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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.
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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Pacino's breakthrough is a timeless classic that shouldn't be missed See more (169 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 (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 
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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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)

Did You Know?

Associate Producer Roger Rothstein gave Sidney Lumet high marks as "a tremendously organized director" who was able to motivate everyone to do as many as 35 set-ups in a single day.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Serpico is being rushed to the hospital in a Police car at the very beginning, the uniformed officer's collar brass says "73," indicating they are from the 73rd Precinct. Yet, when the car reaches hospital, the Radio car is painted "82nd" Precinct. BTW: both Precinct's are fictitious.See more »
[Given a detective's gold badge]
Frank Serpico:What's this for? For bein' an honest cop? Hmm? Or for being stupid enough to get shot in the face? You tell them that they can shove it.
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Movie Connections:
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56 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
Pacino's breakthrough is a timeless classic that shouldn't be missed, 13 January 2005
Author: ed56 from Israel

Serpico, directed by Sydney Lumet at the peak of his career, and also launched Al Pacino into a star status. The story follows Frank Serpico, an ambitious and idealist policeman from his first days at the police force as he is exposed to a routine police corruption and to his final days in the force as he invests all his energy in fighting these corruptions. Al Pacino's Performance as Serpico is one of the best in his career, he plays it so cool and professional that it's easy to forget that back in 1973 he was still at the beginning of his career. He makes character of Frank Serpico unforgettable. The film itself is very credible and honest with no clichés that are often appear in this kind of genre. New York has got a terrific look here. every place in this film whether it's bars or shops or buildings is memorable. Overall this makes for a very unique cinematic experience and shouldn't be missed by any movie fan. Well Recommended. 10/10

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