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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.

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Sidney Lumet

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Peter Maas (book), Waldo Salt (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Serpico
John Randolph ... Sidney Green
Jack Kehoe ... Tom Keough
Biff McGuire ... Captain McClain
Barbara Eda-Young Barbara Eda-Young ... Laurie (as Barbara eda-Young)
Cornelia Sharpe ... Leslie
Tony Roberts ... Bob Blair
John Medici John Medici ... Pasquale
Allan Rich ... D.A. Tauber
Norman Ornellas Norman Ornellas ... Rubello
Edward Grover ... Lombardo (as Ed Grover)
Albert Henderson Albert Henderson ... Peluce (as Al Henderson)
Hank Garrett ... Malone
Damien Leake ... Joey
Joseph Bova Joseph Bova ... Potts (as Joe Bova)
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Storyline

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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Country:

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Language:

English | Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

26 February 1974 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Serpiko See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$29,800,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Frank Serpico's nickname "Paco" is actually "Francis" in Spanish. "Paco" is short for "Francisco". See more »

Goofs

In the opening scenes, with the patrol car carrying Serpico to the hospital, the unit's emergency light has three red bulbs and one amber bulb as it spins. As the unit arrives at the hospital and they remove him from the back seat, the light has four red bulbs. See more »

Quotes

Leslie Lane: [feeling his gun as she's riding on the back of his motorcycle] What'ya need a gun for?
Frank Serpico: Didya ever hear of Barnum and Bailey?
Leslie Lane: Yeah.
Frank Serpico: Well, I'm their lion tamer.
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Alternate Versions

There is one Australian VHS version released through RCA Columbia Pictures Hoyts Home Video in the 1980's which had all profanity overdubbed with tamer language, as well as some scenes of sexuality/nudity. Subsequent releases on DVD are uncensored. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Aria di Rinuccio
(uncredited)
from "Gianni Schicchi"
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Al Pacino
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Pacino's breakthrough is a timeless classic that shouldn't be missed
13 January 2005 | by ed56See all my reviews

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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