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The Dog

Biography . Adventure . Documentary

In 1972, John Wojtowicz attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to pay for his lover’s sex-change operation. The story was the basis for the film Dog Day Afternoon. The Dog captures John, who shares his story for the first time in his own unique, offensive, hilarious and heartbreaking way.

Actors: Liz Debbie Eden , Jeremy Bowker , Carmen Bifulco , Teresa Wojtowicz , George Heath , Liz Eden , John Wojtowicz
Directors: Allison Berg , Frank Keraudren
Country: USA
Release: 2014-08-15
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  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Co-directors Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren seem to be operating from a place of nonjudgmental curiosity, so pure and sustained that it becomes indistinguishable from love. They can't get enough of John Wojtowicz. Full Review
  • Christopher Schobert

    As the moving, sad, riotously humorous documentary The Dog explains, the film only captured traces of Wojtowicz’s personality, and only told bits of his story.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    Though The Dog can be seen through any number of lenses — a study of media distortion, an illustration of life-sustaining grandiosity, a love story gone deliriously wrong — it's perhaps most meaningful as an exploration of the limits of the gay rights movement's political correctness.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    He's an engaging, profane interview subject, and a complex guy, self-described as both a "pervert" and a "romantic," sexually omnivorous, a Goldwater Republican before being drafted and sent to Vietnam, a McCarthyite peacenik afterward.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Josh Modell

    As a portrait of a life lived strangely — and if you asked its subject, perfectly, with no regrets — The Dog is charming.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Bob Mondello

    The filmmakers have been telling interviewers they have sufficient additional material for a whole other movie. And The Dog is eye-opening enough to make you kind of hope that's true.

    NPR Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    A spunky yet surprisingly sad portrait of a sexually liberated man held captive by his past, forever chasing and trying to rewrite his own legend.

    Variety Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    The Dog is, as its title suggests, a documentary portrait, but it’s also an exploration of that sometimes messy thing called identity.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    What makes The Dog so compelling isn't Wojtowicz's cinematic imprint but the place in history that was very likely denied him by chance and his own irascibility.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    For all its eye-opening material, The Dog still feels unfinished, but for students of New York scuzziness, it’s an essential addition.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    While Wojtowicz’s shape-shifting character is the major source of fascination here, the archival footage, including with is terrifically effective in evoking the tumultuous era and occasionally providing a reality check to the Dog’s boastful version of his life.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    In addition to “pervert” — which Wojtowicz makes sound like a badge of honor — the film offers many other seemingly contradictory assessments of Wojtowicz, mainly from his own mouth: troll, Goldwater Republican, McCarthy peacenik, crazy man, crook, romantic. He was all of those things and more, as The Dog makes vividly obvious.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    Bizarre, fascinating, and frustrating documentary.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Wojtowicz was a folk hero thanks to the movie, and he cashed in on his celebrity by signing autographs in front of the bank he tried to rob. He also retained the love and support of his wife and his doting mother, both of whom are interviewed with him in The Dog, until his death in 2006.

    New York Post Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Talking heads aside, the movie gets a big boost from the wealth of news footage and post-standoff reportage the filmmakers cull from archives.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    The film is a real "whew"-factor yarn, a hearty soup of thick accents, bold personalities and complicated motives, with an unmistakable taste of charismatic, ornery American hedonism.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Every part of Wojtowicz’s story is touched by madness, though The Dog doesn’t miss the depression and tragedy that lingers around it.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    The Dog reveals both expected and unexpected things about this oddball character to keep you interested.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    It's informed with a subtle but disquieting subtext that insists on the pitfalls of allowing ideology to steer you away from common sense.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    And always there’s Wojtowicz himself, who died in 2006. His patter and persona must be seen to be believed. This guy was a piece of work, and so is The Dog.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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