Serpico

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Time Out says

Like a practice run for Lumet's Prince of the City, this deals with police corruption in New York: Pacino's idealism and odd-style dress alienate him from his fellow cops, who take bribes left, right and centre. But whereas the later film built up an impressively complex series of narrative strands and psychological motivations, this is far more one-dimensional, and is so laxly structured that its rambling story seems to last longer than the (almost) three-hour Prince of the City. Another problem, these days, is Pacino's characterisation; he seems at times more like a misplaced hippy than a plainclothes cop.

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Sound Source Dolby Digital 5.1
Special Features Trailer -  Original Theatrical Trailer / Featurettes - 1. Serpico: from reel to reel. 2. Inside Serpico. 3. Favourite moments. / Stills Gallery
Main Language English

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1973

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130 mins

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if6was9

Serpico the movie was as much about prejudice as it was about police corruption. Frank Serpico was a freak (what hippies called themselves) who was also a cop. The animosity he encountered from his fellow officers was the same emotion that cops expressed towards everyone who was part of the 60's counterculture. A freak/cop is an oxymoron. That Frank Serpico was able to reconcile these two disparate halves of his life in a likeable way is quite admirable. The party scene where his girlfriend gushes that everybody loves him is integral to understanding this dichotomy in his personality. Pacino nailed it; his characterization of FS, a 60's Greenwich Village freak, was spot on. Despite the consequences, FS waived his freak flag and used it to his advantage in his undercover work. Serpico the movie is a history lesson, dated only in that people today don't know that you could be hated, harmed an killed simply because you had long hair. FS was a champion against corruption as well as a counterculture icon. Pacino's performance is far from one dimensional and to state otherwise is an embarrassing display of ignorance.

if6was9

Serpico the movie was as much about prejudice as it was about police corruption. Frank Serpico was a freak (what hippies called themselves) who was also a cop. The animosity he encountered from his fellow officers was the same emotion that cops expressed towards everyone who was part of the 60's counterculture. A freak/cop is an oxymoron. That Frank Serpico was able to reconcile these two disparate halves of his life in a likeable way is quite admirable. The party scene where his girlfriend gushes that everybody loves him is integral to understanding this dichotomy in his personality. Pacino nailed it; his characterization of FS, a 60's Greenwich Village freak, was spot on. Despite the consequences, FS waived his freak flag and used it to his advantage in his undercover work. Serpico the movie is a history lesson, dated only in that people today don't know that you could be hated, harmed an killed simply because you had long hair. FS was a champion against corruption as well as a counterculture icon. Pacino's performance is far from one dimensional and to state otherwise is an embarrassing display of ignorance.

Deniz

There is nothing one dimensional about Serpico. It is a tremendous movie and acting is first rate. This review however comes across as being rather one dimensional!

Deniz

There is nothing one dimensional about Serpico. It is a tremendous movie and acting is first rate. This review however comes across as being rather one dimensional!

Marsellus

What a dumb review... Pacino seems like a hippy, not a cop...? He was both. Serpico wasn't a cop who fitted in so Pacino's characterisation is supposed to be at odds with the other cops and also at odds with what audiences would expect from a hero-cop-role. Serpico is a great film featuring an old-school Pacino - easily one of his best performances. The film itself is quite dated now and the budget is pretty meagre by today's standards - but that shouldn't detract from the quality of the story and acting. If you like other gritty 70s stuff like Mean Streets, Taxi Driver or even The Godfather then you should like Serpico.

KB

Serpico is an excellent film. While the Time oU reviewer derides Pacino's performance, wh forgets that Pacino was playing a character who WAS a misplaced hippy. He was a REAL PERSON. It seems like a review that was written just to be contrary, rather than an honest look at the film.

KB

Serpico is an excellent film. While the Time oU reviewer derides Pacino's performance, wh forgets that Pacino was playing a character who WAS a misplaced hippy. He was a REAL PERSON. It seems like a review that was written just to be contrary, rather than an honest look at the film.