R | | Biography, Crime, Drama
A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.
Charles Durning spent much of the shoot commuting from the set of this film in New York to the set of Robert Wise's The Hindenburg (1975) in Los Angeles. Both Wise and Sidney Lumet would talk beforehand and agree on what days they needed the actor.
You know I can call anybody, they'd put it on the phone? The Pope, an astronaut, the wisest of the wise... Who do I have to call?
Incorrectly regarded as goof - Sonny tells the police that Sal is "a killer" and that they are both Vietnam vets, although later in the movie Sal is worried as he has never been on a plane before. However, this is just a case of Sonny beefing up his claims in hopes the police will take him more seriously.
Opening credits prologue: What you are about to see is true - It happened in Brooklyn, New York on August 22, 1972.
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