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Al Pacino

Dog Day Afternoon
Bill Gold, born 3 Jan 1921
Al Pacino, born 25 Apr 1940
Color photolithographic poster with halftone
Sheet: 195.6 x 104.9cm (77 x 41 5/16")
Mount: 203.9 x 112.7cm (80 1/4 x 44 3/8")
Strainer Support: 204.8 x 112.7cm (80 5/8 x 44 3/8")
A to G Depth: To be determined
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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© Warner Brothers Studios
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In this poster for the 1975 crime drama Dog Day Afternoon, Al Pacino's likeness looms large over a gathered crowd of police officers, FBI men, and other onlookers. Pacino did seem larger than life at the time. Portraying complex characters with a subtlety and intensity few others could match in such films as The Godfather, Serpico, and The Godfather II, he was the prototypic male star of the 1970s, bringing a sense of tough realism to his roles. Dog Day Afternoon was based on the story of a failed 1972 New York City bank robbery, which had captured media attention at the time. Pacino's performance as Sonny Wortzik, an unemployed Vietnam veteran, earned him his fourth Oscar nomination in consecutive years and the Best Actor award. His energetic portrayal of Sonny, critic Gene Siskel said, "made me believe the unbelievable."
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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