The Dog

Opens Friday, August 15
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1hr 40mins // directed by:Allison Berg, Frank Keraudren // featuring:John Wojtowicz

An intimate portrait of the vivacious John Wojtowicz, the inspiration behind Al Pacino's character in Sidney Lumet's Oscar-Nominated Dog Day Afternoon.

Coming of age in the 1960s, John Wojtowicz took pride in being a pervert. His libido was excessive 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. The attempted heist resulted in a fourteen-hour hostage situation that was broadcast on TV. Three years later, Pacino portrayed his character instigating the unforgettable crime on the big screen. The award-winning film had a profound influence on Wojtowicz, when he emerged from prison six years later, he became known as "The Dog."

Filmed over the course of a 10-year period by co-directors Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, and interweaving extraordinary archival footage on the robbery, 70's era interviews and the early gay liberation movement in which "The Dog" played an active role, the documentary captures the many sides of John Wojtowicz’s larger-than-life persona: he is, by turns lover, husband, soldier, lover, activist, New Yorker, mama's boy and bank robber.

The Boston Globe

"The result does justice to their subject's foul-mouthed charm and braggadocio." - Peter Keough

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Boston Herald

"FILM YOU CAN’T REFUSE: The Dog is a fascinating portrait of John Wojtowicz, above in his booking photo and at right in front of the bank he robbed to fund his partner’s sex-change operation." - James Verniere

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"How often Hollywood embellishes. How rare, then, to find a documentary like "The Dog", in which we discover that, if anything, Sidney Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon left out much of the incredible story behind its 1972 hostage crisis." - Peter Debruge

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