|Al Pacino||Sonny Wortzik|
|Charles Durning||Eugene Moretti|
|Chris Sarandon||Leon Shermer|
|James Broderick||FBI Agent Sheldon|
|Marcia Jean Kurtz||Miriam|
|Susan Peretz||Angela Wortzik|
When inexperienced criminal Sonny Wortzik leads a bank robbery in Brooklyn, things quickly go wrong, and a hostage situation develops. As Sonny and his accomplice, Sal Naturile, try desperately to remain in control, a media circus develops and the FBI arrives, creating even more tension. Gradually, Sonny's surprising motivations behind the robbery are revealed, and his standoff with law enforcement moves toward its inevitable end.