All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
Al Pacino was great. I really liked the character of serpico and his arc, from the guy talking about ballet to distancing himself from everyone. It was tragic.
I love New York in the 70s. It's just magic.
Visual strategy seemed to include a heavy use of wide lenses, perhaps about how serpico is deep in this, uncomfortably so at times, in the shit; not spying or watching from far away through voyeuristic long lenses, but right there, in it. Could also be the immensity of the corruption?
One of the best - if not the best - cop movies ever made.
Tell me different and I'll put one in your back.
Al Pacino was quite simply brilliant as Frank Serpico in this crime drama film directed by Sidney Lumet. I've liked other Lumet efforts and I did like Serpico, however it was just a little slow at times and I wasn't particularly interested in the other characters. Despite this, Serpico is worth a watch, especially for Pacino's performance.
Serpico is the Sidney Lumet/Al Pacino show. The gritty story, the pace, the editing, it's all amazing. Accompany that with Pacino's epic performance and you are clustered to your screen.
Serpico really met the expectations I had for it and I'm glad I've finally watched it. The way you see Frank change is amazing. I also really dug the fact that he is suppose to be the good guy but he is not likeable at all. He's just meh. He is obsessed with cleaning out the corruption. I love this character.
Al Pacino, either stop acting or watch one of your old films to remind yourself that you can act.
Pacino y un guión de aquí a la luna.
Frank, let's face it. Who can trust a cop who don't take money?
My first introduction to Serpico was actually the It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia episode Bums Making A Mess All Over The City, where Dennis gets a cop car from a junkyard, and won't let Charlie impersonate police officers with therm, so Charlie goes Serpico to expose them.
Outside of that, I had never even heard of the movie. I didn't know what this movie was about, let alone anything I should expect from it.
The movie tells a gripping story of corruption in the police force of 1960s New York. The story opens up with Serpico being brought to the hospital, with speculation of whether or not he had been shot by a fellow police officer. This fades to the…
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“Serpico” is a perfect illustration of why the 1970s is my favorite decade for American filmmaking. It is far from the best American film made during the seventies, yet is so much better than most films from any other decade. Director Sidney Lumet (also responsible for other classics from the decade like “Network” and “Dog Day Afternoon”) was the perfect choice to direct this film for his mastery of producing a palpable immediacy in his films that nevertheless feels wholly realistic and natural to the story. While always riveting and intense, his films feature hardly a second of flash or contrivance. The settings, clothing, camerawork, and acting all serve the purpose of bringing the viewer right in to the events…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Lifted from Mubi. All credit for the list goes to @LaursKemp.
[I added Brewster McCloud, HealtH, and Modern Romance]