Serpico Poster

Release Date: 1973

DVD Release Date: December 3rd, 2002

R|2 hr 9 min

Plot Summary
Frank Serpico (Al Pacino) is an idealistic New York City cop who refuses to take bribes, unlike the rest of the force. His actions get Frank shunned by the other officers, and often placed in dangerous situations by his partners. When his superiors ignore Frank's accusations of corruption, he decides to go public with the allegations. Although this causes the Knapp Commission to investigate his claims, Frank has also placed a target on himself. The film is based on a true story.

Cast: Al Pacino, John Randolph, Jack Kehoe, Biff McGuire, Barbara Eda-Young, Cornelia Sharpe, Tony Roberts, Allan Rich

Director: Sidney Lumet

Genres: Crime drama, Biography

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Produzion De Laurentis

Keywords: Gritty, Police officer, Suspenseful, Underdog, New York City, Pursuit, Sacrifice, Dark, 1970s, Police station

Ratings & Reviews

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  • A quintessential New York director made this quintessential New York movie in 1973, with Pacino at his best. show more

  • When all is said and done, Pacino is the riveting presence that makes the movie work and it is difficult to imagine any other actor in the part. (Review of Original Release) show more

  • It is galvanizing because of Al Pacino's splendid performance in the title role and because of the tremendous intensity that Mr. Lumet brings to this sort of subject. (Review of Original Release) show more

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Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Original Music for a Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1974)
Nominated Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1974)
Nominated Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1974)
Nominated Actor
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)