The Dog

Synopsis: Coming of age in the 1960s, John Wojtowicz libido was unrestrained even by the libertine standards of the era, with multiple wives and lovers, both women and men. In August 1972, he attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover's sex-reassignment surgery, resulting in a fourteen-hour hostage situation that was broadcast live on television. Three years later, John was portrayed by Al Pacino as 'Sonny'
Production: Drafthouse Films
  1 win & 4 nominations.
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101 min

who left his wife

and two children 3 years ago.

That day,

I was with my girlfriend

and my two kids

on the beach in Rockaway.

It was a hot, hot day... oh, God...

and I'm listening to the radio,

and I hear,

"an admitted homosexual

has just robbed a bank

in Brooklyn, Avenue P,"

and they said his name

and everything,

and I'm listening to it.

I'm listening to it

at the beach.

I listened to it on the train.

I went home

and watched it on TV.

I'm listening and listening.

I didn't hear Wojtowicz.

I heard John something.

So I says to my girlfriend,

"That sounds like my name,

doesn't it?"

She starts laughing.

We went in the back yard.

We had a barbeque, not realizing

it's Johnny all the time.

[Camera flash pops]


[Hal David and John Cacavas "We May

Never Pass This Way Again" playing]

After I graduated

high school,

I met my female wife

called Carmen Ann. Bifulco.

We may never pass

this way again...

She worked for Chase Manhattan,

as I did.

So we're your friends

at Chase Manhattan.

I was a teller, and it's what

I call love at first sight.

If we never chance

to meet again...

He called me up

to go on a date.

He picked me up with

two other girls, and he says,

"One of you is going to be

my lucky bride in the future."

I thought the guy

was crazy already.

Then we started

talking to each other

and dating, and then,

boom, I got drafted.

I'm a Goldwater Republican,

which means I'm conservative,

which means I'm also

a warmonger,

So I was willing to go

to the war and fight in the war.

[Crowd cheering]

I would

remind you that extremism

in the defense of liberty

is no vice.

[Crowd cheering]

When then I went

to basic training,

that's when I had my first

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