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Based on a True Story (2004)

'Based on a True Story' is a documentary on John Wojtowicz and Salvatore Naturile's attempt to rob a bank in Flatbrush, NY, which was later made into a movie in 1975.

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Walter Stokman

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Walter Stokman
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Cast

Credited cast:
John Cazale ... (archive footage)
Sidney Lumet ... Himself
Al Pacino ... (archive footage)
Frank Pierson ... Himself
Chris Sarandon ... (archive footage)
Walter Stokman Walter Stokman ... Himself (voice)
John Wojtowicz ... Himself
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'Based on a True Story' is a documentary on John Wojtowicz and Salvatore Naturile's attempt to rob a bank in Flatbrush, NY, which was later made into a movie in 1975.

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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Basado en una historia real See more »

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1.78 : 1
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References Dog Day Afternoon (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Lollypops & Shotguns (A Hostage's Lament)
Words & Music by L. & F. Tutino
Performed by The Romanaires
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a great hostage situation!
27 July 2005 | by filmlover66See all my reviews

This is a great documentary! It won an award for best documentary at the Int Seattle Film Festival. They reconstruct the robbery in Brooklyn and are confronted with a robber who is still a crazy madman. It's really stupid that this guy from Australia didn't notice the brilliant parallel between the negotiations over a phone line. Like the FBI negotiated over phone with this crazy robber, the director was forced to do the same 30 years later. The robber wants a lot of money for cooperation and he desperately wants to control the story in the way the film should be made. It feels like he is keeping hostage again (but this time his side of the story). Dog Day Afternoon made him a hero. Based on a True Story reveals the true character of the robber named john Wojtowicz. There is great archival footage of the real robbery, Ex hostages, the FBI agent who shot Sal, the Robbers ex wife, Sydney Lumet and scriptwriter Frank Pierson. It's a pity they didn't get Al Pacino. I think it's a cool film and it was very revealing for me!


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