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Parents' Guide to

Dog Day Afternoon

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Classic 1970s bank heist drama has swearing and violence.

Movie R 1975 125 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+

Pretty Good, crime film

Violence isn't really to bad in this film one character gets shot in the head and it's kind of tense but there's nothing except language, there's about 34 f words, and a few uses of sh*t, b*tch, damn, ass, hell, etc. One of the characters needs money for his wife's sex change operation some kids and parents may not like this and may feel uncomfortable but it's only really spoken about in the beginning.
age 10+

Some Violence, Language

My 10 year old didn't seem to really care that the plot includes the theme that the main bank robber is robbing it because he needs money for his wife's sex change operation. This isn't really a main theme and it isn't brought up to much. There is a lot of f-bombs and a bit of violence, I think commonsense media got the violence part right giving it a 3/5, there's one shooting in the head and a few people held a gunpoint but not shot at. Either way it's a great film, pretty interesting and entertaining, kids should enjoy it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (2 ):

A dizzying mix of crime drama, satire, and true story, this cinematic classic has lost none of its impact since its original release in 1975 and subsequent Oscar win for best original screenplay. Dog Day Afternoon finds a peak-era Pacino brimming with nervous energy as Sonny, a self-righteous but articulate bank robber whose motives are revealed to be far more compassionate than what first appears.

Inspired by the real-life case of 1972 first-time criminal John Wojtowicz, the stressful standoff between Sonny and the police re-creates real TV footage of the original heist gone wrong. Along the way, the movie's deft comedic and dramatic touches heighten the humanity of all the characters involved, while Sonny's scathing distrust of the press, the police, and U.S. labor laws highlights problems that persist today. This remains a boiling-hot, blisteringly tense two hours of must-see cinema.

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