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Serpico (1973)

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An honest New York cop named Frank Serpico blows the whistle on rampant corruption in the force only to have his comrades turn against him.

Director:

Sidney Lumet

Writers:

Peter Maas (book), Waldo Salt (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Serpico
John Randolph ... Sidney Green
Jack Kehoe ... Tom Keough
Biff McGuire ... Captain McClain
Barbara Eda-Young Barbara Eda-Young ... Laurie (as Barbara eda-Young)
Cornelia Sharpe ... Leslie
Tony Roberts ... Bob Blair
John Medici John Medici ... Pasquale
Allan Rich ... D.A. Tauber
Norman Ornellas Norman Ornellas ... Rubello
Edward Grover ... Lombardo (as Ed Grover)
Albert Henderson Albert Henderson ... Peluce (as Al Henderson)
Hank Garrett ... Malone
Damien Leake ... Joey
Joseph Bova Joseph Bova ... Potts (as Joe Bova)
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Storyline

Serpico is a cop in the 1960s-early 1970s. Unlike all his colleagues, he refuses a share of the money that the cops routinely extort from local criminals. Nobody wants to work with Serpico, and he's in constant danger of being placed in life threatening positions by his "partners". Nothing seems to get done even when he goes to the highest of authorities. Despite the dangers he finds himself in, he still refuses to 'go with the flow', in the hope that one day, the truth will be known. Written by Rob Hartill

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Many of his fellow officers considered him the most dangerous man alive - An honest cop.


Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Italy

Language:

English | Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

14 March 1974 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Serpiko See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$29,800,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was scheduled to open by Christmas. That left 4-1/2 months for shooting, editing and mixing, an "insanely short time" in Sidney Lumet's estimation. Therefore, the editing had to take place during filming. Without the luxury of time, it was necessary to finish shooting a scene and rush it to editor Dede Allen, who had to cut the footage within 48 hours and have it ready for delivery to the sound department. See more »

Goofs

Serpico was shot in his face and operated on. He subsequently wakes up after the operation with his beard intact. The Emergency Room personnel would have shaved it off to treat the injuries caused by his being shot in the cheek. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Steiger: [Serpico and another cop have just been watching a naked girl out the bathroom window] Hold it, Serpico. What were you two doing?
Frank Serpico: What?
Lt. Steiger: In the shithouse, in the dark! Were you going down on him?
Frank Serpico: What are you talking about?
Lt. Steiger: You gonna tell me you were just doing a little Peeping Tom? You were suckin' his cock, weren't you!
Frank Serpico: Are you crazy?
Lt. Steiger: I'll show you fuckin' crazy. Last week I found a pair of shorts with semen on 'em.
[He pushes open a stall and points]
Lt. Steiger: There!
Frank Serpico: Are you actually accusing me of this?
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Alternate Versions

There is one Australian VHS version released through RCA Columbia Pictures Hoyts Home Video in the 1980's which had all profanity overdubbed with tamer language, as well as some scenes of sexuality/nudity. Subsequent releases on DVD are uncensored. See more »

Connections

Referenced in My Boys: Private Eyes (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Aria di Rinuccio
(uncredited)
from "Gianni Schicchi"
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Al Pacino
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Serpico
24 March 1999 | by Coxer99See all my reviews

A perfect, true to life film based on the true exploits of a young police officer named Frank Serpico. Serpico was an officer in a time when political corruption was rampant and many of his brethren were found "on the take." The true story is brought to the screen under the superb leadership and direction of Sidney Lumet and the brilliant performance of Al Pacino as Serpico. Serpico was said to be known for his eccentricity and Pacino plays it up every step of the way, from the hairy beard to the earrings; he immerses himself into the character. This is the first of two great pairings with Lumet and Pacino. They know character. You see it here and you see it in 'Dog Day Afternoon." They know the streets. Lumet is a avid filmmaker of "New York-style films." Pacino walks the beat in his hobo outfits and long hair as if he's a hippie, not a cop. Although an eccentric, Serpico cannot be bought and certainly cannot be had, by anyone... cop or crook Pacino was Oscar nominated, but lost to Jack Lemmon for his performance in "Save the Tiger." The film was also nominated for it's taut screenplay, based on the Peter Maas book of the same title.


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