Based on the true story of New York cop Frank Serpico, who sacrificed his career to expose widespread corruption in the NYPD to the New York Times.
Al Pacino is forcefully real as Serpico, an independent young recruit entering the police force in the late 1960s fulfilling a childhood dream.
New York’s finest lose no time in initiating Serpico in the ways of cutting corners, forging documents and taking payoffs from local gambling operations and narcotics rings.
His refusal to take illegal protection money and his counterculture lifestyle (he goes to Spanish literature classes and learns to dance ballet) make Serpico a target for harassment by his unified and powerful peers.
Serpico’s obsessive fight for truth begins to have disastrous effects on his personal life and ultimately threatens his safety.
NBC produced a 15 episode TV series of Serpico from 1976 to 1977 with David Birney in the Pacino role.
M Emmet Walsh