Serpico (1973)

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

Original Title : Serpico
Director : Sidney Lumet
Writer : Peter Maas
Waldo Salt
Norman Wexler
Genre : Crime
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Martin Bregman , Dino De Laurentiis , Roger M. Rothstein
Music : Mikis Theodorakis
Photography : Arthur J. Ornitz
IMDB ID : 0070666
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Serpico (1973) - Sidney Lumet


Al Pacino Frank Serpico
John Randolph Chief Sidney Green
Jack Kehoe Tom Keough (7th Pct. Plainclothes Div.
Biff McGuire Capt. Insp. McClain
Barbara Eda-Young Laurie (Frank's girlfriend
Cornelia Sharpe Leslie Lane (Frank's girlfriend
Tony Roberts Bob Blair
John Medici Pasquale (shoe repair shop employee
Allan Rich Dist. Atty. Herman Tauber
Norman Ornellas Don Rubello (Serpico's partner
Edward Grover Insp. Lombardo (as Ed Grover
Albert Henderson Peluce
Hank Garrett Malone
Damien Leake Joey
Joseph Bova Potts (as Joe Bova
Gene Gross Capt. Tolkin
John Stewart Waterman
Woodie King Jr. Larry (guy at party
James Tolkan Lt. Steiger (as James Tolkin
Ed Crowley Barto (BCI officer
Bernard Barrow Insp. Roy Palmer (7th Pct. Admin Officer
Sal Carollo Mr. Serpico
Mildred Clinton Mrs. Serpico
Nathan George Lt. Nate Smith (Plainclothes Div.
Gus Fleming Dr. Metz
Richard Foronjy Rudy Corsaro
Alan North Brown
Lewis J. Stadlen Jerry Berman (Mayor's Office
John McQuade Insp. Kellogg
Ted Beniades Al Sarno (payoff bagman
John Lehne Insp. Gilbert
M. Emmet Walsh Chief Gallagher
George Ede Deputy Chief Insp. Daley
Charles White Commissioner Delaney
F. Murray Abraham Detective partner (uncredited
Don Billett Detective threatening Serpico (uncredited
Raleigh Bond (uncredited
John Brandon Police lieutenant (uncredited
James Bulleit Det. Styles (uncredited
Roy Cheverie Cop (uncredited
Sam Coppola Cop (uncredited
René Enríquez (uncredited
Frank Gio Police lieutenant (uncredited
Paul E. Guskin Police Academy classmate (uncredited
Judd Hirsch (uncredited
Richard Kuss Detective (uncredited
Tony Lo Bianco Cop (uncredited
Kenneth McMillan Charlie (uncredited
Stephen Pearlman Desk sergeant (uncredited
Tim Pelt Black hood (uncredited
William Pelt Black hood (uncredited
Jaime Sánchez Cop (uncredited
Franklin Scott Black prisoner (uncredited
Tom Signorelli Bookmaker (uncredited
Mary Louise Weller Girl (uncredited


Serpico is a cop in the 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.


The story of the policeman Frank Serpico The book written by the same Serpico is much better than this drama. Pacino did his best acting in the role of Serpico, a man who always fought against the corruption inside the police of New York city. However, the film was able to show the main connection of corrupted cobs with mafia in New York, the way Serpico was mistreated by his colleagues and the risk he had everyday in his action. It is funny to see when the great jury did not allow Serpico to talk. Probably this was done to protect a bit the already deformed reputation of New York police. In any case, the plot and the messages of the film are beneficial for the health of the Big Apple, a town with too many famous attributes, including a heavy criminality.