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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…
"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…
Serpico is a simple movie that's very effective at achieving what it sets out to do. The story paints broad strokes in regards to the theme of the film, but the end message is clear and powerful. Serpico depicts the consequences an individual faces when he tries to go against the system. If you are a fan of a show like The Wire, you will like Serpico.
This is why 4.5 stars:
Argument for 5: In general, I give 5 stars for movies that are either virtually flawless, OR really do something for me- trigger an intense emotional reaction, enlighten, or cause me to think about something. This movie falls in the latter for me. An intense look into morality, corruption, and human struggle, as well as an important film that looks into and enlightens regarding a huge, relevant issue. I finished it less than an hour and am already thinking about the American power structure, and the concept of not being able to do good no matter how hard you try. For this, I want to give Serpico all 5 stars (hah, kind of embarrassing that…
Pacino is generally good throughout, but not amazing. Rest of the cast is adequate, no standout performances, but there weren't really any to give. A bit dull at times, but overall it's a good film.
I loved the movie, but I find the beginning a bit misconducting. Also I didn't get the breaking up scene, she obviously wanted him to run after her.
Ps. Paco stays for Pacino, right?
That old VHS had been containing so much manliness for all this years?
It is now generally accepted that the 1970s was the great decade for American cinema and Serpico was a landmark film...therefore it must be one of the great American films. But I find it a bit dull, all a bit easy and obvious. But I remember seeing it when I was a teenager in the late 1970s and thinking it was superb. There is a 1970s roughness about it, the sense that we are out on the streets in the real world, not the film studio, and it seemed to be saying something Big about Society...but maybe it is finally a fairly cosy genre movie. In flashbacks we follow Serpico (Al Pacino)’s career in the police force: he is a…
Pacino the crime boss, Pacino the gay bank robber, Pacino the blindman, Pacino the honest cop.
"I CAN SHOUT ANYWHERE!"
This film feels a bit dated now...but brings in a bit of nostalgia...
The film wasnt that great...and the acting wasnt upto Pacino's 10/10 standard's throughout the movie...but still quite a nice watch.
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