Dog Day Afternoon script
Synopsis: When inexperienced criminal Sonny Wortzik (Al Pacino) leads a bank robbery in Brooklyn, things quickly go wrong, and a hostage situation develops. As Sonny and his accomplice, Sal Naturile (John Cazale), try desperately to remain in control, a media circus develops and the FBI arrives, creating even more tension. Gradually, Sonny's surprising motivations behind the robbery are revealed, and his standoff with law enforcement moves toward its inevitable end.

There is a watchful reserve in Sal that contrasts to Sonny's

outgoing bounciness: first impression is Sonny is all bark;

Sal is the bite. Sal is dressed in impressive blue suit

style, he looks like a kid trying to impress the Godfather.

He even wears a hat. Now, matching Sal's preparations inside

the car, he checks his tie's alignment, shoots his cuffs and

is ready...

Meanwhile, on their car radio:

ELTON JOHN:

(Amoreena)

AND SHE DREAMS OF CRYSTAL STREAMS OF

DAYS GONE BY WHEN WE COULD LEAN

LAUGHING FIT TO BURST UPON EACH

OTHER...

ANOTHER ANGLE BY CAR

As he turns, from the back of the car, JACKIE appears with a

huge florist box, tied with ribbon. Jackie is an eighteen

year old with bad complexion and in contrast to Sonny and

Sal is dressed in teenage sloppiness. Adidas, T-shirt,

bowling jacket, jeans. He is uncertain: waits for directions

from Sonny. Sonny takes the florist box from him.

We see a water truck drive down the street, followed by

Sonny's car, which drives up near bank. It stops, Jackie

gets out, crosses to bank window, peers through, then

ANGLE INSIDE CAR

returns to car. Leans in, has fake conversation with Sonny.

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Frank Pierson

Frank Romer Pierson (May 12, 1925 – July 22, 2012) was an American screenwriter and film director. more…

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