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Serpico (1973)

R  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  5 December 1973 (USA)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Kehoe ...
Biff McGuire ...
Barbara Eda-Young ...
Laurie (as Barbara eda - Young)
Cornelia Sharpe ...
John Medici ...
Norman Ornellas ...
Edward Grover ...
Lombardo (as Ed Grover)
Albert Henderson ...
Peluce (as Al Henderson)
Hank Garrett ...
Joseph Bova ...
Potts (as Joe Bova)


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 Rob Hartill

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Many of his fellow officers considered him the most dangerous man alive - An honest cop.


Biography | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

5 December 1973 (USA)  »

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Serpiko  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Shot on 104 different locations in every borough of New York City except Staten Island. See more »


As the cops are monitoring the drug dealer's apartment near the end of the movie, there is a French Renault Dauphine parked in the front of the building. The Dauphine disappears after Frank enters the building. The gray car parked across the sidewalk on the other side of the street disappears as well, once the police bust the 2 users leaving the building. See more »


Frank Serpico: I own a sheep dog.
Girl: Uh-huh.
Frank Serpico: Sheep dogs have been in my family... for sixteen generations! Dating back to the Borgias...
Girl: [laughing] Oh, shit!
Frank Serpico: The family crest... is the image of a sheep dog, pissing into a gondola.
Girl: Shit!
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Pacino's breakthrough is a timeless classic that shouldn't be missed
13 January 2005 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

Serpico, directed by Sydney Lumet at the peak of his career, and also launched Al Pacino into a star status. The story follows Frank Serpico, an ambitious and idealist policeman from his first days at the police force as he is exposed to a routine police corruption and to his final days in the force as he invests all his energy in fighting these corruptions. Al Pacino's Performance as Serpico is one of the best in his career, he plays it so cool and professional that it's easy to forget that back in 1973 he was still at the beginning of his career. He makes character of Frank Serpico unforgettable. The film itself is very credible and honest with no clichés that are often appear in this kind of genre. New York has got a terrific look here. every place in this film whether it's bars or shops or buildings is memorable. Overall this makes for a very unique cinematic experience and shouldn't be missed by any movie fan. Well Recommended. 10/10

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