The Unenthusiastic Critic Podcast - Episode 23

Will The Unenthusiastic Critic appreciate Sidney Lumet's 1975 masterpiece Dog Day Afternoon? You can pretty much take that to the bank.

First, we're talking about heists gone wrong, and discussing some really great movies about really crappy criminals. Then, Michael is taking Nakea hostage for her first viewing of Sidney Lumet's classic crime-drama starring Al Pacino, John Cazale, Chris Sarandon, and Charles Durning.

In the course of our conversation we discuss stealing the American dream, why Dog Day Afternoon is a surprisingly appropriate pick for Pride Month, and the genius of a director who could make both this gritty heist movie and The Wiz. (And, along the way, we also learn why "bank robbery" is yet another situation in which you don't want Nakea for a partner.)


0:00: Prologue: Mickey Rourke's Advice on Crime from Body Heat (1981)
1:16: Preliminary Discussion: Crappy Criminals
19:52: Interlude: Scene from Dog Day Afternoon
20:55: Cultural Osmosis: Pre-Viewing Discussion of Dog Day Afternoon
27:17: Original Trailer for Dog Day Afternoon
28:46: The Verdict: Post-Viewing Discussion of Dog Day Afternoon
1:18:48: Outro and Next Week's Movie
1:19:54: Outtake

Notes and Links

—Film discussed: Dog Day Afternoon (dir. Sidney Lumet, Warner Bros, 1975)
—From the Corrections Department: Michael seemed to be having a little trouble with names this week. He continually refers to the film's character of "Angela" by the name of her real-life counterpart "Carmen," and several times he inexplicably calls the late, great John Cazale "John Cavale." (Rest assured, he's planning to seek a neurological consult.)
—Article discussed: "The Boys in the Bank," by P.F. Kluge and Thomas Moore, Life, Sept. 22, 1972.
—Documentary mentioned: The Dog (2013)
—Scene from Body Heat (dir. Lawrence Kasdan, Ladd Co., 1981)
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The Unaffiliated Critic

Michael G. McDunnah is a freelance writer, a recovering lit major, a pop-culture junkie, and an unaffiliated critic. He lives in Chicago.

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