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.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min


If anybody gets up,

they're dead.

Anybody moves, they're dead.

Anybody makes a sound

before I leave this movie,

they're fucking dead.

My name is John S. Wojtowicz.

You can call me The Dog

because that's my nickname.

Hi. I'm Jeanne Parr,

and this is John Wojtowicz.

Right now, he's in jail.

It was 5 1/2 years ago

when he attempted

to rob a Brooklyn bank

to get money

for his lover's

sex change operation.

They made a movie about John.

It's called "Dog Day Afternoon,"

and Al Pacino

played the part of John.

This is John's lover Liz Eden,

who wanted

that sex change operation.

Well, she got it, and today

she's living happily as a woman.

John is still in jail,

and we'll reveal

for the first time in

my exclusive interview with him,

his side of this very dramatic

love story.

So stay with us. We're live.

That's the abbreviated version.

OK. The reason I call myself

a pervert

is that I'm sexually oriented.

It's very easy because you

got to look at it this way.

Most people drink.

Most people smoke.

A lot of people do drugs,

and they have sex.

So they have all

these outlets, OK?

I don't smoke. I don't drink.

I don't do drugs.

I don't gamble.

So I'm an angel... ha ha!...

but I got horns,

OK, and the trouble is,

when you got horns,

you only can do one thing, OK.

And that's f*ck.

I consider myself a romantic.

There's sex, and there's love.

I'm a lover.

When I met Ernie

for the first time,

it was love at first sight,

and because I loved him,

on August 22, 1972,

I had to do something.

All in all,

August 22, 1972,

was a summer day just like

any other summer day...

hot, humid, with everyone

trying to get a bit of relief

from the oppressive

heat and humidity,

and then it happened.

At 2:
58 P.M. that afternoon,

two men entered a bank

in Brooklyn

and began what turned out to be

the most sensational,

most bizarre,

most unbelievable bank robbery

in the history of crime,

and before they were through,

what should have been

an ordinary bank robbery

turned into a 3-ring circus.

[People shouting]


Nobody would ever did

what I did.

Nobody would ever rob a bank

to cutoff a guy's dick to give

him a sex change operation.

That's why they made

a movie about it.

You know something, people?

You're gonna be remembered

the rest of your

lives for the day

you got held up and kidnapped.

We made history here.

We did it.

AI Pacino.

A true story.


What you got to understand

is that in my lifetime,

I have had 4 wives.

I also have 23 girlfriends

because, remember,

I'm a pervert.

They all know each other

because I'm like Prudential.

I'm the rock, OK,

and I give a piece of myself

to everybody,

and you go,

"How can you do that?"

I says, because, idiot...

it's very simple...

you can love

more than one person.

One of

the strangest hijack attempts

to date began when two gunmen

held up a bank

in Brooklyn, New York.

The gunmen got $29,000,

but before they could leave,

police moved in,

and the bank robbers

seized 8 hostages.

With his partner inside

pointing a shotgun

at 8 employees, the other robber

spent much of his time

pacing outside the bank,

either negotiating with police

or screaming at them

to back off.

Police, in turn,

tried to keep the pressure down

by ordering the hundreds

of spectators to move.

All right, fellas.

You got to move back.

The more visible

bank robber

is 27-year old John Wojtowicz,

an out-of-work

New York City resident

and an admitted homosexual

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