Serpico

Serpico

Blu-ray Disc - 2002
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New York Detective Frank Serpico exposes the corruption he witnesses while working undercover.
Publisher: [UNITED STATES] : Paramount Home Entertainment, 2002
Edition: Widescreen ed
Branch Call Number: BLU Serpi
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 130 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Randolph, John
Pacino, Al

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swyckl
Sep 08, 2017

I liked this cop/criminal story. It was well done. It is very violent. There is lots of sexuality. Thus, it is not good for children.

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StarGladiator
Feb 01, 2017

A true American classic. Serpico did indeed sacrifice his career to just principles, something one sees so infinitesimally today. I recall that the Knapp Commission on NYPD Corruption found that 88 percent of the NYPD was on the take, on the pad, bought and paid for.
Why not 100 percent? Because the other 12 percent had mundane duties and nothing of value to offer the mob, and other criminals.

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MT60
Aug 24, 2016

IMHO this movie deserves its reputation as a classic.

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Nursebob
Mar 25, 2015

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.

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garycornell
Dec 07, 2014

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.

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Monolith
Jan 25, 2012

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.

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dbk
Mar 11, 2010

See interesting NY Times piece, Serpico on Serpico

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/24/nyregion/24serpico.html

in the "where is he now" vein.

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