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
Serpico and Lombardo rapidly descend a shaky metal fire escape system without making a sound or alerting the lookout man, who only notices them when they fall to the pavement beside him. See more
Capt. Insp. McClain
Frank, has anyone ever told you that you have a tendency toward self-pity?
No, you're the first.
Referenced in Saturday Night Fever
Aria di Rinuccio
Written by Gianni Schicchi
Performed by Al Pacino See more