Great film.What can you say?Great performance by Al Pacino as cop Frank Serpico. Based on a true story about a dedicated by the book cop surrounded by corruption to the highest levels of the NYPD. Focuses on this whistle blowers tireless effort to fight police corruption.
I liked this cop/criminal story. It was well done. It is very violent. There is lots of sexuality. Thus, it is not good for children.
A true American classic. Serpico did indeed sacrifice his career to just principles, something one sees so infinitesimally today. I recall that the Knapp Commission on NYPD Corruption found that 88 percent of the NYPD was on the take, on the pad, bought and paid for.
Why not 100 percent? Because the other 12 percent had mundane duties and nothing of value to offer the mob, and other criminals.
IMHO this movie deserves its reputation as a classic.
Director Sidney Lumet sticks to the seedy side of New York in this biopic of whistleblower Frank Serpico who made national headlines after he went public with accusations of rampant corruption among his fellow NYPD officers. As the grungy, bearded Serpico (he preferred to work undercover), Al Pacino’s Oscar-nominated performance is a hyperkinetic mix of streetwise cop and outraged crusader whose frustrated tirades belie a deeper sense of betrayal as he sees his childhood ideals of what a policeman stands for shattered one by one. Supported by a cast of B-list mainstays and an evocative score by Mikis Theodorakis, this simple tale of an honest everyman going up against a dangerously complacent bureaucracy becomes a contemporary take on David & Goliath made all the more compelling because it really happened.
A true story about an honest cop. Al Pacino plays the police officer who refuses to extort money from businesses in his district. It is a great reminder that some men do stand up for the truth and honesty on the job.
It was cool to see a young Al Pacino starring in this biopic, directed by Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men, The Verdict, etc.). A difficult chapter in this New York cop's true life story. Serpico had incredible moral character.
See interesting NY Times piece, Serpico on Serpico
in the "where is he now" vein.
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