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.

They are waiting. Sonny checks his watch, turns to Sal in

back seat:


30 seconds, Sal...

They wait. At appropriate moment, Sal exits car, walks toward

bank. Slowly Sonny gets out.


A slightly seedy little branch bank, old yellow brick, blond

varnished wood, a rubber plant, an American flag. Through

the windows we SEE HOWARD, the aged black bank guard, in

uniform, taking down the American flag from outside. Past

him comes Sal carrying an attache case. He passes Howard

coming toward us through the door into the bank. As he passes



as it CLICKS from 2:57 to 2:58 PM.


as he moves toward the left-hand deposit-slips desks.

He picks out a car-loan application slip, then walks toward

the manager's desk (as the sign on the desk proclaims) of

PATRICK MULVANEY. Sal sits down, his back to Mulvaney, facing

the front door of the bank. Mulvaney is on the phone.


as Sonny bustles through in his bouncy dancer's walk. He

carries the large florist box. He moves toward the left-

hand deposit-slips desks, takes one out and begins to fill

one out.


as he pulls out the keys, attached to the belt of his uniform.

Jackie approaches the door of the bank and stops, neither in

nor out, as though he can't make up his mind. Howard watches

him, waiting patiently, keys in hand, folded flag under his


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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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