DOG DAY AFTERNOON
1975, Warner Bros., 130 min, USA, Dir: Sidney Lumet

Put-upon everyman Al Pacino, squeezed in the vise of pressures from his dysfunctional family and his transsexual lover (Chris Sarandon), finally cracks, robbing an NYC bank with shell-shocked vet John Cazale (THE DEER HUNTER) to finance Sarandon’s sex-change operation. Based on a true story, DOG DAY AFTERNOON is one of director Sidney Lumet’s most acutely observed and compassionate slices of life in the Big Apple. An Oscar winner for Frank Pierson’s original screenplay.


RUNNING ON EMPTY
1988, Warner Bros., 116 min, USA, Dir: Sidney Lumet

Judd Hirsch and Christine Lahti are a couple of ex-radicals who have been on the run from the FBI for years; River Phoenix is their son struggling under the weight of his parents' past and expectations. Naomi Foner's subtle, complex script enables director Sidney Lumet to develop one of his favorite themes (explored earlier in DANIEL), that of children forced to pay for their parents' mistakes. One of Roger Ebert’s ten best films of 1988.


MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
1974, Paramount, 128 min, USA, Dir: Sidney Lumet

This delightful Agatha Christie adaptation features one of the most astonishing casts in film history - including Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Albert Finney, Sean Connery and Richard Widmark, among many others. The meticulous and intricate story, which follows Hercule Poirot’s (Finney) investigation of the title crime aboard a luxury train, is a pretext for director Lumet to offer up a glorious tribute to old-fashioned Hollywood glamour.


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