Serpico Movie Review Summary

Actors: Al Pacino, John Randolph, Jack Kehoe, Biff McGuire

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Taking place from 1960 to 1972, this film adaptation tells the story, as revealed by real-life New York City police officer, Frank Serpico of police corruption among his colleagues. He is also at odds with his colleagues because he has something of a ‘hippie' appearance and lives in a bohemian neighborhood.
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Serpico is promoted from being in uniform to being a detective and witnesses different kinds of corruption around him, including taking bribes, which he refuses to do. His reaction is to blow the whistle but threats are made against his life. His relationship with his girlfriend suffers under the pressure at work. During a drugs arrest, Serpico is shot in the face. Following this, he is allowed to give testimony, resulting from his undercover activity, for a government inquiry into police corruption in the city. Serpico's efforts are at last rewarded and he is given the Medal of Honor. He resigns from his career, with a disability pension.

Best part of story, including ending: I like the determination to see justice against the odds

Opinion about the main character: I like the fact that he never gives up and sticks to his principles

The review of this Movie prepared by Anne Iredale a Level 2 American Robin scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 70%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1960's-1970's Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Crime story:    -   Going undercover Criminal enemy is...    -   law enforcement gone bad

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Is this movie based on a    -   book

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