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.
John Cazale's role as Sal was originally intended for an 18-year-old, which was the age of the real Sal.
I bark. That man there, see him?
Sonny: He bites.
Sonny tells the police that they are both Vietnam veterans. Later Sal says that he's never been on an airplane before. Some people believe this to be a goof, but later in the film Sonny's mother refers to his time served in Vietnam and also Sonny says he is "entitled to" a military funeral. It may be that Sonny is a Vietnam vet and Sal is not, or that both men are vets and Sal simply has not flown before and rather traveled via ship.
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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