History Film / Serpico

25th Jan '16 5:12:40 PM aye_amber
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This 1973 film, directed by Creator/SidneyLumet and produced by Creator/DinoDeLaurentiis, 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 Creator/DinoDeLaurentiis, 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.
7th Jan '16 10:34:31 AM Prfnoff
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This 1973 film directed by Creator/SidneyLumet 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 film, directed by Creator/SidneyLumet and produced by Creator/DinoDeLaurentiis, 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.
6th Jan '16 6:17:49 PM Tdarcos
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* 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''." [[spoiler:That's exactly what happens]].
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* 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]].

* UnfriendlyFire: One of Serpico's fellow officers pleads with him to drop his corruption allegations because his life will be in danger. "They don't even have to shoot you. They just have to not be there when you need them." This is played out when Serpico is caught by a closing door during a drug bust, and his police colleagues don't do anything until after he's shot.
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* UnfriendlyFire: One of Serpico's fellow officers pleads with him to drop his corruption allegations because his life will be in danger. "They don't even have to shoot you. They just have to not be there when you need them." This is played out when Serpico is caught by a closing door during a drug bust, and his police colleagues don't do anything until after he's shot. (See BetrayalByInaction above.)
6th Jan '16 6:12:41 PM Tdarcos
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* 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''." [[spoiler:That's exactly what happens]].
25th Nov '15 9:57:50 PM IuraCivium
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* GoodIsNotSoft: Serpico doesn't take bribes and is a lot nicer to criminals. The latter actually makes him [[GoodIsNotDumb more effective]] at getting names. He buys one of the rapists a snack, but he wouldn't hesitate to put a bullet in him if he tried to walk away. The former makes him bullied and menaced by other cops, but push him to far, like the guy with the knife, and he'll put you to the ground with the gun in your face.
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* GoodIsNotSoft: Serpico doesn't take bribes and is a lot nicer to criminals. The latter actually makes him [[GoodIsNotDumb more effective]] at getting names. He buys one of the rapists a snack, but he wouldn't hesitate to put a bullet in him if he tried to walk away. The former makes him bullied and menaced by other cops, but push him to too far, like the guy with the knife, and he'll put you to the ground with the gun in your face.
30th Oct '15 4:16:17 AM Morgenthaler
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19th Oct '15 4:46:26 PM Pren
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* HowWeGotHere: The film begins with the incident that caused Serpico's retirement, where he was shot in the face during a drug raid.
10th Jan '15 7:59:52 PM redandready45
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* BittersweetEnding: Serpico does succeed in creating a body to deal with police corruption. However, his colleagues are implied to have set him up to get shot in the face, after which Serpico bitterly quits and leaves for Switzerland.
10th Jan '15 7:56:35 PM redandready45
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* GoodIsNotSoft: Serpico doesn't take bribes and is a lot nicer to criminals. The latter actually makes him [[GoodIsNotDumb more effective]] at getting names. He buys one of the rapists a snack, but he wouldn't hesitate to put a bullet in him if he tried to walk away. The former makes him bullied and menaced by other cops, but push him to far, like the guy with the knife, and he'll put you to the ground with the gun in your face.
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