The Dog Directed by Allison Berg, Frank Keraudren, 2013
Coming of age in the 1960s, John Wojtowicz took pride in being a pervert. His libido was excessive even by the libertine standards of the era, with multiple wives and lovers, both women and men.
In August 1972, he attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover’s sex-reassignment surgery. The attempted heist resulted in a fourteen-hour hostage situation that was broadcast on TV. Three years later, Pacino portrayed his character instigating the unforgettable crime on the big screen. The award-winning film had a profound influence on Wojtowicz; when he emerged from prison six years later, he became known as “The Dog.”
Filmed over the course of a ten-year period by co-directors Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, and interweaving extraordinary archival footage on the robbery, ’70s-era interviews and the early gay liberation movement in which “The Dog” played an active role, the documentary captures the many sides of John Wojtowicz’s larger-than-life persona: he is by turns lover, husband, soldier, activist, New Yorker, mama’s boy and bank robber.
Audio Commentary with Directors Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren Featuring Documentray Curator Thom Powers; Deleted Scenes; 12-page Booklet; Theatrical Trailer; Digital Download