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Adapted by Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler from Peter Maas's book, Sidney L umet's drama portrays the real-life struggle of an honest Ne w 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 plant ed in the counterculture, sporting a b eard and love beads and living in bohemian Greenwich Village, while he performs his police duties with di spatch. Serpico's peers gen uinely ostracize him, however, when he refus es to take bribes like everybody else. Appalled by the extent of police corruption, Serp ico goes to his superiors, but when he discovers that t hey have ignored his charges, he takes the potentially fatal step of bre aking the blue wall of silence and going public with his exposé. Serpic o's revelations trigger an independent investigation by the Knapp Commis sion, but they also make him a marked man, permanently changing his life . Shot on location with a gritty emphasis on documenta ry-style realism, Serpico presents a city in decay both literally and morally, as everybo dy is in on the take, and the cops and crim inals are almost interchange able. Released in late 1973, after months of revelations of Presidential malfeasance in the breaking Wat ergate 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 whistle-blower. One year after hi s star-mak ing triumph in The Godfather, Pacino was nominated for an Osc ar again, and lost again; Lumet and Pacino would reunite two years late r for another true New York story, Dog Day Afternoon.]]>
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Assuming that the real Frank Serpico was accurately depicted, my estimation of that man has, if anything, doubled as a result of my years as a cop, trying in my own way to follow in those grand footsteps. Pacino simply nails the walking-on-eggshells, lone-wolf, and frankly courageous aspects of the character. The perfectly realised portrayal of the concommitant self-destructive turmoil which poisons Serpicos personal relationships as an almost inevitable result, should have garnered him with the Best Actor Oscar that year. A young and brilliant Pacino at his stone-best before he started caricaturising himself.
Lumet at his zenith. If you love Lumets directing, please seek out the hidden gem "Lovin' Molly" from about circa 1974 starring Blythe Danner, Anthony Hopkins and Beau Bridges. Trust me, it will affect you.
'Serpico' has lost none of it's impact despite being close to 30 years old. Please rent it, buy it, or, if you are truly brave, live it.
(The score and cinematography are also excellent. And the cardboard box that the videotape comes in makes an excellent source of dietary fibre.)
Sidney Lumet is often thought of as an actors' director, more so than a cinematic genius, but "Serpico" more than delivers in both arenas. Al Pacino's portrayal of the eccentric Frank Serpico -- a NYPD cop of unyielding integrity -- is one of his best roles ever. He's animated, tough and very human in his role, and one can sense that a lot of the real Serpico rubbed off on him. "Serpico" also boasts an excellent supporting cast. Aside from Tony Roberts, who was already well-known from his roles in Woody Allen movies, take a look at these then-unknowns, who would soon either make it big, or be regulars in cop and crime movies: Alan North, Jack Kehoe, Tony Lo Bianco, Richard Foronjy, F. Murray Abraham, Judd Hirsch.
Director Lumet is featured in the two "making of" featurettes that are included on the DVD, and it's fascinating hearing his method of shooting and his and producer Martin Bregman's reminisences. I had only wished that Pacino was also included, but since I don't buy DVDs for the bonus material, not a big loss for me.
This is one of the best transfers of a preservation print from the 1970s, an era of notoriously quickly deteriorating color negatives. Thank you, Paramount, for giving "Serpico" the TLC it deserved.
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Good old Al in a career that has spanned many decades with great movies like God father, heat , scarface and many others I think this is him at his bestPublished 3 hours ago by Amazon Customer
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