Drafthouse Films: THE DOG

Director Allison Berg, Frank Keraudren
Run Time 100min
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Coming of age in the 1960s, John Wojtowicz took pride in being a pervert. His libido was excessive even by the libertine standards of the era, with multiple wives and lovers, both women and men.

In August, 1972, he attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover's sex-reassignment surgery. The attempted heist resulted in a fourteen-hour hostage situation that was broadcast on TV. Three years later, Pacino portrayed his character instigating the unforgettable crime on the big screen. 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 a 10-year period by co-directors Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, and interweaving extraordinary archival footage on the robbery, 70's era interviews and the early gay liberation movement in which "The Dog" played an active role, the documentary captures the many sides of John Wojtowicz’s larger-than-life persona: he is, by turns lover, husband, soldier, lover, activist, New Yorker, mama's boy and bank robber.

"Both an unofficial Dog Day sequel and unconventional overview of New York gay culture from the past 40 years..." - Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"Vintage material and first-hand accounts add to engaging expansion on the true-crime tale." - John DeFore, The Hollyword Reporter

"A triumph...fascinating...a humbly extraordinary film." - Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com

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