BOY CULTURE REVIEW: ***1/2 out of ****
John “The Dog” Wojtowicz never had any regrets, but he seems to have created quite a few on the path of his life, which began in 1945, peaked when he robbed a bank to pay for his lover's sex-change operation in 1972 and ended in 2006.
The Dog's bank robbery inspired the critically acclaimed film Dog Day Afternoon (1975) starring Al Pacino, and now has inspired another film, his personality apparently having been too big for just the one. (In fact, this is the third documentary on his life.)
In the affectionately sympathetic new documentary The Dog, directed (from 2002 until recently—making it almost like the Boyhood of gay stick-up men) by Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, Wojtowicz lives on via his larger-than-life, bigger-than-the-big-screen ego, captured in multiple interviews. He is rendered in ways both charming and unsettling. To the film's credit, as much as it roots for the guy, it doesn't shy away from his darkness.