Based upon a real-life story that happened in the early seventies in which the Chase Manhattan Bank in Flatbush, Brooklyn, was held siege by a gay bank robber determined to steal enough money for his male lover to undergo a sex change operation. On a hot summer afternoon, the First Savings Bank of Brooklyn is held up by Sonny and Sal, two down-and-out characters. Although the bank manager and female tellers agree not to interfere with the robbery, Sonny finds that there’s actually nothing much to steal, as most of the cash has been picked up for the day. Sonny then gets an unexpected phone call from Police Captain Moretti, who tells him the place is surrounded by the city’s entire police force. Having few options under the circumstances, Sonny nervously bargains with Moretti, demanding safe escort to the airport and a plane out of the country in return for the bank employees’ safety. —IMDb
Sidney Lumet (born June 25, 1924) is an American film director, with over 50 films to his name, including 12 Angry Men (1957), Serpico (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982), all of which, except for Serpico (1973), earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Director.
According to The Encyclopedia of Hollywood, Lumet is one of the most prolific directors of the modern era making more than one movie per year on average since his directorial debut in 1957. He is especially noted for his ability to draw major actors to his projects. “Because of his visual economy, strong direction of actors, vigorous storytelling and use of the camera to accent themes,” states Turner Classic Movies. “Lumet produced a body of work that could only be defined as extraordinary.”
One of his steady themes during his career has been the “fragility of justice and the police and their corruption,” according to Thomson’s Biographical Dictionary of Film. He can deliver… read more
Anatomy of a crime: lean, methodical storytelling, with such precision and economy from the first frame that it’s impossible not to be sucked in by its account instantly; just as instant is its unravelling, and descent into farce - as claustrophobic as 12 Angry Men, while directly presaging the circus sideshow of Network. Between this, Serpico and practically everything else, post-'Nam, sweltering New York truly was Lumet’s town.
Un colpo in banca dai risvolti tragicomici.Ma questo bellissimo film di Lumet è molto di più perchè viene posto l'accento su diverse novità della società USA degli anni '70:il terzo sesso,l'esagerazione delle operazioni di polizia,la privacy personale corrotta,la voglia di esibizionismo della gente comune,l'eccessiva intromissione della TV.Applausi per Lumet,discreto e perfetto nella regia, e per un Pacino mattatore.
"Sidney Lumet, a director who preferred the streets of New York to the back lots of Hollywood and whose stories of conscience — 12 Angry
Instead of writing again a very long and straight review, I’d like to jot down ten thoughts just off the top of my head concerning this exquisite movie:
1) Watching this film will change forever… read review
Short version: Sydney Lumet was a fantastic director, Pacino is brilliant in this, and the story is intensely engaging in creating a suspenseful environment and excellent portrayal of this true story… read review