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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 One of Al Pacino's best! May 11 2014
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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. Al
Pacino's portrayal of Frank Serpico is really great as it shows how this poor man really had to struggle to do the right thing at the expense of his personal life and loves. Even though this film was made over 40 years ago, it is still great. Sadly corruption still at times rears its ugly head in the NYC Police Department and commissions are formed every few years to deal with it. In Serpico's time it was the Knapp Commission and in the 1990s it was the Mollen Commission. There will probably be more as the years go by.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Film Aug. 5 2013
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This was, in my opinion, one of the best movies that Al Pacino made. I recommend anyone to purchase it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it Dec 18 2012
By Jesse
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
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pacino in one of their best! June 30 2004
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. This movie not only remains as cult movie and one of the most`powerful works of this tireless film maker as Sidney Lumet was in that age. Serpico meant a breakthrough with the ancient patterns of good citizen and virtuosi cop.
Serpico is a simple inmigrant citizen who lives in a little department ; he brings in his mind the ancestral illusions for being part of the american dream . His inner sense of justice is not influenced for any other kind of ideology . In this sense he's naif ; suddenly he's inmersed in a double face world; the eternal game of make the things appear right ; though they are rotten really .
His search for the sense of justice prevails and becomes nowadays, in a kind of romantic knight ; but he , besides the prize he must pay for his behavior , goes ahead no matter what. Don't forget that in times of hipocrisy ; any sincerity is associated with cynism.
This film is part of the amazing sextet together with Twelve angry men, The pawnbroker , The offence , Network and Equus ; that in my opinion express the most remarkable works of that extraordinary film maker.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slow but Compelling in its Own Way July 6 2004
By J
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. His personal life isn't very clearly explicated. That said, Pacino does a great job portraying a complicated and iconoclastic man of immense integrity and courage. Serpico is a great role model for young men in any era. He shows you can be yourself, be cool and have integrity, guts and morals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The movie that put Al Pacino on the map Feb. 19 2004
By A Customer
Of all the films that Al was nominated for and never won, he should have won the Best Actor Oscar for Serpico. One of the most realistic
NYC cop films of the early 70s because of it's grittiness and locations (Check out the old Yankee Stadium in the background when the cops confront Serpico). The music by the Greek musical director will stay with you long after you watch this classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How does this guy do it? Jan. 31 2004
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 goodness. I have only recently come to the conclusion that Pacino is ^&%*&^% UNBELIEVABLE!! This guy is not only just a raw talent, but he could pick them also. People always talk about the DeNiro Scorcesse connection, but Pacino Lumet relationship is unstoppable. The gritty realness that is felt on the dirty pavement of New York is a welcome change to the bloated stuff that I have seen recently at the movie theaters. Not only do I like the acting in this movie, but I also like the story. The two go hand in hand to produce a classic that I should have seen a while ago. Plus you have to check out the outfits, too funky for myself! Strongly Recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, and it's true Dec 13 2003
Format:VHS Tape
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 definitely cost him his career. This movie made Pacino an icon during the 70s, and he's never slowed down since. The plot is that Serpico goes undercover to ferret out other cops who are on the take.
When we first watched this film it was on TV, and about 15 minutes from the end we suffered a power outage - and we freaked out, ran outside, up and down the block, looking for a neighbor who maybe still had power. No such luck, of course: the whole area was blacked out. It was about 3 years later that we rented it in video and finally got to watch the rest of it. Well worth the weight, but talk about frustration!
Don't miss it.
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