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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…
When I was a kid I must have read Serpico by Peter Maas a dozen times. Real life cop stories fascinated me; Books like Super Cops (also a movie) were staples of mine in middle school. As I got older and finally was able to see the movie I realized that weeding out corruption was important, not just because violence was “cool.”
As usual Al Pacino is great in most any role that he plays. Frank Serpico is a New York rookie cop that refuses to go on the take, and this makes him a marked man in the NYPD. He travels from precinct to precinct trying to simply live his life and is always harassed.
Sidney Lumet is again great at creating a great atmosphere of paranoia and Serpico’s life of continual stress. If you enjoy true life drama then Serpico is for you.
Like a lot of biopics this suffers from some clunky structuring. Luckily it's pretty limited to the first 30-45 minutes or so and it serves to do some wonderful character building. Once it settles into the main story line it's fantastic, impossible to look away from. Amazing performance from Pacino and bonus points for all those sweet looks he's serving up.
An absolute classic for good reasons, with Pacino on top form as the seemingly lone cop wanting corruption wiped out of the police force.
Someone could have made a very hokey inspirational good guy vs bad guy film with this story but this is not that. It's gritty, dark, and the hero is far from perfect. I love that the film is ostensibly about a good cop trying going against everything to root out police corruption, but it's really just as much about not fitting into a certain culture. Frank Serpico is already a bit removed from his colleagues for accepting the 1970's counterculture in his interests, and especially his amazing wardrobe and facial hair. He stands out amongst the cops. But only someone living in that culture, with that mindset, would have been able to come forward against all odds and make the…
It seems like a honest attempt at portraying a true story about corruption in the police force. It definitely feels real. I've done a little research on the story and I think that the movie is on point for the most part.
Back when Al Pacino was serious.
very much in the same vein as Dog Day Afternoon the previous collaboration between Lumet and Al Pachino, Serpico is a true to life story with a social conscience. This movie work very well, telling a story that organically unfolds over the course of years, with genuinely human moments punctuated by tense scenes that don't push past the bounds of verisimilitude.
Certainly one of my favorite Pacino performances. Plus a remarkable story of police corruption left unchecked.
Score was good, Al Pacino was really good.
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