“One of Sidney Lumet’s best jobs of directing and one of Al Pacino’s best performances (as a bisexual bank robber) come together in a populist thriller with lots of New York juice.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Stella’s ’70’s-savvy staff pick is based on a true story about a Brooklyn bank robbery gone haywire one hot August day comes a gripping, funny Oscar-winning movie capturing star Al Pacino and director Sidney Lumet at the top of their game.
A desperate and crazed man (Pacino in his Oscar-nominated role), with the help of an accomplice (John Cazale), takes a local Brooklyn bank hostage with plans to rob it in order to pay for his lover’s sex-change operation. Lumet also picked up a “Best Director” nod).
Director: Sidney Lumet. Cast: Al Pacino, John Cazale, Carol Kane, Charles Durning
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