History Film / Serpico

12th Feb '17 8:53:52 PM Mdumas43073
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This 1973 film, directed by Creator/SidneyLumet and produced by Dino De Laurentiis, is based on the non-fiction novel by Peter Maas. Frank Serpico (Creator/AlPacino) is an idealistic {{New York City Cop|s}} who dreams of becoming a detective. In order to qualify for the famous 'gold shield' he joins the Plainclothes Division, where Serpico's tendency to dress like a hippy -- and refusal to take bribes -- earn first the bewilderment, and later the active hostility, of his police colleagues. Equally disturbed by the corruption that surrounds him, Serpico keeps trying to inform his superiors of the situation, but all are reluctant to open a can of worms that could jeopardize their own careers or alienate their fellow officers. Eventually Serpico is forced to go public -- an action that puts his life in danger from those who are sworn to serve and protect.

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This 1973 film, directed by Creator/SidneyLumet and produced by Dino De Laurentiis, is based on was adapted from the non-fiction novel by Peter Maas. Maas.

Frank Serpico (Creator/AlPacino) is an idealistic {{New York City Cop|s}} who dreams of becoming a detective. In order to qualify for the famous 'gold shield' he joins the Plainclothes Division, where Serpico's tendency to dress like a hippy -- and refusal to take bribes -- earn first the bewilderment, and later the active hostility, of his police colleagues. Equally disturbed by the corruption that surrounds him, Serpico keeps trying to inform his superiors of the situation, but all are reluctant to open a can of worms that could jeopardize their own careers or alienate their fellow officers. Eventually Serpico is forced to go public -- an action that puts his life in danger from those who are sworn to serve and protect.
26th Nov '16 4:31:53 AM Slothjr
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* BigFriendlyDog: Serpico's Old English Sheepdog, Alfie, whom he adopted while moving in his new apartment.
22nd Oct '16 3:09:56 AM JackG
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* LetMeTellYouAStory: In the movie, Serpico's girlfriend tells him a fairy story to explain why he's regarded with suspicion for being honest.
4th Oct '16 8:27:47 PM JackG
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* LaserGuidedKarma: Serpico shoots a fleeing criminal and [[GroinAttack hits him in the testicles]]. Serpico thinks he's in big trouble until he's told there's a warrant out for the criminal...for rape.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: While out of his jurisdiction, Serpico shoots a fleeing criminal and [[GroinAttack hits him in the testicles]]. testicles]]. Serpico thinks he's in big trouble until he's told there's a warrant out for the criminal...for rape.
4th Oct '16 8:27:17 PM JackG
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* LaserGuidedKarma: Serpico shoots a fleeing criminal and [[GroinAttack hits him in the testicles]]. Serpico thinks he's in big trouble until he's told there's a warrant out for the criminal...for rape.
29th Sep '16 7:16:50 PM JackG
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** The precinct captain demands to know why Serpico didn't go to him about the corruption. Serpico pointedly remarks that he doesn't know the captain from the next man, as this is the first time the captain has ever deigned to speak to him.

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** The precinct captain demands to know why Serpico didn't go to him about the corruption. Serpico pointedly remarks that he doesn't know the captain from the next man, as this is the first time the his precinct captain has ever deigned to speak to him.
29th Sep '16 7:15:51 PM JackG
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* HeadInTheSandManagement: The police commissioner is informed of Serpico's allegations and promises action, then does nothing at all (when testifying at the Knapp Commision, he claimed to have just forgotten about the manner). When the precinct commanders bring the matter to his attention, rather than give it to Internal Affairs he just tells them to investigate the matter themselves.

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The police commissioner is informed of Serpico's allegations and promises action, then does nothing at all (when testifying at the Knapp Commision, he claimed to have just forgotten about the manner). When the precinct commanders bring the matter to his attention, rather than give it to Internal Affairs he just tells them to investigate the matter themselves.themselves.
** The precinct captain demands to know why Serpico didn't go to him about the corruption. Serpico pointedly remarks that he doesn't know the captain from the next man, as this is the first time the captain has ever deigned to speak to him.
19th Apr '16 11:04:20 AM TheGreenHerring
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* BasedOnATrueStory
* BetrayalByInaction: A precinct captain warns Serpico that being an honest cop in a precinct where many of his fellow officers take bribes makes him a marked man. "They don't have to do anything to you. All they have to do is ''not be there when you need them''." (See UnfriendlyFire below.) [[spoiler:That's exactly what happens]].

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* BasedOnATrueStory
* BetrayalByInaction: A precinct captain warns Serpico that being an honest cop in a precinct where many of his fellow officers take bribes makes him a marked man. "They don't have to do anything to you. All they have to do is ''not be there when you need them''." (See UnfriendlyFire below.) [[spoiler:That's exactly what happens]].happens.]]



* {{Mad}}: ''Supercool''.

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* {{Mad}}: ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'': ''Supercool''.



* TheStoolPigeon: A heroic whistleblower to the outside world, but a rat to his colleagues for breaking the code of silence.

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* TheStoolPigeon: A Serpico: a heroic whistleblower to the outside world, but a rat to his colleagues for breaking the code of silence.
19th Apr '16 10:59:25 AM TheGreenHerring
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This 1973 film, directed by Creator/SidneyLumet and produced by Dino De Laurentis, is based on the non-fiction novel by Peter Maas. Frank Serpico (Creator/AlPacino) is an idealistic {{New York City Cop|s}} who dreams of becoming a detective. In order to qualify for the famous 'gold shield' he joins the Plainclothes Division, where Serpico's tendency to dress like a hippy -- and refusal to take bribes -- earn first the bewilderment, and later the active hostility, of his police colleagues. Equally disturbed by the corruption that surrounds him, Serpico keeps trying to inform his superiors of the situation, but all are reluctant to open a can of worms that could jeopardize their own careers or alienate their fellow officers. Eventually Serpico is forced to go public -- an action that puts his life in danger from those who are sworn to serve and protect.

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This 1973 film, directed by Creator/SidneyLumet and produced by Dino De Laurentis, Laurentiis, is based on the non-fiction novel by Peter Maas. Frank Serpico (Creator/AlPacino) is an idealistic {{New York City Cop|s}} who dreams of becoming a detective. In order to qualify for the famous 'gold shield' he joins the Plainclothes Division, where Serpico's tendency to dress like a hippy -- and refusal to take bribes -- earn first the bewilderment, and later the active hostility, of his police colleagues. Equally disturbed by the corruption that surrounds him, Serpico keeps trying to inform his superiors of the situation, but all are reluctant to open a can of worms that could jeopardize their own careers or alienate their fellow officers. Eventually Serpico is forced to go public -- an action that puts his life in danger from those who are sworn to serve and protect.


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19th Apr '16 2:10:58 AM TheGreenHerring
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* StopOrIWillShoot: While plainclothes Serpico is trying to capture a thief, a patrolman opens fire on them both right after he gets out of his patrol car, assuming that Serpico, who's just drawn his gun and yelled "Hold it," to be just another armed criminal. Serpico chews him out for this:
--> "You stupid fuck! ... You didn't know me? You fire without looking? You fire without a warning, without a fucking brain in your head? Oh, shit. If I buy one, you motherfucker, I'm not gonna buy it from you."
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