Serpico

Serpico ★★★½

FSDO 2018
Week 40: Editor - Dede Allen

Mostly the opposite of Dog Day Afternoon—it’s an honest cop taking on a corrupt system over the course of several years rather than a bank robber taking on cops over the course of a single day—and that might explain why I wasn’t as into this one. I like slow burns but this was much too slow, and too long. Pacino’s performance is great, as expected, and Lumet brings the 70s grit, but it still took a while to finish. Though I did really enjoy Pacino’s hair, and his giant sheepdog—I’d really like another film about the dog.