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Serpico (Widescreen)

Al Pacino , John Randolph , Laurent Bouzereau , Sidney Lumet    R (Restricted)   DVD
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Tony Manero (John Travolta) in Saturday Night Fever and Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg) in Boogie Nights have one major thing in common: They both have posters of Al Pacino as Serpico on their bedroom walls. As the real-life NYPD detective whose integrity cost him virtually everything (and almost cost him his life), Pacino became one of the icons of gritty, realistic 1970s filmmaking. Released in 1973, between the first two Godfather movies, this is the true story of Frank Serpico, a long-haired, idealistic, iconoclastic cop who reluctantly goes undercover to investigate dirty colleagues who are on the take. This is one of the definitive Pacino performances, along with his role as Michael Corleone in the Godfather saga, and Sonny the bungling bank robber in Dog Day Afternoon (which reunited him with his Serpico director, Sidney Lumet)--and Pacino was nominated for a best actor Oscar for all of them (although he wouldn't actually win until 1992's Scent of a Woman). --Jim Emerson

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Film, Al Pacino is Brilliant Oct. 7 2003
Format:VHS Tape
SERPICO, is one of my favorite movies of all times. I love everything about this film especially Al Pacino who gives the performance of a lifetime. Pacino was so convinving as undercover cop Frank Serpico that it is scary. This film defined the way police corruption is looked upon in the eyes of everyday policemen and it also became one of the first films in the 1970's to explore the antihero in its most complex form. This movie was s smash hit at the box office in 1973, when it was release and it was nominated for I believe five Academy Awards including Best Picure of the year and the Best Actor for Al Pacino, sadly enough neither the film or the actor won the coveted award. A lot of people say that it was The Godfather that Pacino proved that he was a great actor and even though in The Godfather he did an excellent job as Michael Corleone, it was in SERPICO, that I feel he was at his very best. He did follow with other great films like DOG DAY AFTERNOON and BOBBY DEERFILED and he was brilliant in both but it was after watching SERPICO for the first time that I became aware of Pacino's brilliant acting talent. This film is a MUST if you care about excellence in acting or if you just one to see a great movie. I highly recommend the book in which the film is based on it is also excellent. You should read the book first and then see the movie to get a better understanding of everthing that the character goes thru but either way if you see the film first and read the book after is no biggie. Both the film and book are excellent and I highly recommend both, nothing short of brilliant on all counts.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment from Two Cinema Greats Aug. 11 2003
Any film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Al Pacino should be great, but "Serpico" is mediocre at best. Chronicling the true-life story of Frank Serpico, a police officer who exposed corruption in the NYPD, the film comes from that exquisite golden age of cinema, lasting from the late '60s through the late '70s, when paranoia infected the country and our most trusted and honored institutions were becoming suspect. It's got the grainy, neo-realistic feel that so many of the films from that time period had (and as many of Lumet's own films had), yet it never really works. Lumet's pacing is poor; no scene lasts longer than a minute or two. While one would think this would make for a film with some narrative drive to it, just the opposite happens. It's as if in the editing room all of the important parts of each scene got left out, and what we've been given as a final product is an outline of Serpico's story. No characters beyond Pacino's is really developed, and even he struggles to make something substantial out of his role. This came directly on the heels of "The Godfather" from the year before, the film that put Pacino on the map. "Serpico" gives testament to Pacino's abilities and range as an actor; his performance is quite different from that of Michael Corleone. But for me, it's not until his mesmerizing performance in "Dog Day Afternoon" from 1975 that Pacino really flexes his acting muscles and shows what a true cinematic treasure he is.
26 years later, Pacino was to star in "The Insider," another thriller where he played a character who helps to expose corruption, this time in the world of corporate America. My advice is to see "Serpico" for the place it holds in Pacino's career, but then see "The Insider" for a suspenseful, terrific movie.
Grade: C
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Man vs. Citywide Corruption June 16 2003
By A.F.
Out of all the performances he did in the 1970s, Al Pacino's amazing, realistic performance in Sidney Lumet's 1973 film SERPICO is by far his most underrated. Even though the movie was a success and critics praise this as one of Pacino's best roles (I would agree to that), SERPICO was sandwiched in between the two GODFATHER movies which contained Pacino's most famous role of Michael Corleone. It seems that some have forgotten this film, but luckily I read about it recently and now have discovered how great this movie really is. It was also a groundbreaking motion picture - the first movie ever to expose police corruption among the NYC departments. Corruption was known to exist in police departments, but it remained largely underground and unknown to the public. When the original book was published followed by the film version which became SERPICO, it exposed the public to a hidden evil that was lurking right under their noses and how one honest cop tried to change all that for good.
The film is based on a true story, on the life of Frank Serpico (Pacino). It begins in the late '60s and ends in 1972, during Serpico's five-year ordeal as a NYC undercover cop. When we first see Frank in his younger years, graduating from training, he's an idealistic man who wants to help people. It's clear from the start that Serpico is not your average policeman: he is honest, a do-gooder, wants to help people, by-the-book, and his facial and top hair are extravagant. He hates wearing the uniform and becomes a part of the plainclothes division. As time rolls on, Serpico notices that various police officers are taking money from criminals as well as bribes, and also beat the criminals mercilessly. It's all drug money or the like, and Serpico wants no part of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Al Pacino's best!
Serpico is truly a man to be admired for having the guts to try and fight police corruption and nearly getting killed in the process. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mark Feuer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
This was, in my opinion, one of the best movies that Al Pacino made. I recommend anyone to purchase it.
Published 12 months ago by Frederick Brennan
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Pacino plays the heck out of this role! It's a great cross of firm discipline and counter culture, makes for an enduring performance and hard hitting message
Published 20 months ago by Jesse
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to wonderful
I did'nt like this one to much. Al Pacino's character is ok. There where only a few parts in the movie, where he really did an amazing job. Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by J. Worth
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow but Compelling in its Own Way
It isn't a particularly good movie. The pacing is all wrong and none of the characters beside Serpico ever get a chance to be clearly drawn. Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by J
5.0 out of 5 stars Pacino in one of their best!
I've always said in my personal meetings with coleagues and friends that Pacino is much more than an actor ; he's a nature force .
But back to Serpico. Read more
Published on June 30 2004 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
5.0 out of 5 stars The movie that put Al Pacino on the map
Of all the films that Al was nominated for and never won, he should have won the Best Actor Oscar for Serpico. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars How does this guy do it?
I must first start of with saying that this is almost to much man fightin' for my own damn self. I had to hit pause a couple of times during the movie to truly appreciate the... Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2004 by M. Trevino
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, and it's true
Fantastic film with Al Pacino in the title role playing Frank Serpico, a real-life NYPD detective whose integrity nearly cost him his life (by disgruntled co-workers) and... Read more
Published on Dec 12 2003 by Peggy Vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars The New York I remember
Before there were computer print-outs there was Serpico.
Excellent DVD with good picture and sound. A winner. A must have. A top ten.
Published on Dec 7 2003
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