To pay for his pre-op lover’s sex change operation, a man robs a bank in Brooklyn (who ever said the 1970s weren’t progressive?). Based on a true story, Dog Day Afternoon is a must-see, never-forget film. Its director (Sidney Lumet), leading man (Al Pacino), and supporting actor (Chris Sarandon) were beaten out by One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for all of the top awards at the time, but will the verdict be the same 40 years on?
Director: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Al Pacino, Charles Durning, James Broderick, John Cazale
Major nominations on original release : Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director (Sidney Lumet), Best Actor (Al Pacino), Best Supporting Actor (Chris Sarandon); BAFTA nominations for Best Film, Best Actor (Al Pacino - won)See all nominees