Welcome to
Golden Age cinema and bar
established MMXIII

Paramount House
80 Commonwealth Street
Surry Hills, Sydney

Dog Day Afternoon

(Rated M)

<img alt=" data-lowsrc="" data-sizes="(max-width: 1300px) 100vw, 1400px" data-src="" data-srcset="" class="lazyload">

Session Times



Thought Destroyer was a good heist film? Well, yes, it was. But this is something else entirely. Directed by Sidney Lumet (Network, Serpico) and based on the true story of a 1972 failed bank robbery, Dog Day Afternoon shows exactly how bad a bungled heist can go. What should have taken 10 minutes is drawn out to 12 hours as small-time crooks Sonny (Al Pacino) and Sal (John Cazale) are surrounded by police and then — worse — the media. Fueling Sonny’s desperate bid for money is his unwitting lover Leon, who is in need of gender reassignment surgery. Set against one of the hottest days of the year, the desperation and perspiration leads to a tense negotiation process between the cops and robbers, as the crowd outside starts to root for Sonny, played to perfection by Pacino.

Why You Should See This Film

Seen at the time as an anti-establishment film riding a public wave of anti-Vietnam sentiment, Dog Day Afternoon was universally praised for its complex characterisation of a compelling anti-hero. The real Sonny — John Wojtowicz — used the $7,500 + 1% net film profits given to him for his story to assist his actual lover Elizabeth Debbie Eden in securing a finer quality of life.

Session Times


Session Times

There are no scheduled sessions for this film. Please return to the Now Showing page for upcoming films.

Select Session

  • Year: 1975
  • Rating: M
  • Director: Sidney Lumet
  • Cast: Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning
  • Duration: 125 minutes
  • Language: English
Join the Cult

Join the Cult

For only $30 per year your Golden Age Film Club Membership gets you discounted tickets, a gift pass, exclusive events, free popcorn & more.
Caddy Snacks

Caddy Snacks

Enhance your next cinema visit with a popcorn & lolly bag duet, plus your choice of wine, pilsner or a pair of classic Negronis.
More Films You Might Like


Sign up for the Golden Age newsletter