Directed by Sidney Lumet
Does anyone else think Al Pacino is a huge asshole? I find him rather exhausting to watch. He's in so many good movies that his overindulgent performances are often forgivable. This is not one of those times.
Frank Serpico tries to be a noble cop, but struggles against the corrupt police department. That's pretty much it but, of course, it is over two hours. I suppose that's how long it takes us to fully grasp Al Pacino's genius.
It's dark, it's gritty, and if you love Al Pacino, you will be impressed. If you think he is pretentious and overrated, you will be digging your nails into your face by the forty-five minute mark.
The real Frank Serpico spent a great deal of time with Al Pacino to help him with his role.
Al Pacino would go to different neighborhoods in character and supposedly pulled over a guy. God, he's a dick.