Hot on the heels of “The Godfather Part II” Al Pacino
turned in one of his most riveting performances as Sonny
a would-be bank robber whose robbery goes horribly wrong.
Suddenly surrounded by police and with a bank full of hostages
Sonny has lost control of the situation. He just wanted
to make a sizable withdrawal so his lover could have a sex
change operation. ***
Pacino’s brilliant performance is aided and abetted
by the marvelous character actor John Cazale who appeared
with Pacino in “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II”
as well as “The Deer Hunter” (his last performance before
he died of cancer). Charles Durning also appears giving
a marvelous performance as a police officer who suddenly
has to deal with a massive headache and doesn’t quite know
what to do with Sonny.
Image & Sound:
A step up from the previous solid looking release from
Warner, this deluxe two disc set presents the film in a
marvelous anamorphic transfer with remarkable clarity and
detail. Flesh tones are natural and the blacks are solid
throughout. The film is presented in its original mono presentation
and it sounds exceptionally good given the limitations of
the format. Dialogue comes across clearly.