weekday, Newsday presents another
IT HAPPENED IN NEW YORK!
1975: "Dog Day Afternoon"
Filmed in Brooklyn
The 1975 film "Dog
Day Afternoon," which is based on an actual event, stars Al
Pacino as Sonny Wortzik, who held up a Brooklyn bank in 1972 to
pay for a sex change operation for his lover, played by Chris Sarandon.
The movie was filmed on location in New York City, with exteriors
shot on Prospect Park West, also known as 9th Avenue, between 17th
and 18th Streets in Park Slope. The interior scenes, in which Pacino’s
character holds a number of bank employees hostage inside the bank,
were actually filmed in a warehouse.. The movie features many familiar
Brooklyn landmarks, including Holy Name Church. The movie was nominated
for a Best Picture Academy Award. Screenwriter Frank Pierson won
an Oscar. Pacino was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role,
Sarandon for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and Sidney Lumet for
Best Director. Pacino is shown here in a scene from the film.
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