Sidney Lumet's 1973 crime drama Serpico
remains one of the most influential cop movies - alongside Al Pacino's nuanced performance in a disturbing portrait of corruption and morality in the city that never sleeps.
A plainclothes street patrolman, Frank Serpico (Pacino) might be the best cop in New York, but his unwillingness to play dirty and give into police corruption of drugs, violence, and kickbacks his colleagues indulge in every day. When he decides to expose those around him, Frank finds himself a target, not just to the city's criminals, but his own peers.
Shot on location and based on real events, Serpico
captures the grit of New York in a way no film has rivalled, not just for its toned down realism, but also the bleakness Lumet portrays within his hometown city with brutal cynicism with frank immediacy. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Serpico
for the first time on Blu-Ray in the UK. SPECIAL FEATURES:
- Gorgeous restored 1080p transfer on the film
- Original theatrical trailer
- Video documentary Serpico: Reel to Real
- Video documentary Inside Serpico
- Video piece Serpico: Favorite Moments
- 36-PAGE FULL-COLOUR BOOKLET featuring a new and exclusive essay by critic and author of Al Pacino: Anatomy of an Actor, Karina Longworth; rare archival imagery, and more!
"Al Pacino delivers a powerful performance in this compelling biopic of a cop and a city's police force" - Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"A virtuoso performance by Al Pacino and some expert location work by Sidney Lumet add up to a tour de force genre piece (1973) that transcends the supercop conventions to create a moving, engrossing portrait of Frank Serpico-a literate, sensitive, honest cop who tried to come to terms with society and the policeman's place in it, and was crucified by a police department too corrupt to want any part of the real world. " - Don Druker, The Chicago Reader