- 2 hr 10 min
The 1973 movie Serpico, based on Peter Maas’s best selling biography, tells the story of Frank Serpico, an officer in the New York Police Department, who fought against police corruption during the 1960s and 1970s. From the very beginning of the film, viewers are captivated by the character Frank Serpico. He is a man of honor and integrity in a world of blatant corruption. The film spans twelve years, revealing the daily struggles Frank Serpico faced throughout his service to the NYPD. Al Pacino’s portrayal of Frank Serpico’s high moral standard and his strength to resist the temptations of police extortion reveals a man of multiple layers. His battle against criminal activity within the police force is based on his deep desire to restore dignity to the New York Police Department. As a young boy, he grew up knowing he wanted to be a cop, but once he joins the force, the respectability he envisioned as a child is absent. Frank Serpico ultimately must decide if he will maintain his virtue or succumb to the pressure of fellow police officers.