Many of his fellow officers considered him the most dangerous man alive - An honest cop.
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 24, 2017
- Originally Released: 1973
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Serpico: Real to Reel
- Inside Serpico
- Serpico: favorite moments
- Photo gallery with commentary by director Sidney Lumet
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono - English, French
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||John Randolph, Jack Kehoe, Biff McGuire, Barbara Eda-Young, Tony Roberts, Cornelia Sharpe & John Medici|
|Directed by||Sidney Lumet|
|Edited by||Dede Allen|
|Screenplay by||Waldo Salt & Norman Wexler|
|Original story by||Peter Maas|
|Composition by||Mikis Theodorakis|
|Produced by||Martin Bregman|
|Director of Photography:||Arthur J. Ornitz|
|Executive Production by||Dino De Laurentiis|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"The reality is that we do not wash our own laundry; it just gets dirtier."
- Frank Serpico (Al Pacino)
Rating: A+ -- "Serpico" is a candid and gritty police expose film that juxtaposes systematic police graft with the personal toll it takes on the man who attempts to blow the lid on the crooked activities that surround him. Full Review
Wonderful potential, and wasted. Serpico has some brutal surface flash and an acetylene performance by Al Pacino in the title role, but its energy is used to dodge all the questions it should have raised and answered. Full Review
Lumet and screenwriters Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler can't do anything but skim rapidly over the surface of their tale. Full Review
Rating: A- -- Imbued with mythic and even religious dimensions, Al Pacino's resourceful, Oscar-nominated performance takes Lumet's quinessential 1970s New York film beyond the realm of a cop-corruption drama. Full Review
...One of the best-remembered of Lumet's voluminous New York movies...
Lumet's biopic of Frank Serpico, the virtuous cop who exposed a network of graft in the NYPD, feels depressingly relevant. Full Review
Another problem, these days, is Pacino's characterisation; he seems at times more like a misplaced hippy than a plainclothes cop. Full Review
Shot on location on the crime-filled streets of New York City, Sidney Lumet's unflinching adaptation of Peter Maas's best-selling book is a rousing portrait of courage in the face of insidious corruption. This is a motif that Lumet would continue to mine in later films, including 1981's PRINCE OF THE CITY and 1997's NIGHT FALLS ON MANHATTAN. Al Pacino is forcefully real as Frank Serpico, an independent young recruit entering the police force in the late 1960s, fulfilling a childhood dream. The good old boys of the NYPD lose no time in initiating Serpico into the ways of cutting corners, forging documents, and taking payoffs from local gambling operations and narcotic rings. His refusal to take illegal protection money and his counterculture lifestyle make Serpico a target for harassment by his unified and powerful peers. Lumet hones in on the evocative details of Serpico's personal struggles and inner turmoil as his obsessive fight for truth begins to have disastrous effects on his personal life and threatens his safety. SERPICO is a stellar example of gritty '70s filmmaking, featuring another electrifying performance from Pacino.
Action | Scams And Cons | True Story | Personal Triumph | Cops | Blackmail | Recommended | Character Study | Theatrical Release | Essential Cinema
- Theatrical release: December 5, 1973
- SERPICO received a limited theatrical rerelease in 2004.