DVD - 2002
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Adaptation of a true story where a young New York police officer refuses to extort money from criminals as the other officers do. His fellow police officers turn against him when he seeks to expose the situation during a grand jury investigation.

Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, c2002
Edition: Widescreen version
ISBN: 0792179129
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama SERPICO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (130 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in


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Classic Al Pacino movie about police corruption in 1960's New York. Based on the life and near death of Frank Serpico.

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Mar 25, 2015
  • Nursebob rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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. Upon completing his police training, promising young rookie Serpico hits the streets eager to serve and protect only to find the rank and file regularly supplementing their income through threats and extortion while their leaders turn a blind eye. Refusing to accept bribes, Serpico finds himself a professional pariah shuffled from one precinct to another while being stonewalled by his superiors every time he tries to alert them to the gross misconduct he’s witnessing. With pressure from work beginning to affect his personal life he finally decides to take his concerns to the next level—a decision which will not only threaten his career but his very life as well. 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.

Dec 07, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Mar 11, 2010
  • dbk rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

See interesting NY Times piece, Serpico on Serpico

in the "where is he now" vein.


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