Still the standard by which many New York movies are compared, this chronicles a bank robbery gone awry. As motivations are revealed, the robbery turns into a hostage situation and a media circus ensues. Based on a true story.
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My favorite Al Pacino film! One of only 5 films featuring the absolutely brilliant, incredibly sensitive actor's actor, John Cazale, and it may be his best performance. This one and Fredo in The Godfather. With Charles Durning and Chris Sarandon. My favorite line is when Pacino tells cop Durning, who is trying to persuade him to surrender: "Kiss Me. I like to be kissed when I'm getting fucked!"
This is just one of those films I can watch over and over again with increasing appreciation. Only now do I fully understand how masterfully Dede Allen cut this together, not to mention this is my favorite Pacino performance. What I love most about this film is its simplicity (similarly to Lumet's directorial debut "12 Angry Men") -- nothing over the top, just beautiful acting and a human story.