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Dog Day Afternoon

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Starring Al Pacino. Directed k by Sidney Lumet. At Area Theatres. fc Al Pacino has got to be the best young ican actor on the screen. To make a statement like that not necessarüy dehes the beliet that the same applies to Dustin Hoffman or Jack Nicholson. All are fine, fine actors and flexible in any role, but there's some- thing unique about Pacino. He manages to find compassion in cold characters so that their actions, good or bad as portrayea ty nim, are always unaerstooa ana jusniiea. tus t'ormances bring you back again and again to see him act in the filrnk Sonny in "Dog Day Afternoon" could only be played by Pacino. He looks, breathes, talks and walks the way Sonny should and probablyB did (the movie is based on an actual robbery in New York City). One of two desperate bank robbers in a standoff with pólice who have caught them in the act of an unsuccessful robbery, Sonny, a little man in size, ïor ine nrsi ume in me is in a powenui manipuiauve poMiiun. b iq He improvises his way through a cave of confusión with trigger happy pólice k surrounding the bank outside and frightened bank hostages hovering together under the watchful eyc of a cold killer nside (John Casáis). Repudiated at a time of urgencyk by those who are supposed to love him, Sonny makes the ultímate decisión to negotiate foi a jet plañe escape for him and the ex-con partner, who thinks Wyoming is a country. The movie isn'f grcat, just damn good, mainJy because of the factual material it's based on and mainly because of the combination of Luniet and Pacino. The ending, which won't be told here, might chantre your opinions about who's the good guy and who s the bad guy. But see the movie, and piek up on Al Pacino's stellar, nominated Academy Award performance. U's an acting treat you just shouldn't miss.