's all true.

Sonny WortzikEdit

  • All right, freeze! Nobody move!
  • [to the hostages] Alright, it's the FBI, so nobody give your real name.
  • [to Salvatore "Sal" Naturile] That's all they're interested in - it's a freak show to them. I can't control it, Sal - let 'em say what they want. Forget it. It don't matter.
  • You know I can call anybody, they'd put it on the phone? The Pope, an astronaut, the wisest of the wise... Who do I have to call?
  • [to his mother] I'm a fuck-up and I'm an outcast! If you get near me you're gonna get it- you're gonna get fucked over and fucked out!
  • [to Detective Sergeant Eugene Moretti] Bank robbing is a federal offense. You got me on kidnapping, armed robbery. You're gonna bury me, man!

OthersEdit

  • Maria's Boyfriend: He's got my girl in there! Maria!
  • Leon: He won't listen to anybody. He's been very crazy all summer. Since June he's been trying to kill me.
  • Pizza Boy: I'm a fucking star!

DialogueEdit

Sonny Wortzik: Hey, wait a minute, what are you trying to do? Trip the alarm? Use the spar key?
Mulvaney: It must have been on my mind.
Sonny Wortzik: Well, you'll get your mind right. I'm a Catholic, and I don't want to hurt anybody, understand?
Mulvaney: Yes, sir.
Sonny Wortzik: No alarms! No alarms!
Mulvaney: Okay.
Sonny Wortzik: No games, alright? Use the other one.

Sonny Wortzik: I don't wanna talk to some flunky pig trying to calm me, man.
Detective Sergeant Eugene Moretti: Now you don't have to be calling me pig for...
Sonny Wortzik: [Notices other officers moving toward him] What is he doing?
Detective Sergeant Eugene Moretti: [shouts at officers] Will you get back there!
Sonny Wortzik: What are you moving in there for?
Detective Sergeant Eugene Moretti: [Runs toward closing officers] Will you get the fuck back there! Get back there will you!
Sonny Wortzik: [Addresses other officers moving toward him] What's he doing? Go back there man! He wants to kill me so bad he can taste it! Huh? Attica! Attica! Attica! Attica! Attica! Attica! Attica! Attica! Attica! Attica!
[Yells it too cheering crowd]
Sonny: Attica! Attica! Remember Attica!
Note: the line in bold ranked #86 in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema.

Sonny Wortzik: I'm robbing a bank because they got money here. That's why I'm robbing it.
TV Anchorman: No, what I mean is why do you feel you have to steal for money? Couldn't you get a job?
Sonny Wortzik: Uh, no. Doing what? You know if you want a job you've got to be a member of a union. See, and if you got no union card you don't get a job.
TV Anchorman: What about non-union occupations?
Sonny Wortzik: What's wrong with this guy? What do you mean non-union, like what? A bank teller? You know how much a bank teller makes a week? Not much. A hundred and fifteen to start, right? Now are you going to live on that? A got a wife and a couple of kids, how am I going to live on that? What do you make a week?
TV Anchorman: Well I'm here to talk to you, Sonny...
Sonny Wortzik: Well I'm talking to you. We're entertainment, right? What do you got for us?
TV Anchorman: Well what do you want to get for it? Do you expect to be paid because...
Sonny Wortzik: No, I don't want to be paid, I don't need to be paid. Look, I'm here with my partner and nine other people, see. And we're dying, man. You know? You're going to see our brains on the sidewalk, they're going to spill our guts out. Now are you going to show that on television? Have all your housewives look at that? Instead of As the World Turns? I mean what do you got for me? I want something for that.
TV Anchorman: Sonny, you could give up.
Sonny Wortzik: Give up? Right. Have you ever been in prison?
TV Anchorman: No!
Sonny Wortzik: No! Well let's talk about something you fucking know about, okay? How much do you make a week? That's what I want to hear. Are you going to talk to me about that?
TV: Sorry, this has been interrupted...
Sonny Wortzik: Hey, what the fuck happened?
Mulvaney: I guess he didn't appreciate your use of language.
Sonny Wortzik: Fuck him.

Sonny Wortzik: So, Sal, Where do you want to go?
Salvatore "Sal" Naturile: Wyoming.
Sonny Wortzik: Sal, Wyoming, that's not a country.

Sonny Wortzik: [after being attacked by Maria's boyfriend] Who the fuck is that?!
Detective Sergeant Eugene Moretti: I don't know. He-he's one of the Spanish kids.
Sonny Wortzik: Who's Maria?
Detective Sergeant Eugene Moretti: They got her inside.

Detective Sergeant Eugene Moretti: Hey, man, I'm sorry.
Sonny Wortzik: How'd that happened?
Detective Sergeant Eugene Moretti: They got his girlfriend in there. You know the Spanish.

Sonny Wortzik: Kiss me, man.
Detective Sergeant Eugene Moretti: What?
Sonny Wortzik: Kiss me. When I'm being fucked, I like to get kissed a lot.

Agent Sheldon: I want them all.
Sonny Wortzik: I want to talk to Leon.
Agent Sheldon: I want to come in, and see if everybody's okay.
Sonny Wortzik: You got guts. You think if Sal and me have cut their throats we're gonna let you out?
Agent Sheldon: I have to see.

Salvatore "Sal" Naturile: Tell the TV to stop saying there's two homosexuals in here.
Agent Sheldon: I will, Sal.

TaglinesEdit

  • The robbery should have taken 10 minutes. 4 hours later, the bank was like a circus sideshow. 8 hours later, it was the hottest thing on live TV. 12 hours later, it was history. And it's all true.
  • The robbery should have taken 10 minutes. 4 hours later, the bank was like a circus sideshow. 8 hours later, it was the hottest thing on live T.V. 12 hours later, it was history. And it's all true.
  • In August, 1972, Sonny Wortzik robbed a bank. 250 cops, the F.B.I., 8 hostages and 2,000 onlookers will never forget what took place.
  • Nobody could dream him up. His incredible bank robbery is all the more bizarre... because it's true.
  • The robbery should have taken 10 minutes. Eight hours later, it was the hottest thing on live TV. And it's all true.
  • The Most Bizarre Bank Siege Ever
  • Anything can happen during the dog days of summer. On August 22nd, 1972, everything did.

CastEdit