In a documentary that is equal parts creepy and fascinating, Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, catch up with John Wojtowicz, the inspiration for the movie Dog Day Afternoon. Wojtowicz was played brilliantly by Al Pacino in the 1975 movie about a Brooklyn man who gets two buddies to help him rob a bank to pay for his boyfriend’s sex change. And as the doc shows, Wojtowicz has been milking the infamy ever since his 1972 arrest, even showing up at the site of the old bank to sign autographs and pose for pictures.
Filmed over 10 years, up until their subject’s death in 2006, Berg and Keraudren followed around Wojtowicz and others in his world, including the mother he lived with after getting out of jail, his ex-wife, and various friends and acquaintances who try to detail his motivation, a series of odd relationships and his seemingly insatiable sex drive.
Wojtowicz is anything but ashamed, gladly touring the film crew around his old haunts, including the public parks where he came to solicit sex. A baffling, but highly compelling look at an individual you can’t help but be fascinated with.