1973 Certificate: 18


Al Pacino is on blistering form as Frank Serpico, the New York detective who made a one-man stand against corruption in the police force. His ideals quickly reduce him to an outsider before turning him into the NYPD's enemy number one. This is another cracking crime drama from director Sidney Lumet who went on to repeat his successful double act with Pacino in 1975's Dog Day Afternoon.


  • Sidney Lumet


  • Al Pacino

  • Jack Kehoe

  • John Randolph

  • Cornelia Sharpe


Al Pacino gives a very edgy and intelligent performance as Frank Serpico, the honest and idealistic cop who sees corruption all around him.

Based on a true story, director Sidney Lumet's intense and hard-hitting thriller strikes all the right notes and maintains its dramatic tension from beginning to end.

Although Pacino's portrayal dominates the film, all the supporting roles are finely cast, particularly the one played by Tony Roberts, as an officer close to the mayor's investigating committee.

Sharp eyes will spot Oscar winner F Murray Abraham and Judd Hirsch in small roles as cops.