Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Al Pacino, John Randolph, Jack Kehoe
This is apparently based on a true story, and I gotta admit, normally that means nothing to me. In this case… that fucking sucks for the real Frank Serpico.
Serpico is a cop who rises his way through the ranks with hard work and a good heart. In fact, as seemingly the only cop on the force who doesn’t take payoffs, he gets threatened by the crooked cops and struggles with the fact that he just wants to do his job and not get brought in to this whole dirty world. He eventually testifies against a couple of the bad ones, but that only serves to make the rest of the force turn their back on him, eventually causing him to get shot.
Al Pacino is fantastic in this film. The story wasn’t all that interesting to me, but his performance made it hard to keep my eyes off the screen. It’s the perfect blend of crazy yelling Pacino and a more calm, rational side that you don’t generally see in his performances. That by itself makes Serpico worth watching.