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Serpico ★★★ 1973 (R)

Based on Peter Maas's book about the truelife exploits of Frank Serpico, a New York undercover policeman who exposed corruption in the police department. Known as much for his nonconformism as for his honesty, the real Serpico eventually retired from the force and moved to Europe. South Bronxraised Pacino gives the character reality and strength. Excellent New York location photography. 130m/C VHS, DVD . Al Pacino, John Randolph, Jack Kehoe, Barbara Eda-Young, Cornelia Sharpe, F. Murray Abraham, Tony Roberts; D: Sidney Lumet; W: Waldo Salt, Norman Wexler; C: Arthur Ornitz; M: Mikis Theodorakis. Golden Globes '74: Actor—Drama (Pacino); Natl. Bd. of Review '73: Actor (Pacino); Writers Guild '73: Adapt. Screenplay.