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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…
"The fight for justice against corruption is never easy. It never has been and never will be. It exacts a toll on our self, our families, our friends, and especially our children. In the end, I believe, as in my case, the price we pay is well worth holding on to our dignity."
Police corruption is a controversial topic that has been treated many times but It's the first time I've seen it in depth. This is a story of an honest cop who gave everything to do the right thing despite being surrounded by corruption all over the departments he is transferred to.
Definitely Al Pacino is my favorite actor ever, he is just too charismatic and always delivers great performances, this time he is superb as Frank Serpico.
The Masters of Cinema Blu-Ray this came on was so ungodly beautiful, it made the differences between Frank's home life and work so crystal clear just from the imagery alone!
Al Pacino interpreta con maestría a Serpico, un policía honrado y honesto que denuncia la corrupción existente en varios departamentos de policía de una decadente e inmoral Nueva York de principios de los 70, retratada de forma brillante por Sidney Lumet.
'Serpico' sirve como ejemplo de que es posible luchar por mantener unos principios éticos en un ambiente inmoral e indecente, y que incluso es posible erradicarlos, aunque el precio a pagar sea muy alto.
Finally got around to watching Sidney Lumet's Serpico and I can't say I was too impressed.
Sure, there's the classic Pacino performance; the brilliance and perfection of his ability to harness and exude all of that nervous/anxious energy, as if he's the last rational person on Earth, into a wholly compelling performance is on display. Always at his wit's end, slowly building to an explosion of frustration.
All the other performances are differing shades of serviceable, along with the score and the camerawork. There's a couple of sequences that stick out, visually-speaking, but most of it is standard fare.
Honestly, it's two hours of Pacino lamenting and whining about corruption and saying "I don't take money" over and over again while donning an ever-changing array of hats and facial hair.
Recommended if you want some Pacino or hats or Pacino in hats or hats on Pacino....also, sheep dogs.
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.
Second time I've seen Serpico but the first on Blu-Ray, It still stood up for me pretty well. Pacino is on top form and even though he does get "shouty" in this it works for the character when he's on edge. The only negative I would say is that it takes a long time to get the the real whistleblowing moments. Sidney Lumet deserves more recognition and as with a lot of his stuff, he shoots old New York with a real feeling of authenticity.
If you haven't seen it, it's a very good piece of American 70's cinema.
Love the soundtrack, great performance by Pacino, interesting look at corruption.
I don't know why it has taken me so long to catch up with this one, but Lumet and Pa Cino are really at the top of their game here.
On it's surface Serpico is a film about right and wrong, corruption and one man's fight against it. But at it's heart Serpico is a character study.
Pa Cino's performance in this reminds me Gene Hackman in the Conversation. Frank Serpico's frustration in his fight to rid the police force of corruption reminds me so much of Gene Hackman's characters in The Conversation.
Like Coppola in The Conversation, Serpico's struggle against the world is portrayed so powerfully by Sydney Lumet throughout that you almost feel as though you are experiencing Serpico's frustration yourself.
For me this film though is all about Pa Cino's performance and the Godfather series aside I really do feel as it's his best. A really powerful film that I really enjoyed.
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