Serpico [DVD] [1973]

  • SKU: 33426102
  • Release Date: 10/24/2017
  • Rating: R
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5 out of 5)

Special Features


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

Synopsis


Serpico
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. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Al Pacino
    Al Pacino - Frank Serpico
  • Tony Roberts
    Tony Roberts - Bob Blair
  • Jack Kehoe
    Jack Kehoe - Tom Keough
  • Cornelia Sharpe
    Cornelia Sharpe - Leslie
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    Barbara Eda-Young - Laurie



Overall customer rating

4.6
100%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great True Story

    Posted
    Tardo317
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    Pacino did a fantastic job portraying Serpico, who selflessly struggled to reform and clean-up the NYPD. It shows how frustrating it must have been for Serpico to have so little support from his superiors on the force, and the toll it took on his personal life. A terrific expose of a dark, dark period in NYPD's history, and even more incredible given that the movie was made on a year or so after the events took place, when the force wasn't yet purged of the corruption.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic

    Posted
    Swazi88

    Serpico is one of my Favorite Al Pacino Movies. In this Al Pacino Classic, He is a One Man Army fighting against Police Corruption. Along the way Al Pacino (Frank Serpico) finds allies, enemies and a trail of corruption.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Another Al Pacino Classic

    Posted
    Jory

    Overall classic film by Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men, Network, Dog Day Afternoon). If you love Al Pacino and are looking for a good 70's cop drama than this might do you in.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie, Great Transfer

    Posted
    malcolmrex
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    The gritty realism of Lumet's crime saga comes to life in a clean, warm blu-ray transfer. Solid extras for a standard release.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    911 not a joke in his town

    Posted
    Slimdwiz

    It's about a cop named Frank Serpico who is expose to corruption while working undercover. This is another Al Pacino classic.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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