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Uploaded on Jan 17, 2009
Dog day afternoon, the retelling of the real life attempted bank robbery in New York by Sonny Wortzik and his partner Sal remains culturally significant because of the character that was Sonny Wortzik and what he stood for, a desperate man in uneasy times.
Pacino's performance is so brilliant and captivating that you could pick any amount of time and it would be memorable . I decided to stick with this scene as it involves sonny getting the crowd on his side and effectively manipulating the forces. The use of the word attica is important as this revolves around the police mess up that occured their and even though you cant condone sonny's actions, he becomes something of a legendary anti-hero. Pacino makes the character as desperate and intense as possible and whats also easy to see is the exact tension that takes place. You can almost 'cut the air with a knife' as they say.