A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
The true story about an honest New York cop who blew the whistle on rampant corruption in the force only to have his comrades turn against him.
“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…
"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…
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…
"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…
Lumet is king. P.s Pacino looked so cool in this.
Scavenger Hunt 17 - August 2016
Task #11 - A film from the Heroes list of AFI's 100 Greatest Heroes & Villains.
"It's my life you fuck!"
Al Pacino was pretty unstoppable in the 70's. He's raw, explosive, natural, emotional and he completely steals the show. No list of the greatest actors of all time is complete without him on it. There is so much talent in his work with every little nuance that within seconds you forget that you're watching an actor. You completely buy into the characters he's portraying and with Serpico he created yet another memorable one. Based on a true story of one man's fight against corrupt system from the inside. He doesn't fit in.…
Me gusto la actuación de Al pacino, la historia estuvo entretenida, el primer acto fue lo que mas me gusto, mientras que el clímax estuvo algo flojo y con un final muy abierto, no eran necesarias las explicaciones finales del paradero de Serpico, pero si destaco la importancia de lucha contra la corrupción en las ramas estatales y las policíacas, la recomiendo mas por la actuación del protagonista ya mencionado.
This movie was a bit of a slog to get through. I get that Serpico is supposed to be an honest cop, but the movie kinda rubs it in our face the entire time and... it got old after a while. The action sequences were good, and the drama wasn't that bad. Serpico, in the film, wasn't an angel, and the scenes focusing on his personal life made sure we wouldn't forget that.
I enjoyed the movie despite my complaints, and it made me curious about Sidney Lumet's other work.
I recommend the film, but only if you're got quite a bit of patience.
È bello che esistano persone così!
Very good film by Sidney Lumet. Great action scenes, drama and a stunning performance by Al Pacino. Fans of the genre will enjoy it!
Pacino did a great Serpico, but I think mine was better.
Ein wahrer Filmklassiker, der allerdings auch heute noch zu begeistern weiß. Ein unglaublich junger Al Pacino drückt seiner Figur den Stempel auf und macht sie wahnsinnig glaubhaft. Das trägt einen Film, der sich eigentlich auch bloß um seine Figur dreht, was leider die Kehrseite der Medaillie ist.
Frank Ocean’s list of his 100 favorite films, as published in “Boys Don’t Cry” on the release of his album,…