• Frank Serpico (2017)

Frank Serpico

Release Date: November 1st, 2017

PG-13 |1 hr 39 min

Plot Summary

In the early 1970s, one man stood up to the entire New York City police force. Hailed as a hero by many, hated by others, officer Frank Serpico made headlines when he blew the whistle on a culture of bribery and corruption within the department. His one-man crusade for police reform inspired the Al Pacino classic that bears his name, but the real life saga is as gripping as anything Hollywood could dream up. Now, Serpico tells his story in his own words: from his Italian-American roots in Brooklyn to his disillusionment with the NYPD to his riveting account of a dramatic drug bustand possible set-upthat ended with him being shot in the face. Featuring music by Jack White and interviews with Serpico's associates and admirersincluding Luc Sante and John Turturrothis is an inspiring, all-access portrait of a courageous man who refused to betray his ideals.

Cast: John Turturro , Frank Serpico

Director: Antonino D'Ambrosio

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Gigantic Pictures,La Lutta NMC

Distributors: IFC Films

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    John DeForeThe Hollywood Reporter

    Viewers who'd prefer a bit more psychological probing may be left unsatisfied, but most will appreciate this chance to hang out with the legendary whistle-blower. show more

  • 70
    Bill GoodykoontzArizona Republic

    Frank Serpico doesn't supersede "Serpico," and it isn't meant to. Instead it serves as an interesting companion piece, one well worth watching. show more

  • 80
    Sam WeisbergVillage Voice

    Most hilarious is the revelation that the first director assigned to the film Lumet eventually made, the manic John G. Avildsen, wanted the eccentric, bearded hipster ex-cop to play himself. On the basis of this exceptional portrait, he very well could have. show more

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