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Adaptation of a true story where a young New York police officer refuses to extort money from criminals as the other officers do. His fellow police officers turn against him when he seeks to expose the situation during a grand jury investigation.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. :, Paramount,, [2002]
Edition: Widescreen version
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780792179122
Branch Call Number: DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (130 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
1.4 m/s
Alternative Title: Serpico (Motion picture)


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May 16, 2021

Extremely well-written early Pacino vehicle about the strife of a life of detective, Frank Serpico!...

Surprise, surprise, Sidney Lumet! Can this guy ever drop a poor directorial effort? He is, absolutely awesome as usual!...

Just a great, classic movie with a fantastic New York atmosphere!...

Oct 13, 2020

A classic! A must see if you are a Pacino fan.

Sep 26, 2020

Perhaps Serpico is the first of director Lumet's many superior crime films in which the person trying to set things right--a cop as in Serpico and Prince of the City, a civil attorney in The Verdict--is the focal character. Al Pacino achieved first-rank stardom playing Frank Serpico, a NYPD cop who is utterly straight-arrow and also sympathetic to the people he arrests. He is revolted early after joining the force when a superior beats a perp badly and further disgusted when he finds virtually every officer in his precinct is taking payoffs from mobsters and drug dealers. As he starts to tell superiors what his colleagues are doing, he discovers that they, too, are on the take and/or are more concerned with avoiding scandal than disciplining the larcenous cops. He is nearly killed and permanently injured before he finds the right ears and the famous Knapp Commission is set up to expunge corruption in the force. His work-life and private life both figure in the movie's development, the latter through two relationships with women who eventually can't accept his mounting rage and frustration. While Pacino's performance is something like iconic, there's nothing flashy about it. There also isn't a lackadaisical actor anywhere in the huge supporting cast, though Biff McGuire as the sanctimonious Captain Inspector McClain stands out. Mikis Theodorakis' score abandons all Greek characteristics (but does include a few Italianisms). The cinematography of Arthur Ornitz lacks the Old Master color and lighting of Lumet's decade-later masterpieces, probably because neither he nor Lumet thought of it for Serpico. The master editor Dede Allen's work is so sharp it almost draws blood. And yet, Serpico is a lesser achievement than Prince or The Verdict; its overall length weighs on the viewer as neither of those two later, just-as-long films does. --Ray Olson

Apr 06, 2020

Pacino at the height of his powers. Based upon a true story. In the last year or so a documentary of the story of Frank Serpico has been released on DVD. I felt satisfied that I spotted Judd Hirsch and M. Emmet Walsh in 5 second scenes. I didn't spot Tony LoBianco, but it was pretty easy to spot F. Murray Abraham, who would have to wait another 10 years to become totally famous for his role in Amadeus.

Mar 05, 2019

Directed by Sidney Lumet in 1973 based on the Peter Maas's biography of NYPD officer Frank Serpico, this American docudrama delves into the struggle of the protagonist who goes undercover to expose corruption in the police force.
Serpico endures scorn and mistreatment from his fellow cops while attempting to perform his job with integrity.
It appears like a breathtaking suspense while making it known that police forces tend to have inherent flaws.

Sep 06, 2018

An honest cop paid the ultimate sacrifice with his career and and risked his life. A 130 minute movie and it was worth the time. Great bath tub scene. Pacino was perfect for this role. There is also Serpico documentary . Special features interesting.

Oct 23, 2017

Great film.What can you say?Great performance by Al Pacino as cop Frank Serpico. Based on a true story about a dedicated by the book cop surrounded by corruption to the highest levels of the NYPD. Focuses on this whistle blowers tireless effort to fight police corruption.

Sep 08, 2017

I liked this cop/criminal story. It was well done. It is very violent. There is lots of sexuality. Thus, it is not good for children.

Feb 01, 2017

A true American classic. Serpico did indeed sacrifice his career to just principles, something one sees so infinitesimally today. I recall that the Knapp Commission on NYPD Corruption found that 88 percent of the NYPD was on the take, on the pad, bought and paid for.
Why not 100 percent? Because the other 12 percent had mundane duties and nothing of value to offer the mob, and other criminals.

Aug 24, 2016

IMHO this movie deserves its reputation as a classic.

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