• Al Pacino: Officer Frank Serpico
  • John Randolph: Chief Sidney Green
  • Jack Kehoe: Tom Keough
  • Biff McGuire: Inspector McClain
  • Barbara Eda - Young: Laurie
  • Cornelia Sharpe: Leslie Lane
  • Tony Roberts: Bob Blair
  • John Medici: Pasquale
  • James Tolkin: Lt. Steiger
  • M. Emmet Walsh: Chief Gallagher
  • Kenneth McMillan: Charlie

Serpico is an American crime film directed by Sidney Lumet about the life and career of New York cop Frank Serpico, here played by Al Pacino, who denounced as one of the first American police corruption in the early 1970s. The film was made in 1973.

The screenplay is an adaptation of the best-selling biography by Peter Maas.


Francisco Vincent "Frank" Serpico is in 1959 full of energy to the New York City Police Department; since childhood he dreamed of becoming a police officer. When his dream come true but then, he must quickly determine how it really looks in the police: colleagues mistreat suspects and paint a large-scale kickbacks. Who refuses to go along, is set quickly to outsiders and by their own colleagues under pressure.

Serpico tried to whistle-blowers, but his superiors hinder him and let him move several times. For ten years he wanders from territory to territory, it suffers under the constant suspicion of the other officials. Privately, he is difficult to cope with other people and its changing girlfriends always suffer his fellow man under his ebullient temperament.

He finally turn and a few confidants at the mayor's office, but even here they fall on deaf ears -. Till they tell a reporter for the New York Times her story and the newspaper prints a cover story As a result, a special committee will be formed and extensive investigations begin. Serpico is set again and shot little when used later.

The wounded, he survived only slightly, hearing impairment and paralysis remain, but Frank finally receives the long-awaited promotion to detective - he rejects bitter. He says before the committee and expresses that he hopes to create in the future a climate where police dare to report corruption in their own ranks.

In 1973 he retired from the police force.


The film was shot in reverse order: Al Pacino grew a full beard, which was then trimmed a little shorter for each scene that played earlier in the chronology of the film.

The movie was followed by 1976 ( German Original Air Date 1983) nor an eponymous 15 - part television series in which David Birney played the Serpico.

Frank Serpico was born on April 14, 1936, most of the events experienced as shown in the film. After retiring from the police, he went to Europe for a decade. By hostility from police and the surprising death from cancer of his fourth and last wife, Marianne, he became depressed.

In 1980 he returned to New York. Until today he publicly for civil rights and against police brutality and corruption. In 2012 he said in an interview that Al Pacino played the character of Serpico " better than myself ."


" Sidney Lumet's hard-hitting facts thriller is one of the large litters of the New Hollywood. And Al Pacino portrait of fusselbärtig - hippiesken idealists to the terrific performances of his career. "

"Spectacular in the popular genre action sequences to original locations. Lumet filmed a substance similar to 1981 Prince of the City. "

" The gloomy, sobering Copthriller based on a real case. Director Lumet did not let the issue go: his deep distrust of the police force he worked among others in " Prince of the City" ( '81), "Deadly Questions " ( '90) and " Night Falls on Manhattan " ('97). Lumet's recent film " Gloria " was recently in the U.S. and is a remake of the film by John Cassavetes. Conclusion: Relentlessly sober, played terrific "


Al Pacino was nominated for the Academy Award for best actor, and the screenplay was nominated. The Writers Guild of America awarded the film with her award for Best Drama Screenplay.