"It'll leave you alternately amused and slack-jawed in astonishment." - Bob Mondello, NPR
"How often Hollywood embellishes. How rare, then, to find a documentary like 'The Dog,' in which we discover that, if anything, Sidney Lumet's 'Dog Day Afternoon' left out much of the incredible story behind its 1972 hostage crisis." - Peter Debruge, Variety
Coming of age in the 1960s, the libido of John Wojtowicz 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 act resulted in a fourteen-hour hostage situation that was broadcast on TV. Three years later, Al Pacino portrayed his crime in DOG DAY AFTERNOON. The film had a profound influence on Wojtowicz (who pronounced his name "Woto-wits"). When he emerged from a six-year prison sentence, he was known as "The Dog." Drawing upon extraordinary archival footage, THE DOG shuffles between the 1970s and the 2000s. We gain a historic perspective on New York's gay liberation movement, in which Wojtowicz played an active role. In later footage, he remains a subversive force, backed by the unconditional love of his mother Terry, whose wit and charm infuse the film. How and why the bank robbery took place is recounted in gripping detail by Wojtowicz and various eyewitnesses. Passionate and profane, The Dog makes no apologies for being who he is: "Live every day as if it's your last and whoever doesn't like it can go f*** themselves and a rubber duck."