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Serpico is a 1973 American biopic directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Al Pacino. It's based on Peter Maas' biography of NYPD officer Frank Serpico, who went undercover to expose corruption in the force. The film and its principals were nominated for numerous awards, and together with Scarecrow, which was released the same year, it marked the big breakthrough for Al Pacino. The film was also a commercial success.
“What's this for? For bein' an honest cop? Hmm? Or for being stupid enough to get shot in the face? You tell them that they can shove it.”
If you were alive during the 70’s then there is no question in my mind that your favorite actor was Al Pacino. He ruled during that decade. His performance in Serpico playing the title character, an honest cop who refused to participate in the corruptive system that surrounded the NY police department, is considered by many to be his best work, which is saying a lot when you take into account his other films during that four year span: both Godfather films, Dog Day Afternoon, and Scarecrow. He was nominated for an…
Film #8 of Florin's Recommendations
”Frank, let's face it, who can trust a cop that won't take money?”
The story of an individual who’s fighting a corrupt system, that is always a fascinating story to tell, someone who does all he can to turn an established system inside out, and when this someone is Al Pacino with shaggy hair and beard and the story teller is Sidney Lumet then you know that the film is going to be something really special. Based on a true story, Serpico tells the tale of Frank Serpico, an honest cop who is fighting a corrupt and inefficient police system. One thing that Sidney Lumet does in his movies is that he puts the weight…
Al Pacino in the early seventies was a man who was going places. Having won notable acclaim following The Godfather, Pacino embarked on another iconic role that would give him his second Oscar Nomination in the space of two years and three films. A police corruption film again set in New York City, this had Pacino in his element as an officer with a conscience swimming against the current in a biopic that told the true story of Frank Serpico.
Frank Serpico was a NYPD officer who worked in various precincts throughout the five Boroughs during his stint first in uniform and then as a plain clothes officer in the sixties and early seventies. His stance against widespread and endemic…
"Who can trust a cop who don't take money?" ~ Tom Keough
This film was based upon the Peter Maas biography of New York police officer Frank Serpico (b. 1936), who went undercover to expose corruption in the force. Director Sidney Lumet's adaptation stars Al Pacino in the titular role, a good cop caught in a bad system. It opens with him being wheeled into a hospital after being shot in the face by a drug dealer and flashes back to his entry into the force, his rise to plain clothes detective and his constant refusal to accept bribes or kickbacks, which alienates him among his fellow officers.
The action here supposedly took place in the 1960s, and Pacino certainly…
"There is, however, another good work that is done by detective stories. While it is the constant tendency of the Old Adam to rebel against so universal and automatic a thing as civilization, to preach departure and rebellion, the romance of police activity keeps in some sense before the mind the fact that civilization itself is the most sensational of departures and the most romantic of rebellions. By dealing with the unsleeping sentinels who guard the outposts of society, it tends to remind us that we live in an armed camp, making war with a chaotic world, and that the criminals, the children of chaos, are nothing but the traitors within our gates. When the…
My father is a fan of Al Pacino and he always told me about a film where he was in called Serpico. I already knew the story of the film. It was about a policeman, Frank Serpico, who were the only honest man of his division, he believed in justice but all of the others around him were corrupt. He was the only one who doesn't accepted any kind of bribes, he not let himself take by greed and he had the courage to denounce the situation even knowing that everyone would turn against him. Sounds like a great story, but even with my dad always recommending me this film I don't know what took me so long to see…
Despite a narrative that spans years full of sub-plots and cul de sacs, there's not a single scene where you question its inclusion in the film!
An absorbing drama starring Al Pacino.
An excellent demonstration of how to show the passing of a chunk of time without interrupting the flow of the narrative - but of course, it's Sidney Lumet. Not your usual heroic cop film with the hero chasing and apprehending the criminals - this is a very different view of police life, and based on a biography of a real person with internal corruption as the theme. Not sure about the soundtrack - sounds like it was taken from a very different film. Some great headwear though.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
SHEEP DOGS HAVE BEEN IN MY FAMILY FOR SIXTEEN GENERATIONS.
THE FAMILY CREST IS THE IMAGE OF A SHEEP DOG PISSING INTO A GONDOLA.
My only problem is that I didn't encounter Sidney Lumet films until he was dead and gone. The man is one of the best directors who ever lived. A true stalwart of American cinema. If it weren't for a certain Francis Ford Coppola he would probably have the best track record of the 70's.
Pacino is frighteningly good in this also.
What I really need is for someone to compile all of Serpico's increasingly ridiculous undercover disguises all in one place; the orthodox Jew one is straight out of a dated Two Ronnie's sketch.
After the utterly wonderful Battles Without Honor and Humanity, it was great to remind myself that angry and vicious cinema wasn't only made in Japan at the time but that it came all over the world. Lumet's approach to societal issues is much calmer (yet explosive) than Fukasaku's but both could be considered some of the most intense voices of their film making generation. I don't think that Lumet's anger stays behind to such cinema radicals as Pasolini or Fassbinder. This kind of cinema is still needed but I'm not sure how many are prepared for it or willing to do it. Because this kind of cinema isn't the easiest one to produce without boring the audience. But Lumet the…
Amazing direction from Sidney Lumet and terrific perfomance from Al Pacino as the cleaner-as-water cop
Serpico, an Al Pacino movie that, until two days ago I hadn't heard of, is really rather good. At times Serpico is gripping, and the curve that the protagonist endures it often fascinating, with absolute believability. At times it is too slow, altering in central interest, but it always remains great fun - and, of course, Pacino and his moustache give brilliant performances.
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