Dog Day Afternoon

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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 Wortzik

  • 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!


  • 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!


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

Sonny: I don't wanna talk to some flunky pig tryin' to calm me, man.
Det. Moretti: Now you don't have to be calling me pig for...
Sonny: [notices other officers moving toward him] What is he doin'?
Det. Moretti: [shouts at officers] Will you get back there?!
Sonny: What are you movin' in there for?!
Det. Moretti: [runs toward closing officers] Will you get the fuck back there?! Get back there, will ya?!
Sonny: [addresses other cops moving toward him] What's he doin'? 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!
[the crowd cheers]
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: I'm robbing a bank because they got money here. That's why I'm robbing it.
Anchorman: No, what I mean is why do you feel you have to steal for money? Couldn't you get a job?
Sonny: 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.
Anchorman: What about non-union occupations?
Sonny: 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?
Anchorman: Well I'm here to talk to you, Sonny...
Sonny: Well I'm talking to you. We're entertainment, right? What do you got for us?
Anchorman: Well, what do you want to get for it? Do you expect to be paid because...
Sonny: 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.
Anchorman: Sonny, you could give up.
Sonny: Give up? Right. Have you ever been in prison?
Anchorman: No!
Sonny: 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?
Anchorman: Sorry, this has been interrupted.
Sonny: Hey, what the fuck happened?
Mulvaney: I guess he didn't appreciate your use of language.
Sonny: Fuck him.

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

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

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

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

Agent Sheldon: I want them all.
Sonny: I want to talk to Leon.
Agent Sheldon: I want to come in, and see if everybody's okay.
Sonny: 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.

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


  • 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 22, 1972, everything did.


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