Sunday, February 08, 2015

Movie review ~ Serpico

From the 70s, which is not my favorite era for films. It stars Al Pacino as Frank Serpico, a New York City police officer who, once he gets into a plainclothes division, discovers corruption and graft. He tries to report it, and the further he goes up the chain of command, the further he realizes the corruption reaches, too.

Despite it all, Frank remains faithful to the job. He loves being a cop, which is why he feels obligated to testify in a hearing about the corruption. It doesn't endear him to his fellow officers, particularly those who benefit.

Serpico is on the list of AFI's 100 Years, 100 Cheers, which I'm watching for my 3rd 101 Things in 1001 Days.  It's not bad, but it's not one that sticks out in my mind to return to.


  1. It's been so long, I can't remember if I actually have watched it and forgotten it of if it's one of those movies I always thought I would get around to watching.

  2. I didn't realize until I'd watched it the second time that I'd watched it already!

  3. I saw it when I was very young and highly impressionable, and it had a huge impact on me. Oh, Paco! It was all so unfair! Plus, I was a virgin when I saw it and loved the idea of bathing with my (not yet met but often dreamed of) boyfriend.

    This doesn't get shown as often as Dog Day Afternoon, but I think it was one of Al's better (less noisy) performances.