The Movie: Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
What Is It?: Al Pacino gives one of his less AL PACINO! performances in a based-on-a-true-story bank heist flick in which his main motivation for grabbing the moola is to pay for his boyfriend’s gender reassignment surgery. Pacino’s love for Chris Sarandon humanizes the crook and scrambles the usual seventies super-macho, anti-hero stereotypes. Godfather co-star John Cazale is great as Al’s partner in crime.
Why Today?: Today is National Dog Day, which certainly applies to the afternoon too.