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Sidney Lumet 1924-2011

by  |  April 11th, 2011  |  News

Sidney Lumet and Al Pacino on the set of 'Dog Day Afternoon' (1975).


It was reported that master director Sidney Lumet passed away over the weekend in Manhattan, due complications resulting from Lymphoma. Lumet was 86 years old and is survived by his fourth wife and 2 children from a previous marriage.

Mr. Lumet began his career in the 1950’s directing television. In the 1960’s he graduated to feature films and gained recognition for his film Fail Safe (1964) starring Walter Mathau and Henry Fonda. In the 1970’s Sidney defined the gritty crime drama with his films The Anderson Tapes (1971) starring Sean Connery and Serpico (1973) with Al Pacino.

In 1975, Lumet re-teamed with Pacino for Dog Day Afternoon, which went on to earn 6 Oscar nominations including Best Actor and Supporting for Pacino and Chris Sarandon, Best Director for Lumet, Best Picture and Best Editing. Dog Day Afternoon won Oscar for Best Screenplay.

River Phoenix and Sidney Lumet on the set of 'Running on Empty' (1988).


Sidney Lumet’s work and contributions were nothing short of a stride toward excellence. His talent’s will be missed.

Sidney talks to AFI about his film The Verdict (1980) starring Paul Newman and Sally Field.

Sidney Lumet talks about film and the impending shift of Hollywood and the movie industry.

Trailer for Serpico (1973).


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