I received a ton of feedback from the ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ entry.
Jimmy Cassino sent me this photo of the crowd.
I remember that almost as like it was yesterday. The film was released in 1975 and Al Pacino, John Cazale and the film itself was nominated for almost every Oscar they were eligible for. At 9 or 10 years old, when it was filmed in 1974 in the neighborhood, I thought the title “Dog Day Afternoon” meant that the movie was about an actual dog hanging around a barber shop all afternoon. When I actually watched the movie, proudly filmed up on Prospect Av and 9th Av area, when I was a little older, I loved it. A young Al Pacino doing what he does best, acting in a role that he played perfectly.
Thanks Coach for posting the picture.
I remember we all went to Manhattan to see the opening night. It was unbelievable, everyone from the neighbor was there with all these big wigs from the movie studio. We were shouting out everyones name when one of our faces hit the screen. It was a night to remember!!!!!!!!!
COURTHOUSE NEWS SERVICE
‘Dog Day’ Aftermath in Court Nov. 4, 2012
By Marion Dudley, contributor
Nearly four decades earlier, in the infamous case of Heath v. Wojtowicz (Index 40555/78), New York County Supreme Court Justice Shanley N. Egeth delivered a shockingly horrific mandate that categorically deprived needed compensation to crime victims under the newly enacted Son of Sam law. The law was designed specifically to prevent criminals from profiting from their crime. Egeth also permitted the discriminatory content-based statute to be enforced retroactively in direct violation of the constitution.
The prevailing defendant, bank robber John S. Wojtowicz who is portrayed by Al Pacino in the film “Dog Day Afternoon,” was allowed to profit from his crime immediately, provided that no judgment by a crime victim materialized and went unsatisfied. The mandate thereby guaranteed that his estranged wife Carmen Wojtowicz also received substantial profit at the expense and damage to crime victims who were unable to fully collect court ordered judgments as a result.
In 1975, Warner Bros. released the blockbuster film in which nine bank employees were held hostage by Wojtowicz for 14 hours. His 18-year-old companion was killed by FBI agents as the two bandits attempted to highjack a plane in a bid to escape.
Laboring as an astute jailhouse lawyer, George Heath successfully represented Wojtowicz in a breach of contract lawsuit against the movie giant before the Son of Sam statute was enacted into law. Heath provided literary assistance and induced a federal judge to shave 5 years from Wojtowicz’ 20-year prison sentence. Judge Egeth’s egregious decision rested on controversy surrounding the percentage of royalties owing to Heath for his service. The court left the decision up to Wojtowicz after all of his expenses were settled.
Though a highly devout Catholic, Wojtowicz’ motive for the bank heist was to finance a sex reassignment for his Jewish male paramour who expired of AIDS in 1998. Before the death of Wojtowicz to cancer in 2006, he informed the Warner Bros. in open court that he was forfeiting his estate and wanted his royalties, amounting to one percent of the net profits of said film, paid over to Heath.
In the interim, one federal court in the Northern District of New York (82-CV-1423) upheld Judge Egeth’s decision based on the perfunctory application of finality, known as res judicata. Another federal court in the Southern District of New York (U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25056 1986) rendered a similar decision, and the United States Supreme Court denied further review November 2, 1987.
Finally, however, in Simon & Schuster, Inc. v. Members of the New York State Crime Victims Board, 503 U.S. 105 (1991), the U.S. Supreme Court adopted Heath’s position. The court invalidated the Son-of-Sam law as a clear and despicable First Amendment violation that improperly limits compensation to victims of crime.
Consequently, Heath petitioned the state court to render an order for reimbursement against Warner Bros., finding that the company had recklessly distributed his property over to state officials. The New York State Court of Appeals rejected Heath’s petition based on the mechanical application of res judicata. The United States Supreme Court refused to entertain Heath’s appeal October 1, 2012 contending, sub silentio, that it has no obligation to right every wrong.
Heath initiated a similar petition against Warner Bros. in United States District Court, Eastern District of New York as 12 CV-1062. The court refused to file his complaint based on the mechanical application of res judicata. An appeal is pending in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as docket No. 12-1879.
Warner Bros. argues vehemently that it should not be penalized by paying double for having complied with a statute subsequently held unconstitutional. Acknowledging, however, that the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment clearly and inexplicably supports the constitutional requirement for reimbursement, the company alleges that the state alone should be held liable based upon the litany of case law presented by Heath.
Wojtowicz and Heath, 1990
It may just be me Jimmy , but it looks like you forgot your lines and you’re looking for a cue card 😉
Casale died way too young,..he was 5 movies and all 5 were nominated for best picture.. two Godfathers, Dog Day Afternoon, The Conversation and The Deerhunter…
I correct myself. It wasn’t John Cazale, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, but Chris Sarandon, who portrayed Sonny’s lover who was hoping to get a sex-change operation. (Pacino and Cazale also worked in at least one of the “Godfather” movies together) Pacino was nominated for Best Actor, Sidney Lumet nominated for Best Director, the film for Best PIcture. The lone winner of an Oscar from the film was screenplay writer, Frank Pierson.
The original Movie Feature Poster that hung at theaters read:
“The robbery should have taken 10 minutes.
4 hours later, the bank was like a circus sideshow.
8 hours later, it was the hottest thing on live TV.
12 hours later, it was history.
And it’s all true.”
Other trivia, for anyone who may be interested, regarding “Dog Day Afternoon” and its reception/aftermath. The actual bank robber in real life served 6 years of a 20-year sentence before being paroled. He was also quoted in 1975 as saying that “the movie was about 30% accurate.”
The bank robbery occurred in 1972 at a Chase Manhattan branch on Avenue P at E. 3rd St and the actors kept ice cubes in their mouths during the nighttime scenes filmed on the chilly October nights. Since it was supposed to be a hot summer night, the ice cubes (I don’t know how) kept the smoke that comes out of one’s mouth in chilly/cold weather from coming out.
Once again, Good Post!!! (Wasn’t “As Good It Gets” with Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt also filmed in the neighborhood on Fuller Place? I wasn’t living there at the time so I’m not 100% positive on that one.
As Good As It Gets was filmed on Fuller Place, also scenes from a movie called Angie, starring Geena Davis- Smoke, with Harvey Keitel was filmed across from Farrell’s, where the Post Office used to be, now is Dub Pies and something else- Cazale and Pacino were in Godfather I and II- actually, Pacino had Cazale murdered- John Cazale was an amazing actor- he was living with Meryl Streep when he got (I think) brain cancer- she took time off from her early career to nurse him- in my mind, an extremely selfless move- but it seems the Karma Gods smiled on Miss Meryl- his acting in the Deer Hunter really touched me- who, among us doesn’t know someone like that character, someone always a day late and a dollar short, exasperating, but ultimately loveable? I think he may have been one of the foremost actors of our time had he not died so young…
“As Good As It Gets” was filmed on Howard Place approximately 4 to 5 house in from Windsor Place. The new Spiderman movie that just came out was filmed inside one of my friend’s house on Fuller Place with scenes on Fuller as well.
Yes, 12+7 comments is a TON of feedback for this blog!
Actually “A Windsor Terrace Alumni” there are other ways for feedback besides leaving comments and that would be e-mail.
I was attending Bishop Ford when the movie was filmed. They let us out early every day at the producers request to add to the crowd scenes. Not many people were yelling “Attica attica”. As I recall there were more derogatory Pacino comments if you know what I mean. Since I lived on 19th street, I was in the crowd most of the time yet I have yet to spot myself in the movie or in any pictures. I had a couple of friends who were extras
Lots of commercials and other stuff filmed in the neighborhood. The Basketball/sneaker commercial in the Holy name schoolyard, the Alannis Morrisette video in the early 90’s- I even remember a kodak commercial, Christmas themed, fimed in the Rudder’s house on Howard place when we were kids, late 70’s , very early 80’s.
As Good as It Gets was filmed on Howard Place. The corner house on Windsor & Howard. I owned a house on Howard Place at the time and they actually came in to look it over to possibly use it for the movie. They looked at a few houses on Howard and Fuller. They chose the corner house on Howard because of its long hallway which the other houses didn’t have. AT&T filmed 2 commercials in my house in the 80’s. It ran for awhile. It was so interesting the way they set it up and filmed it. They were there from 7 am to 7 pm for 2 short commercials that ran less than a minute.
I stand corrected 🙂
Additionally, I remember James Cagney filming a movie called “Ragtime” in the early ’80’s on 8th ave and 14 street. They used the armory as a prison and Cagney was the warden. I got Robby Benson’s autograph when he filmed a movie on the same corner where he played a religious Jew and PS 107’s was used as a rabinnical school in the late ’70’s. I also remember a movie called “The Gift” being filmed on 9th ave, in the ’70’s based on a Pete Hamill book. There was an actor in that movie called Gary Frank who was on tv star at the time on a series called “Family”.
Great stuff – and you my friend, could have beat Robbie Benson in a game of One-on-One!
Meet Joe Black was also filmed in the neighborhood- Joey Corrar set himself up in Bartel Pritchard Square with a folding chair and a sign to “Meet Joe Black” 🙂
That would have made for a great picture on the blog…Joey sitting in a chair with that sign!
Finally saw the latest 2014 Dog Day Afternoon documentary entitled “The Dog” on DVD. It’s a very Informative film. It contains the real characters, although George Heath, as the Dog’s wife and lawyer, is the sole living survivor. He mentions nothing about injustice that he suffered when the court illegally seized his film profits based on employment of an unconstitutional law of which the U.S. Supreme Court declared as patently unconstitutional.. His only viable option was to file a criminal complaint against the judge, but what jury is really going to convict a judge.
It took the film makers ten years to produce “The Dog.” I like it better than the original movie Dog Day Afternoon. John Wojtowicz as The Dog is a true sensation.
Thanks Silby – I will be sure to check that out.
Hope all is all.
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