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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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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.

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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The production budget was in the $2.5-3 million range. See more »

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At the apartment raid, Serpico is shown armed with an automatic sidearm, possibly a 9mm. However Frank Serpico has stated that this is incorrect and that he was carrying his trusty Smith & Wesson snub-nose .38 special as he always was (and the other officers were; this is a favorite of plainclothes and undercover officers as it is more easily concealed and drawn.) See more »

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Barto: How long have you been with the BCI now, Serpico?
Frank Serpico: All my life.
Barto: That's long enough to know how we do things.
Frank Serpico: Barto, it's not just that.
[in a sarcastic tone]
Frank Serpico: You don't like me!
Barto: BCI never had a weirdo cop before.
Frank Serpico: Barto, stop buggin' me!
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E Lucevan le Stelle
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from "Tosca"
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Giuseppe Di Stefano
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Serpico: A Name That Became Famous
3 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There have so many crooked-cops-themed films in the past 30 years that this film has lost a lot of its shock-and-awe. The long hair, wild clothes, beads, etc. really date this film, too, it being so early '70s in looks. It's almost become a "period piece" as if it were the Roaring Twenties except its the Sleazy Seventies.

All you have to do is look at the party scene in here and you'll get a glimpse at the early '70s, and most of it is not good. What IS good is Al Pacino's acting, of course. There have been very few films in which he starred that didn't displaying his acting talents to the fullest. This one, along with Dog Day Afternoon and few others, put him "on the map," making him a big star. He's been a "star" ever since.

This is a fairly long film but, like Pacino, it's rarely boring. The name of Pacino's character, "Serpico," has become synonymous with "honest cop." It demonstrates what a strong impact this movie had on millions of people.

Gritty? Yes. Profane? Yes; Memorable? Most definitely. When you speak of modern-day "classics," this film is one of them.


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