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Serpico -- Adapted by Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler from Peter Maas's book, Sidney Lumet's drama portrays the real-life struggle of an honest New York City cop against a corrupt system. Neophyte officer Frank Serpico (Al Pacino) is determined not to let his job get in the way of his individuality.


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Release Date:
5 December 1973 (USA) See more »
Many of his fellow officers considered him the most dangerous man alive - An honest cop.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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The first real power-house performance by Pacino, thirty years down the line still one of his finest See more (160 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Al Pacino ... Serpico

John Randolph ... Sidney Green
Jack Kehoe ... Tom Keough
Biff McGuire ... Captain McClain
Barbara Eda-Young ... Laurie (as Barbara eda - Young)
Cornelia Sharpe ... Leslie

Tony Roberts ... Bob Blair
John Medici ... Pasquale

Allan Rich ... D.A. Tauber
Norman Ornellas ... Rubello
Edward Grover ... Lombardo (as Ed Grover)
Albert Henderson ... Peluce (as Al Henderson)
Hank Garrett ... Malone

Damien Leake ... Joey
Joseph Bova ... Potts (as Joe Bova)
Gene Gross ... Captain Tolkin

John Stewart ... Waterman
Woodie King Jr. ... Larry (as Woodie King)

James Tolkan ... Steiger (as James Tolkin)
Ed Crowley ... Barto
Bernard Barrow ... Palmer
Sal Carollo ... Mr. Serpico
Mildred Clinton ... Mrs. Serpico
Nathan George ... Smith
Gus Fleming ... Dr. Metz
Richard Foronjy ... Corsaro
Alan North ... Brown
Lewis J. Stadlen ... Berman
John McQuade ... Kellogg (as John Mc Quade)
Ted Beniades ... Sarno
John Lehne ... Gilbert

M. Emmet Walsh ... Gallagher
George Ede ... Daley

Charles White ... Delaney
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

F. Murray Abraham ... Detective Partner (uncredited)
P.J. Benjamin ... Man (uncredited)
Don Billett ... Detective Threatening Serpico (uncredited)

Val Bisoglio ... Weapons Storage Officer (uncredited)
Raleigh Bond ... (uncredited)
John Brandon ... Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
James Bulleit ... Det. Styles (uncredited)
Roy Cheverie ... Cop (uncredited)

Sam Coppola ... Cop (uncredited)
Marjorie Eliot ... Rape Victim (uncredited)

René Enríquez ... Cervantes Teacher (uncredited)
Conard Fowkes ... Cop - Narcotics Raid (uncredited)
Frank Gio ... Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
Trent Gough ... Cop (uncredited)
Paul E. Guskin ... Police Academy Classmate (uncredited)

Nick Hardin ... Television Cameraman (uncredited)

Judd Hirsch ... Cop (uncredited)

Bianca Hunter ... (uncredited)
Richard Kuss ... Detective (uncredited)

Tony Lo Bianco ... Cop (uncredited)
George Loros ... Det. Glover (uncredited)

Kenneth McMillan ... Charlie (uncredited)
Stephen Pearlman ... Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Tim Pelt ... Black Hood (uncredited)
William Pelt ... Black Hood (uncredited)

Jay Rasumny ... Television Cameraman (uncredited)
Franklin Scott ... Black Prisoner (uncredited)
Tom Signorelli ... Bookmaker (uncredited)
Ben Slack ... Detective Sitting at Desk (uncredited)
Jaime Sánchez ... Cop (uncredited)

Tracey Walter ... Street Urchin (uncredited)

Mary Louise Weller ... Sally - Girl at Party (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Lumet 
Writing credits
Peter Maas (book)

Waldo Salt (screenplay) and
Norman Wexler (screenplay)

Produced by
Martin Bregman .... producer
Roger M. Rothstein .... associate producer
Dino De Laurentiis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Mikis Theodorakis 
Cinematography by
Arthur J. Ornitz (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dede Allen 
Richard Marks (co-editor)
Casting by
Shirley Rich 
Production Design by
Charles Bailey 
Art Direction by
Douglas Higgins 
Set Decoration by
Thomas H. Wright 
Costume Design by
Anna Hill Johnstone 
Makeup Department
Philip Leto .... hair stylist (as Phillip Leto)
Reginald Tackley .... makeup artist (as Redge Tackley)
Michael R. Thomas .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Martin Danzig .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Burtt Harris .... assistant director
Alan Hopkins .... assistant director
Art Department
Leslie Bloom .... set dresser (as Les Bloom)
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... property master (as Joe Caracciola)
Jack Hughes .... scenic artist
Robert Hart .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Edward Beyer .... sound editor
Richard P. Cirincione .... sound editor
Jack Fitzstephens .... sound editor (as John J. Fitzstephens)
Robert M. Reitano .... sound editor (as Robert Reitano)
Robert Rogow .... boom operator
James Sabat .... sound mixer (as James J. Sabat)
Dick Vorisek .... re-recordist (as Richard Vorisek)
Maurice Schell .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Maurice Schell .... foley editor (uncredited)
Frank Orsatti .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lou Barlia .... camera operator (as Louis Barlia)
Charles Kolb .... key grip
Willie Meyerhoff .... gaffer (as Willy Meyerhoff)
Joseph Di Pasquale .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Jim Hovey .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Michael Chinich .... extras casting (uncredited)
Don Phillips .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Clifford Capone .... wardrobe (as Clifford C. Capone)
Editorial Department
Ronald Roose .... assistant editor
Angelo Corrao .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Bob James .... conductor
Bob James .... music arranger
Transportation Department
Raymond Hartwick .... transportation gaffer
Other crew
B.J. Bjorkman .... script supervisor (as B.J. Bachman)
Dino De Laurentiis .... presenter
Shari Leibowitz .... production secretary (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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130 min | Spain:113 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Finland:K-15 (DVD rating) | Germany:12 (re-rating) (2006) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (tv rating) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) (2003) | USA:R (MPAA rating: certificate #23806) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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According to Sidney Lumet, Al Pacino always needed to be in the character's state of mind in any given scene and could not shed that state off camera, so he behaved accordingly at all times, either happy, joking, and laughing for a lighthearted scene or angry and lashing out at everyone if the scene they were working on called for that behavior.See more »
Continuity: In the opening scenes with the patrol car carrying Serpico to the hospital, the unit's emergency light has 3 red bulbs and one amber bulb as it spins. As the unit arrives at the hospital and as they remove him from the back seat the light has 4 red bulbs.See more »
Frank Serpico:[Lombardo has fallen] You okay?
Insp. Lombardo:Yeah... makes me feel like a cop again.
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67 out of 81 people found the following review useful.
The first real power-house performance by Pacino, thirty years down the line still one of his finest, 9 June 2003
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Sidney Lumet proved himself to be a highly competent and effective director/storyteller for the true story of New York Officer Frank Serpico, who became famous after appearing to testify before the NAPA Commission about payoffs and corruption in the Police Department. At the time, it was unheard of, and it gained Peter Maars attention to write the book, which thus got transferred to the screen as so. But what makes Serpico such a riveting and eye catching picture today are the little things about it, little details in specific scenes and locations that help ring Serpico's emotions far more than true- it's just there. Even more amazing on the part of the actual filming of the movie is that it was at the time filmed backwards (started with the beard, then the mustache, then clean-shaven).

Al Pacino, right off of the first part of the Godfather trilogy, took this role with all the fire and compassion that he had in him. He sees in Serpico not just an honest cop wanting some balance and honor in his work, yet also a man, who can get as joyful and humorous as he can act subtle, furious, and thoughtful. This will always remain one of his stand-out roles after all the Scarfaces and Scent of a Woman pictures he can do because he, as well as Lumet, know how to approach such a saga. Plenty of great, compelling set pieces, and even sweet ones (like when he first buys the sheepdog as a puppy). A+

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