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Serpico
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Adapted by Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler from Peter Maas's book Sidney Lumet's drama portrays the real-life struggle of an honest New York City cop against a corrupt system. Neophyte officer Frank Serpico (Al Pacino) is determined not to let his job get in the way of his individuality. Despite his colleagues' leery reactions he keeps one foot firmly planted in the counterculture sporting a beard and love beads and living in bohemian Greenwich Village while he performs his police duties with dispatch. Serpico's peers genuinely ostracize him however when he refuses to take bribes like everybody else. Appalled by the extent of police corruption Serpico goes to his superiors but when he discovers that they have ignored his charges he takes the potentially fatal step of breaking the blue wall of silence and going public with his expose. Serpico's revelations trigger an independent investigation by the Knapp Commission but they also make him a marked man permanently changing his life. Shot on location with a gritty emphasis on documentary-style realism Serpico presents a city in decay both literally and morally as everybody is in on the take and the cops and criminals are almost interchangeable. Released in late 1973 after months of revelations of Presidential malfeasance in the breaking Watergate scandal Serpico's true story of bureaucratic depravity touched a cultural nerve and the film became a hit with both critics and audiences particularly for Pacino's complex performance as the honest long-haired whistle-blower. One year after his star-making triumph in the Godfather Pacino was nominated for an Oscar again and lost again; Lumet and Pacino would reunite two years later for another true New York story Dog Day Afternoon.

Title: Serpico
Genre: Action / Adventure
Starring: Al Pacino, Tony Roberts, Jack Kehoe, Barbara Eda-Young, Cornelia Sharpe, Ed Grover
Director: Sidney Lumet
Studio: Paramount Catalog
Release Date: 1/1/2013
Original Year: 1973
Product Type: DVD
Rated: R
UPC: 883929303014
Item #: 503690X

Closed Caption: Yes
Street Date: 1/1/2013

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