Posted On: Thursday - March 4th 2021 7:14PM MST
In Topics:   Genderbenders  Movies
The movie Dog Day Afternoon was one of the 2 references on which Peak Stupidity based our 1st attempt at a screenplay, in the post All I hear of, is Lady O'Gaga.... This post is not very much of a review, as I've watched many thousands of movies, and I can't be on here reviewing them all. However, there's something woke before its time in that movie, and that recent post made me think about it.
I don't want to spoil the movie for the reader. That's not because I'm such a nice guy but more because Dog Day Afternoon is a really good movie. I'd put it in my top 100 out of those many thousands. The movie is about a bank robbery and resulting standoff on a hot summer's day in New York City. Al Pacino stars as, Sonny one of the two (originally, 3) bank robbers. The other guy is Sal (shown in the images in that Lady O'Gaga post).
What I remembered is this: Dog Day Afternoon has a scene with a guy who wants to change into a woman. No, the word "transition" was not used, because, and here's the amazing thing, the movie is from 1975! This crazy stuff was brought up 46 years ago. Here's the guy, Leon, talking about it*:
Leon : I couldn't explain the things I did. So I went to this psychiatrist who told me that I was a woman trapped in a man's body. Well, so, right away Sonny wanted to get me money for a sex change operation: but where was he going to get that? 2,500 dollars. My God, he was in hock up to his ears already.Twenty-five hundred dollas! I'm dyin' here, Sal. Haha, that was before the big inflation of the late 1970s through 1980.
The thing is, this scene wasn't at all important to the movie. It could have been left out, and the movie would have been just as good. It just made for a pretty weird interlude. I don't really think the makers of Dog Day Afternoon were particularly "woke", as you'd call it now. I just read information about the book (by Patrick Mann, never read it) here on Goodreads, and this bit is in the book too. Maybe he was the "woke" one. I don't know if the movie makers were trying to push some new thing, as part of an agenda, or to get more accolades maybe, or just be true to the book. Movies don't HAVE to do that though. Some don't even come close, and most viewers don't complain.
Anyway, I hadn't thought about that scene in years, as much as I recommend this movie to people. Dog Day Afternoon has got that one weird-ass scene, but the rest is what you'd expect from 1975 - no PC BS, yea! It's suspenseful, but something of a drama too, with quite a few bits of humor in it. I don't know if it was supposed to be humorous, but this scene at the beginning where robber # 3 just chickens out and goes home is funny to me. This scene will give you a taste of the movie:
* Thanks to IMDB - great website!