Based on a True Story (2004)

Based on a True Story
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 1hr 15mins.
Genres Crime, Documentary, Historical
Keywords filmmaking
Status Released
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Kees Kasander Producer n/a 3 3000001
Walter Stokman Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Jacko van't Hof Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Menno Boerema Editor n/a 172 7000001
Walter Stokman Director n/a 2 2000001
Frank Pierson Actor Himself 1 1000005
Sidney Lumet Actor Himself 1 1000002
Josephine Tutino Actor Herself 1 1000003
Dolores Goettisheim Actor Herself 1 1000004
John Wojtowicz Actor Himself 1 1000001
Synopsis
Investigates the real people and events that inspired Sidney Lumet's 1975 bank-heist drama, "Dog Day Afternnon." Aug. 22, 1972, Wojtowicz and accomplice Sal Naturile (John Cazale in "Dog Day") held up a Brooklyn bank so that Wojtowicz could get money for a sex-change operation for his then-lover Ernie, later known as Liz Eden. The robbery swiftly turned into a 14-hour hostage siege that ended with fatal consequences. Initially, the story's key figure, convicted felon John Wojtowicz (played in "Dog Day" by Al Pacino), refuses to be interviewed onscreen because of a fee dispute. After compiling interviews and footage from other sources, the filmmaker tries again to secure an interview with the newly-paroled Wojtowicz, whereupon things take a surreal turn, forcing the filmmaker to become a character within his own drama as he jostles with his subject for control.