Serpico is a cop in the 1960s-early 1970s. Unlike all his colleagues, he refuses a share of the money that the cops routinely extort from local criminals. Nobody wants to work with Serpico, and he's in constant danger of being placed in life threatening positions by his "partners". Nothing seems to get done even when he goes to the highest of authorities. Despite the dangers he finds himself in, he still refuses to 'go with the flow', in the hope that one day, the truth will be known. Written by
Many of his fellow officers considered him the most dangerous man alive - An honest cop.
Did You Know?
The film was shot in reverse order. Al Pacino
began with long hair and a beard, then for each scene, his hair and beard were trimmed bit by bit until he became clean-cut. See more
Prisoners "chain gang" being led into the Paddy Wagon at beginning, had both male and female prisoners on the same "chain," and transporting both sexes in the same wagon. This was absolutely forbidden by the NYPD, then, and now. See more
Now I ain't sayin' who. They just said ya'... ya' couldn't be trusted, you know?
'Cause I don't take money, right?
Frank, let's face it. Who can trust a cop who don't take money?
Referenced in CSI: NY: Snow Day
E Lucevan le Stelle
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Giuseppe Di Stefano See more