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The Dog Movie

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THE DOG John Wojtowicz in front of The Chase Manhattan Bank, which he attempted to rob in 1972

The Dog

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Joseph O'Neill
publisher:
Pantheon
genre:
Fiction

We gave it an A-

Sidney Lumet’s sweaty 1975 stickup thriller, Dog Day Afternoon, was inspired by the true story of John Wojtowicz, a Vietnam vet who tried to rob a Brooklyn bank to pay for his lover’s sex-change operation. While its star Al Pacino was nominated for an Oscar, Wojtowicz wound up in prison, followed by a harsher sentence (at least to him): obscurity. Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren’s gripping portrait of the self-anointed folk hero paints him as both a fascinating Gump-like character who was on the front lines of the gay liberation movement and a delusional, dying old man searching for one last bit of fame. (Also on iTunes and VOD 8/15) A-