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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.


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5 December 1973 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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All (or nearly all) of the new police officers reporting for their first day at work are wearing plaid shirts. See more »


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Frank Serpico: I'm a marked man in this department. For what?
District Attorney Tauber: I've already arranged a transfer for ya'.
Frank Serpico: To where? China?
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Sure, The Godfather made Al Pacino a star, but Serpico kept him one
5 June 2003 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Al Pacino is one of the best actors around, and he has many definitive roles. His role as Frank Serpico is certainly one of them. He acts with such charm and smoothness in some scenes, while explosive and intense in others.

The movie gets into a big plot line about police corruption and Serpico blowing the whistle on the department. It's interesting and the whole point of the movie, but the reason this is such a good movie is because of the character, not the plot. The better scenes include Serpico's personal life and struggles. There's one great part where he explains to his girlfriend why he's always wanted to be a cop. It's scenes like those that make you sympathetic for him.

Sidney Lumet and Pacino made a great team for this movie, and proved to be a great team for Dog Day Afternoon a few years later. But as good as a director Lumet is, as good as everyone involved with this movie is, this is Pacino's movie. It's an essential viewing for his fans.

My rating: 9/10

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