Ciné-Club: Serpico

It's not easy being a whistleblower, but it turns into a proper ordeal when you're a NYPD cop at odds with the widespread corruption culture that plagues the establishment. A multi-award-winning modern classic based on Frank Serpico's autobiography with Al Pacino in great form in the title role. 

A virtuoso performance by Al Pacino and some expert location work by Sidney Lumet add up to a tour de force genre piece that transcends the supercop conventions to create a moving, engrossing portrait of Frank Serpico. (Chicago Reader)

 

Serpico, Sydney Lumet, 1973, 130 minutes