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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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money | corruption | police | drugs | 1960s | See more »

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

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Serpiko  »

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The large cruise ship that is behind Serpico in the end credits is the S.S. France, which later was purchased by Norwiegian Cruise lines and re-named the S.S. Norway. She was first launched in 1960, and continued her career until about 2006, when she was sold, anchored off the coast of India, and slowly taken apart for scrap. See more »

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Serpico was shot in his face and operated on. He subsequently wakes up after the operation with his beard intact. The hospital would have shaved it to cure the injuries caused by a bullet trespassing his cheek. See more »

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Gun shop owner: That gun takes a 14 shot clip. You expecting an army?
Frank Serpico: No. Just a division.
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Aria di Rinuccio
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Written by Gianni Schicchi
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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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