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.

FADE IN:

EXT. ELECTRIC SIGN

It FILLS THE SCREEN (designed to exactly FILL THE FRAME size

of whatever ratio we're shooting in). It says:

2:
51

This message will be a little cryptic to the movie audience

on an essentially BLACK SCREEN. HOLD for a beat, then it

changes:
the lights flash this sign, which should explain it

to everyone:

94°

And a slow distant ROLL OF THUNDER in the far distance; now

the SOUND of media begin to come up loud, under:

EXT. FLATBUSH AVENUE - DAY

LONG SHOT down the Avenue, 400 mm lens, heat waves shimmering,

thousands of old people, and people with children in strollers

moving restlessly about in the heat on those endless miles

of benches.

The SHOT is ON SCREEN only for a beat or two, then gone...

SOUND TRACK COMES FROM A THOUSAND TRANSISTOR RADIOS, TV SETS,

AUTO RADIOS, BLENDED IN THE OPEN AIR...

RADIO ANNOUNCER 1 (V.O.)

...the situation continued tense in

the Middle East today, as...

EXT. SHEA STADIUM (TV CLIP) - DAY

An unnamed player swings and hits a high pop up...

ANNOUNCER 2 (V.O.)

...hits a high inside pitch foul

into the upper stands...

ANGLE ON CROWD:

as the ball comes down they scramble and fight for it...

A touch of viciousness...

ANNOUNCER 3 (V.O.)

...B-52's meanwhile, unleashed the

heaviest bombing of the war...

EXT. MOVIE HOUSE TO MACDONALD'S - DAY

We are SEEING HEIDI, though we don't know it yet - she's

just another pretty 175-pound Italian girl with two kids,

KIMMY, JIMMY, about four and five years old. Right now she

is a lump of browning flesh, shining with oil among rows of

similar ladies (mostly thinner, but all with a certain

unhealthy softness about them) laid out in rows and groups

across the sand. SHOOT LOW AND LONG, so heat shimmers rise,

as though the heat were baking the oil out of this mob,

visible suntan oil pollution... Heidi's transistor blasts

ROCK MUSIC into the air.

LYRICS (OVER)

(Roberta Flack)

REVEREND LEE, SHE SAID, LORD KNOWS I

LOVE YOU, REVEREND LEE - DO IT TO ME

(etc., etc.)

ANNOUNCER 3 (V.O.)

...the American High Command announced

the famed 25th Cavalry Division would

be coming home! The 25th Cavalry,

long since afoot, hardened in battle

in the jungles of World War II...

FAR DISTANT THUNDER ROLLS...

INT/EXT. SONNY'S CAR - STREET - DAY

It is parked in a drab Brooklyn street. Beside the car stands

SAL, medium height, also good-looking in an intense boyish

way. His eyes dart about suspiciously, the ever-watchful

Sal.

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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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