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?
When Serpico's next-door neighbor Laurie (Barbara Eda-Young
) sees him listening to opera music in his garden she asks, "Is that Björling?" Frank says, "It's Di Stefano." Both references were to operatic tenors Jussi Björling
and Giuseppe Di Stefano
, legendary singers from Sweden and Italy. See more
In the opening sequence of the movie that shows Serpico having been shot, it is raining heavily while he is being rushed to the hospital in the police cruiser. Towards the end of the movie where this sequence of events picks up again, it is not raining. See more
How long have you been with the BCI now, Serpico?
All my life.
That's long enough to know how we do things.
Barto, it's not just that.
[in a sarcastic tone
You don't like me!
BCI never had a weirdo cop before.
Barto, stop buggin' me!
Referenced in 'Serpico': Favorite Moments
Aria di Rinuccio
Written by Gianni Schicchi
Performed by Al Pacino See more