Serpico

Serpico

Director: Sidney Lumet Cast: Al Pacino, Tony Roberts, Jack Kehoe

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Overview

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. Despite his colleagues' leery reactions, he keeps one foot firmly planted in the counterculture, sporting a beard and love beads and living in bohemian Greenwich Village, while he performs his police duties with dispatch. Serpico's peers genuinely ostracize him, however, when he refuses to take bribes like everybody else. Appalled by the extent of police corruption, Serpico goes to his superiors, but when he discovers that they have ignored his charges, he takes the potentially fatal step of breaking the blue wall of silence and going public with his exposé. Serpico's revelations trigger an independent investigation by the Knapp Commission, but they also make him a marked man, permanently changing his life. Shot on location with a gritty emphasis on documentary-style realism, Serpico presents a city in decay both literally and morally, as everybody is in on the take, and the cops and criminals are almost interchangeable. Released in late 1973, after months of revelations of Presidential malfeasance in the breaking Watergate scandal, Serpico's true story of bureaucratic depravity touched a cultural nerve, and the film became a hit with both critics and audiences, particularly for Pacino's complex performance as the honest, long-haired whistleblower. One year after his star-making triumph in The Godfather, Pacino was nominated for an Oscar again, and lost again; Lumet and Pacino would reunite two years later for another true New York story, Dog Day Afternoon.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/24/2017
UPC: 0032429287236
Original Release: 1973
Rating: R
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:10:00
Sales rank: 5,095

Special Features

Closed Caption; Serpico: Real to Reel; Inside Serpico; Serpico: favorite moments; Photo gallery with commentary by director Sidney Lumet

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Al Pacino Frank Serpico
Tony Roberts Bob Blair
Jack Kehoe Tom Keough
Cornelia Sharpe Leslie
Barbara Eda-Young Laurie
Lewis J. Stadlen Berman
James Tolkan Steiger
M. Emmet Walsh Gallagher
Kenneth McMillan Short Order Man
John Randolph Chief Sidney Green
Biff McGuire Capt. McClain
F. Murray Abraham Detective Partner (uncredited)
Don Billett Detective Threatening Serpico
Edward Grover Lombardo
Allan Rich D.A. Tauber
Franklin Scott Black Prisoner
Mary Louise Weller Girl
Joe Bova Potts
Tim Pelt Actor
John Medici Pasquale Serpico
Albert Henderson Peluce
Hank Garrett Malone
Damien Leake Joey
Ed Crowley Barto
Bernard Barrow Palmer
Sal Carollo Mr. Serpico
Mildred Clinton Mrs. Serpico
Nathan George Detective Smith
Richard Foronjy Corsaro
Alan North Brown
Ted Beniades Sarno
Rene Enriquez Actor
Judd Hirsch Actor
John Stewart Waterman
Norman Ornellas Rubello
Gene Gross Capt. Tolkin
John Lehne Gilbert
George Ede Daley
Charles White Commissioner Delaney

Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director
Dede Allen Editor
Charles Bailey Production Designer
Bob James Musical Direction/Supervision
Martin Bregman Producer
Burtt Harris Asst. Director
Douglas Higgins Art Director
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Marks Editor
Arthur Ornitz Cinematographer
James J. Sabat Sound/Sound Designer
Waldo Salt Screenwriter
Reginald Tackley Makeup
Mikis Theodorakis Score Composer
Richard Vorisek Sound/Sound Designer
Norman Wexler Screenwriter
Thomas H. Wright Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Serpico
1. Courage And Integrity
2. We Take The Collar
3. The B.C.I.
4. Everybody Love You
5. Undercover Work
6. The Two Of Us
7. A Note From Joyce Max
8. Houndstooth Clean
9. The Wise King
10. Partners
11. Priorities Outside The Department
12. Alone
13. Confidential Investigation
14. It Just Goes On And On
15. I'll Work With You
16. Outside Agencies
17. Serious Money
18. Conspicuous Recognition

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Serpico 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this movie alot , didnt think i would like but im a BIG FAN of al pacino so i had to get this movie to see what it was about. when i poped it in my dvd player and watched it it was just fantastic great actin...but sad to here that its a true story ...2 thumbs up for sure
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS MOVIE WAS JUST GREAT...ALL AROUND OF APPLAUSE OF EVERYONE ...INVOLVED ... ITS STILL SHOCKING TO ME THAT THIS MOVIE WAS A REAL STORY LINE...I HAVE THIS MOVIE AND WATCH IT OFTEN ...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had the opportunity to meet ex-officer Frank Serpico in Europe in the late 1970's. He was living in Holland at the time, and he still had the bullet in his head from the failed attempt by his colleagues to have him murdered. Serpico loved his job, and was dedicated to giving it 100% on a daily basis. While it is indeed true that New York City and the NYPD have come a long, long way, the gritty reality of this movie and the gutsy, brilliant acting by Pacino will remain testimony to historical fact that can never be brushed away. Or forgotten. Terrific movie. Superb acting. Well worth the time to see it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first true Pacino tour de force, even more so than THE GODFATHER. Almost 30 years after its debut, this classic plays fresh and untiring. Sidney Lumet's masterwork is also one of the best cop films ever made. Powerful lead and supporting performances and an articulate screenplay by Waldo Salt and Norman Wexlerare all inclusive in the roll call of greatness.