"Often hilarious, poignant and fascinating, The Dog is as entertaining as movies (in any genre or form) get, telling a true story that is far stranger anything a screenwriter could cook up." -John Fink, The Film Stage
"An expertly-crafted documentary on a riveting subject, and one that leaves you only wanting more than its 101 minutes could show." -Paul Freitag-Fey, Daily Grindhouse
"There's a brashness to this documentary that sneaks up on you." -Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Try as you may, however, you can't turn away from this obscure footnote in pop culture history, even at his most aggravating. It's that twisted thing we call celebrity." -Steve Davis, Austin Chronicle
"A queasily compelling documentary." -Kathy Fennessy, The Stranger
In 1972, John Wojtowicz attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover's sex-reassignment surgery. The heist resulted in a fourteen-hour hostage situation that was broadcast on TV. Three years later, Al Pacino portrayed Wojtowicz instigating the unforgettable crime in DOG DAY AFTERNOON. The award-winning film had a profound influence on Wojtowicz. When he emerged from prison six years later, he became known as "The Dog." Filmed over the course of ten years by co-directors Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, THE DOG combines extraordinary archival footage from the real-life robbery, interviews, and the story of the early gay liberation movement (in which "The Dog" played an active role) to create a captivating and unreal documentary.
Courtesy of the American Genre Film Archive.