- Commentary by Director Sidney Lumet
- Theatrical Trailer
- Subtitles: English
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: December 3, 2002
- Originally Released: 1973
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Dolby Digital Mono - English, French
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Theatrical
- SERPICO: FROM REAL TO REEL
- INSIDE SERPICO
- SERPICO: FAVORITE MOMENTS
- Photo Gallery with Commentary by Sidney Lumet
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"The reality is that we do not wash our own laundry; it just gets dirtier."
- Frank Serpico (Al Pacino)
USA Today - 12/06/2002
"...One of the best-remembered of Lumet's voluminous New York movies..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Al Pacino's classic portrayal of Frank Serpico established him as one of today's most versatile actors. Serpico was based on the true story of a New York policeman who discovers that honesty is not expected to be part of his job. He endures scorn and mistreatment from his fellow cops while attempting to perform his job with integrity. The character of Serpico, combining the best elements of the establishment and counter-culture, is a tour-de-force for Pacino. The film is a breathtaking suspense story and a fascinating character study as well as a memorable statement about government's inherent flaws.
Shot on location on the crime-filled streets of New York City, Sidney Lumet's unflinching adaptation of Peter Maas's best-selling book is a rousing portrait of courage in the face of insidious corruption. This is a motif that Lumet would continue to mine in later films, including 1981's PRINCE OF THE CITY and 1997's NIGHT FALLS ON MANHATTAN. Al Pacino is forcefully real as Frank Serpico, an independent young recruit entering the police force in the late 1960s, fulfilling a childhood dream. The good old boys of the NYPD lose no time in initiating Serpico into the ways of cutting corners, forging documents, and taking payoffs from local gambling operations and narcotic rings. His refusal to take illegal protection money and his counterculture lifestyle make Serpico a target for harassment by his unified and powerful peers. Lumet hones in on the evocative details of Serpico's personal struggles and inner turmoil as his obsessive fight for truth begins to have disastrous effects on his personal life and threatens his safety. SERPICO is a stellar example of gritty '70s filmmaking, featuring another electrifying performance from Pacino.
- Theatrical release: December 5, 1973
- SERPICO received a limited theatrical rerelease in 2004.