Dog Day Afternoon

Continuity mistake: In the scene in which they discuss Sylvia smoking, the paper on the table is different between shots. In the shots of Sylvia there is some paper near the can on the left. In the shots of Sal, the paper is not there. (01:03:00)

jle

Continuity mistake: Just after Sonny says, of Sal, that "that man bites" a potted plant seems to disappear then reappear from the counter. Sonny and the head cashier are moving down the counter getting the cash from each position as they go and, if you look at the signs on the counter, you can see that some shots are shown out of order; there are some shots of "Maria"'s position (no plant) interleaved with the previous position (with a plant). But the end effect is the same - appearing and disappearing plant. (00:12:20)

jle

Continuity mistake: In the exterior shot of Sal entering the bank, there is a car parked by the door. In the interior shot, the car is not visible behind Sal. This mistake is reversed half a minute later when Sonny enters the bank. There is no car in the exterior shot, but it can be seen in the interior one. (00:04:00)

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More mistakes in Dog Day Afternoon

Trivia: In order to make his character look and act more erratic, Al Pacino only slept a couple of hours at night, ate very little and took cold showers.

Trivia: Dominic Chianese plays Al Pacino's father in this film. Chianese (born 1931) is only nine years older than Pacino (born 1940).

New this month Trivia: Al Pacino's shouting to the crowd of "Attica! Attica!" was improvised.

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More trivia for Dog Day Afternoon

Sonny: Bank robbing is a federal offense. You got me on kidnapping, armed robbery. You're gonna bury me, man.

Leon: I mean, how do they expect you to get uncrazy if you're asleep all the time?

Sylvia: Why don't you smoke?
Sal: I don't want the cancer.

More quotes from Dog Day Afternoon

Question: How did Sonny know that the black limo driver was a cop?

Chosen answer: He didn't. He just assumed the cops would try something like that, substituting a cop for the real driver. What he didn't anticpate is that they had substituted cops for everyone around the bus when it arrived, and when he replaced the black driver he would have to (unknowingly) pick a cop, regardless. Incidentally, this part of the story is completely factual, it actually happened that way.

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