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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…
Mi primer Lumet y ni tan mAl Pacino.
Still contains what is likely my favorite Pacino performance.
En mi opinión, lo que mas se destaca o se puede apreciar de la película es a Frank Serpico y su honestidad, quizás si hubieran agregado o desarrollado otros personajes hubiera sido mas interesante la cosa y los parejas de Serpico me parecieron que dentro de la historia fue muy irrelevante.
After hearing much about this film I finally got the chance to see it. The basic plot is that Frank Serpico is a clean cop who is surrounded by corruption.
Al Pacino absolutely steals the show here. The rest of the actors are by no means bad in this film, but you really get the sense that that Pacino is in a completely different class, He does well playing the eccentrically dressed outsider.
If you are looking for action, you won't be getting all that much here. The movie examines the daily life of a clean cop on a dirty police force and the effect it has on both his personal life and his career.
Favorite scene: Near the end…
Sidney Lumet was a master craftsman. And Al Pacino is a true legend.
Al Pacino doesn't just steal the show, he is the show. The fact that I can still be engaged by a performance that's nearly 50 years old speaks volumes about Pacino and this movie as a whole. It's insane to think you can be the only good guy in a room yet still be considered the bad guy, and this movie tackles that idea brilliantly.
A fantastic social commentary on corruption and the greed of men, and the resulting mob mentality of "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em", Serpico is timeless. The way each scene is framed: showing you everything and telling you only the bare minimum of what you need to know, shows masterful filmmaking by the talented hands of Sidney Lumet. The lack of score in all the right places had me smiling like an idiot: I'm a sucker for silent intensity.
A nearly perfect '70s masterpiece.
Al Pacino - the cop you can trust that doesn't take money!
A good performance from the hollywood legend who perfectly plays the balance of frustration with desire to perform duty as a frustrated cop who is whiter than white.
Lange ist das Anfangsbild noch schwarz, während Polizeisirenen dem Zuschauer durch Mark und Bein gehen, dann das erste Bild des blutenden Serpico und die Frage „Do you think a cop did it?“ Ein großartiger Einstieg. „Serpico“ ist ein Meilenstein des Cop-Films – inszeniert nach wahren Ereignissen von Meisterregisseur Sidney Lumet mit Al Pacino in der Hauptrolle. Diesem 70er Jahre-Brocken wollten sich die Üblichen Verdächtigen Hendrik und Thomas nicht ohne Unterstützung nähern: Patrick und David von den Medien-Nomaden helfen uns diesen manchmal spröden aber durchgehend sehenswerten Film einzuordnen. schoener-denken.de/blog/serpico_sidney-lumet-medien-nomaden/
Working as a uniformed patrolman, Frank Serpico excels at every assignment. He moves on to plainclothes assignments, where he slowly discovers a hidden world of corruption and graft among his own colleagues. After witnessing cops commit violence, take payoffs, and other forms of police corruption, Serpico decides to expose what he has seen, but is harassed and threatened by his peers. His struggle leads to infighting within the police force, problems in his personal relationships, and his life being threatened. Finally, after being shot in the face during a drug bust on February 3, 1971, he testifies before the Knapp Commission, a government inquiry into NYPD police corruption between 1970 and 1972. After receiving a New York City Police Department Medal of Honor and a disability pension, Serpico resigns from the force and moves to Switzerland.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…