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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…
Much like Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro's brilliant pairing in Mean Streets, Serpico is yet another perfect pairing between Sidney Lumet and Al Pacino, in a gritty, dirty cop drama, with a bar-setting performance from Pacino, himself. With no wasted scenes, precise dialogue, and an image of New York that still holds up to this day, Serpico makes a run at being a perfect classic film.
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It's not just that you'll concern and pity on Serpico for what he struggles to confine and prove out, but you'll also feel uncomfortable to see how even the power-handlers cornering him to voluntarily let go of everything as it is and ridding himself out. Quite shocking. Pacino proves to be badass, especially it's a Lumet's film. <3
I walked into this movie almost totally blind. A while back I added several Pacino movies to my watchlist, so other than the fact that he was in it and that it was about some cops, I had no idea what to expect.
I very much enjoyed watching him navigate a corrupt force, and I had no idea it was based on a true story until I was done watching.
It probably doesn't say great things for my employment history that I immediately related to Serpico being isolated as a man committed to his principles in a world of moral bankruptcy.
I really liked how they showed Serpico's affinity towards animals, a great character touch.
The scene in the hospital bed is some of Al Pacino's best, and subtlest, acting.
Serpico is an outstanding depiction of moral integrity and the unashamed desire for complete justice. The film, based on real life Frank Serpico, an officer who blew the whistle on police corruption in the 1970s, draws similar parallels to that of 2015's Oscar-winning Spotlight in its moral aims. Where Spotlight consists of a better cast and direction, Serpico is just as enthralling in its ability to share the confrontation faced with being a part of the very system in which you've found unjust. Pacino is outstanding in the lead role, helping to convey the distress this situation would have to have been. I have but few complaints, but one I found easy to make is the performance of Eda-Young's…
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-great performance by al pacino as usual
-cool story on him uncovering corruption in the police force
-i didnt feel like they showed enough corruption
-it was slow
-but very cool to see his frustrations and helplesness of corruption
Serpico continues the long line of movies where the reputation exceeds the actual quality of the film.
Along with many movies from the 70s, Serpico is far too long, unnecessarily convoluted and features Pacino indulging his worst acting tendencies.
Still, you can't deny the grittiness.
Fantastic look at police corruption in 70s NY and a steller Pacino performance.
Good movie with prime Pacino.
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