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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…
"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…
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…
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…
Probably the best combination of hair and beard ever put on screen. And Pacino's wardrobe in this? That's 5 stars alone right there.
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.
Gripping realistic police drama with an excellent, but quite domineering lead performance.
Serpico works as a gritty and almost journalistic representation of police corruption in New York City in the 70's, but more importantly it functions as a genuinely unsettling depiction of loneliness, isolation and profound hopelessness.
Not as great as I remembered it, but still a decent film. The few times Pacino turns it up to 11 are entertaining. It's an important true story about police corruption and one man who was truly fighting an uphill battle against a very powerful system. Pacino's hair and beard look great, effectively giving the feeling that lots of time is passing.
The movie overall felt a little ordinary and workmanlike. This can be a plus for those who dislike flashy filmmaking. "Serviceable" is probably the best word to describe the direction and cinematography.
I thought the biggest flaw was the music. Luckily there's not a lot of it, but when there is, it's weirdly loud and strange. One scene where Serpico visits a relative in a store is filled with this music so sentimental and loud, it almost made the scene play as a parody.
Al Pacino gives one of the all-time great performances.
A gritty gut wrenching performance by one of the great actors of all time. This movie has you from the from the almost deafening opening squeal of a police siren to the very quiet ending of Serpico sitting with his dog on the curb. Based on the biography of Frank Serpico this is a story about the corruption the the Police during the 1960's and early 70's. For me this is tough I love just about every Pacino there is especially during this time period. He is such a phenomenal actor I have a hard time narrowing down my favorite movie of his. Between The Godfather movies to A Scent of a Woman to A Dog Day afternoon to Serpico.…
Al Pacino at his best and the steady (if conservative hand) of Lumet come together with a solid screenplay to offer up a typical 1970s American story: a single individual resists conformity and goes against the power and prestige of a great institution in pursuit of a greater moral purpose. In the end, some progress is made, but the problems still exist for the viewer to reckon with. Some minor complaints (the melodrama with his girlfriend and wife aren't done well but serve their purpose), but overall a very solid movie.
I really enjoyed this film. Lumet did a great job of painting Serpico as a hero most people can enjoy. Pacino was great, and has inspired me to watch more of his films. I'll also try to watch some more Lumet now. Network is one of my favorite films, and after seeing this I can't wait to see what else he has to offer.
Now I don't normally do this because I usually don't care, but I have to ask: "What the hell is Al Pacino wearing in this film?" I don't know what the real life Frank Serpico actually wore, but something tells me the garish fashion sense Pacino has in the film was someone behind the production design's decision. He kind of looks like a metrosexual pirate who moonlights as a folk singer. This may seem like an arbitrary criticism, but when that was my more glaring sticking points, that seems like a good track record for the film.
Serpico tells the true story a forward thinking idealist of a cop who while serving for the city of New York, became a…
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