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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…
"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…
Produced in the immediate aftermath of Frank Serpico's shooting in 1971, Sidney Lumet's biopic captures the essence of police corruption from within a particular historical moment. It is a film of its time, putting a new spin on the American hero, by focusing on a significant figure who transformed himself from a clean-cut uniformed officer to a scruffy advocator for change. Serpico's progression is one that can be traced through the growth of his beard, although the level of enjoyment to be gained from the film extends beyond the wonders of his facial hair.
The film's successes are reliant on how much you can get behind Serpico and will him to succeed. One thing that often bugs me about biopics…
There's no doubt that Al Pacino was in a class of his own at one time and this film is certainly a reminder. While not his best film, its still entertaining. This selective biography on Frank Serpico never strays from the typical police procedural that many have seen before. Direction is well done even if the timeline seems more than a little choppy at times. This is the second film I've seen by director Sidney Lumet, with the other being Find Me Guilty.
Pacino won a well deserved Golden Globe for his performance in 1974, but I don't watch films because of a silly award. Yes I said silly. However, Pacino did all the heavy lifting in this one. He…
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…
Pacino is a legend for a reason.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I appreciate Lumet's dedication to the facts of the story (minus some minor changes for ease of storytelling) and the lack of melodrama or sensationalism. Pacino carries the film effectively and gives a supremely memorable performance. I would like to watch this again.
Muy buena. Con un Al Pachino espléndido y con una gran fotografía.
Ésta película representa muy bien, que los policias hacían no una gran corrupcion, sino un pequeño negocio ilegal.
The progression of Serpico is never boring. His sheepdog going from puppy to dog in a matter of seconds was one of my favourite time jumps. That and, Serpico going from hippy to suspect junkie. I joked to my boyfriend it probably only took a day for Pacino to grow a moustache anyway.
In the end, the story was quite distressing but Pacino saved it from being too brooding. He makes any straightforward story interesting.
Al Pacino loses his shit for two hours. It's fairly compelling stuff, seeing this weird guy who is totally incongruous with the graft and corruption in the police department, trying desperately to do his job, not giving an inch, on the brink of madness the whole time.
As a movie about the psychology of the title character, it's interesting, but too many of these sort of movies have the same epilogue: "and then the system fixed itself. THE END."
SERPICO isn't really about police corruption, or how it gets re-mediated. To tell that story, you need to go deeper than a whistleblower biography. Hell, the concept of whistleblowing is a misnomer. It sets up a dichotomy where we're led to…
Based on a true story of battling police corruption. Pacino is annoying. One of those movies that begins with the end. The way time passes is interesting.
I always found it funny the only people who have anything bad to say about Serpico are police officers.
That's not a good sign.
idk kinda slow and I lost interest sorry!
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