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Release Date:
1974 (Peru) See more »
Many of his fellow officers considered him the most dangerous man alive - An honest cop.
An honest New York cop named Frank Serpico blows 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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Realistic movie with a gripping and gritty story. See more (170 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
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
Dino De Laurentiis .... executive producer
Roger M. Rothstein .... associate producer
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)
Whitey Hughes .... stunts (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)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Argentina:18 | Australia:R (original rating) | Australia:M (re-rating) (1984) | Brazil:12 | Finland:K-15 (DVD rating) | Germany:12 (re-rating) (2006) | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | 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)

Did You Know?

After spending a lot of time with Al Pacino as he prepared for the role, the real Serpico wanted to remain on the set during filming. Producer Martin Bregman said he had to hurt Serpico's feelings and ordered him to leave because he believed that his presence would prove a distraction.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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 »
Tom Keough:Frank, let's face it, who can trust a cop that won't take money?See more »
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23 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Realistic movie with a gripping and gritty story., 22 July 2005
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

The movie tells the true story of Frank 'Paco' Serpico who was about the only honest cop of the entire New York police department at his time. The movie provides a realistic view in the corrupt and tough world of the New York police and tells the story of Serpico in an intriguing and realistic, perhaps maybe even documentary like way.

"Serpico" is a movie with a typical fantastic '70's atmosphere and it's a movie that still holds up today. This is mainly thanks to the fantastic story of the movie and the way it is told. Yep, they really don't make movies like this anymore. I think "Serpico" may already be regarded as a 'classic'.

Actually the story itself or concept isn't that terribly original compared to many other movies from the same period. Still this movie distinct itself from most of those movies, thanks to the perfect directing from Sidney Lumet. Also Pacino's acting and the fact that his movie is based on a true story makes this movie better than most others. Lumet and Pacino continued working together and later made the even better "Dog Day Afternoon" together.

But fair is fair, even though Pacino is fantastic, this is far from his best role. The 'explosion' he later used for his characters in movies is still missing here and it seems like he's holding back. I also think that his Oscar nomination he deserved for this movie was also a bit too much credit for him. Pacino was just a young beginning actor at the time (He had just done his first big role and movie; "The Godfather".) and he obviously had still a lot of learning to do.

The rest of the cast consists out of unknown actors (with the exception of apparently Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham in one of his first small movie roles, to be honest I didn't even noticed him.) but for a movie like this a cast with unknown actors work really well. It keeps the focus on the movie's its intriguing story better.

Apparently there is a lot of hate for it but I really liked the musical score by Mikis Theodorakis. It was really fitting with the movie its atmosphere.

All in all this is a already 'classic' typical '70's cop flick in the style of, for instance "The French Connection" and is an absolute must see.


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