7.72 h 10 min1973X-RayR
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.
Sidney Lumet
Al PacinoJohn RandolphJack Kehoe
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M. Emmet Walsh
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Khristine JacksonReviewed in the United States on August 2, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Frank Serpico
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I have seen this movie twice and it still holds up..! No doubt Al Pacino is one of the greatest actors of his generation.. Maybe even the King of his generation..!! Since the death of George Floyd this past summer 2020 this mysterious man has become a fixture again. He was a brave cop for what he did back in the day and nearly losing his life to boot..! One good cop verse's a system of bribe's,corruption and "I'll wash YOUR back..if YOU will wash mine"? Well I commend him and I must say that a younger generation of cop could learn from this man. Mr. Serpico is 84 years old and yes the dog that Al Pacino had in the movie is similar to Mr. Serpico's dog.. As we have seen very little has changed in the way of Law Enforcement and neither will their be a sea of change from the 1960's-2020.. I think that type of bribery may have shrunken due to a different Narcotic/Vice division, in how they investigate Drug dealer's and cash seizure's ...Even there was a case of a famous cop in NYC who worked with a crew of police officer's dating back to the 1970's-1980's that stole thousand's of dollar's from stash house's.. Not to drown out the review..It was nice seeing NYC as the gritty and sleazy 1970's that it was. The cast were really good.,varied generation of gifted supporting actor's like Tony Robert's who plays his best friend and the words of Mr. Serpico ..I will leave it like this "The Fight for Justice against Corruption is Never easy"..
EdmundReviewed in the United States on February 24, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A classic police movie
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The acting and storyline are 5-star! Few movies can rival it and none in the past two decades come anywhere close to equaling its drama, cinematography, directing and especially the acting, even the minor and supporting characters give stellar performances. The grit and grime of NYC during the 1970s almost jumps off of the screen into the viewers lap!
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Ken R.Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Still boring after all these years.
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About every ten years I try to watch Serpico. It never gets any better. It's still boring. Al is a great after, the rest of the cast is not. It's like a who's who of bad third rate hacks. And Lumet? Lumet has some great films: Dog Day Afternoon, Network, The Verdict - even Deathrap is watchable. Beyond that, Lumet just has stinker after stinker. He needs a great script - and he had very few of those to work with. Serpico just crawls. The script is terrible. The casting is terrible. So, good luck.
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MerryLarkReviewed in the United States on August 30, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great man, great movie
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Thanks to all who made this great movie and thanks to Serpico, the great man who lived it and continues to live and work for justice.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 30, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Movie about one man brave enough to
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This is a true story about a man brave enough to stand up against police corruption and with high ranking positions. He never gave up even when his life was threatened.
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