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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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  (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
Dino De Laurentiis .... executive producer (as A Dino De Laurentiis Film)
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 (casting)
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)
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130 min | Spain:113 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Argentina:18 | Australia:R18+ (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)

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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 »
Continuity: During the shooting gallery scene, Frank and a few other cops are practicing their marksmanship. All the bays are full except for bay two, which has the shooters table up, to allow access to the gallery itself. In the reverse scene, the table is down.See more »
Tom Keough:Now I ain't sayin' who. They just said ya'... ya' couldn't be trusted, you know?
Frank Serpico:'Cause I don't take money, right?
Tom Keough:Frank, let's face it. Who can trust a cop who don't take money?
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44 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Pacino Shines in Classic Grim & Gritty Crime Biopic, 25 April 2005
Author: Dorian Tenore-Bartilucci (dtb) from Whitehall, PA

I'd been wanting to see SERPICO for some time; this real-life crime drama based on Peter Maas' nonfiction bestseller about an honest cop fighting corruption in the NYPD was one of the few grim-and-gritty New York crime dramas that my older brother didn't take me to see when I was a kid! :-) (I should explain that my brother, 9 years my senior, used to take me to the kind of movies he wanted to see -- films like TAXI DRIVER, REPORT TO THE COMMISSIONER, etc. Fortunately, I developed a taste for them as well, though our mother didn't think they were really appropriate for a girl as young as I was then. :-) No wonder this film helped young Al Pacino's then-rising star (he was fresh off THE GODFATHER when he began filming SERPICO) to soar to the stratosphere, complete with an Oscar nomination. Pacino's earnest intensity fuses Frank Serpico's disparate qualities into a spellbinding performance. The guy is a bundle of contradictions, the kind of man who could charm you, move you, and drive you crazy at the same time: a nice Catholic boy who can't commit to any of the devoted women in his life; an honest, downright rigid moralist who's also a free spirit known as "Paco" to his friends and lovers; and an undercover cop with detective aspirations whose hippie-like appearance rankled his superiors and fellow officers even as it helped him blend in on assignments. Pacino's riveting performance carries the film, with fine support by John Randolph, Tony Roberts, M. Emmet Walsh, Barbara eda-Young and Cornelia Sharpe, not to mention memorable uncredited turns by F. Murray Abraham, Judd Hirsch, Kenneth McMillan, and Tony LoBianco, among others. Sidney Lumet's taut direction of the script by Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler does Maas' source material proud, as well as taking advantage of evocative NYC locations (just try getting this kind of atmosphere in Canada, I dare you! :-). The sparing use of simple yet haunting music by Mikis Theodorakis sets the tone well. The end result: one of the best films of the 1970s and beyond. Rent the DVD to see some fascinating extras about the making of the film and the filmmakers' experiences with Frank Serpico himself, including interviews with Lumet and producer Martin Bregman (no Pacino, alas).

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