Saturday, August 22
Sliding Scale Admission $6-$10
Saturday, July 26
Directed by Sidney Lumet - Screenplay by Frank Pierson, based on an article by P.F. Kluge and Thomas Moore
125 min. - USA - 1975 - Rated R
Based on a true story (via a 1972 article in Life magazine), Sidney Lumet’s classic chronicles a unique bank robbery on a hot summer afternoon in New York City. Scheming loser Sonny (Al Pacino) and his slow-witted buddy Sal (John Cazale) burst into a Brooklyn bank for what should be a quick, in-and-out robbery. But everything goes wrong. First off, there is almost no money in the bank. Then, the situation swiftly escalates; Sonny and Sal take hostages, practically every cop in the tristate area surrounds the bank, a large Sonny-sympathetic crowd gathers to watch, and the media arrive to add the third ring to the circus. Police captain Moretti (Charles Durning) tries to negotiate with Sonny while keeping the volatile spectacle under control. It was one of the most influential crime capers of the 1970s, and won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar.