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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.
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…
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…
Including Serpico I've now seen six of Sidney Lumet's films. I've enjoyed them all, but for now Serpico is my least favorite. It just wasn't as interest or entertaining as the five other films I've seen which include 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, Network, Find Me Guilty, and Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.
Al Pacino plays Jack Serpico, in this true story of a whistleblowing cop who exposed rampant corruption on the force only to have his comrades turn on him.
I got a lot more Sidney Lumet films to see, but this is easily my least favorite so far. Al Pacino's acting is excellent, but the story was a little boring, and I didn't like the numerous…
"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…
Sidney:Your gold shield's
Serpico: What's this for?
For being an honest cop?
Or for being stupid enough
to get shot in the face?
You tell them
they can shove it.
I don't want it.
Serpico is a true story about a cop who fights against the corruption in the police world.
Sidney Lumet he gets how to show the characters and their definitions of actions. Serpico who wants to be a detective someday. He is happy to be in the police force. But soon he comes to realize that it is all filled with corruption. Somebody is corrupt for their family, somebody because it is right and someone because there is lot of it.
How do you fight…
A fucking masterpiece.
Massively underrated. I really liked this film, and one of Pacino's very best performances in my opinion.
Was expecting more. Can't quite pin why I didn't care much for it.
Serpico is a solid detective story based on a true story about corruption within a New York police department, and the only moral officer that had the courage to expose it. There's no doubt that Al Pacino carried this entire movie with his believable and convincing lead, but in my opinion that made everything around him, characters and even story, pale in comparison. A few sections of the film felt irrelevant to the story and the pace slowed down too much for my taste at times, but Serpico is nonetheless worth seeing for Pacino's performance alone.
i've seen this?
Sidney Lumet's Serpico is as thrilling film as Dog Day Afternoon, only that here Pacino plays a cop, who takes on corruption within Police department, based on real events.
Pacino's performance in this highly appreciative film is mind-blowing. He has shown that together he can be as Don as Michael in The Godfather Part II '74 and good cop as good as Serpico.
A honest cop's story............
Pity that no-one can match up to Pacino in this cause he is on fire
So what happened to Al Pacino? He was the most vibrant, interesting actor of the 70s, and he is just a shade of his former self. I loved watching every scene of him explore and unfold his character, especially the changes he went through as the stress of his situation becomes unbearable.
It is a great time to revisit this film, given the reconsideration the United States is giving to how much power the police should have without oversight. Violent power should always be checked.
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