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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine performance from Pacino, a compelling true story film, 8 July 2014
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This review is from: Serpico [DVD] [1973] (DVD)
This ranks for me as one of Pacino's best on screen efforts, though I like numerous other films he's done too.

Here we have a true story which follows Police Officer Frank Serpico whom is played by Pacino convincingly, he starts off a a normal "green" cop, but soon finds a taste for the undercover plain clothes operation. Serpico is a man of morals and refuses to accept bribes from local mobsters and the Mafia. Soon he finds himself on the outside of the police community as they see him a risk and loose canon, Serpico's oddball looks and refusal to accept pay off's soon puts his life in danger as his colleagues turn the other way at critical times. He faces a choice to either go with the police corruption or testify against his colleagues and expose the department to the Knapp Commission.

It's a simple plot one honest cop's stubborn refusal to bow to pressure; his personal life suffers and his career is sidetracked as he stands alone in his department. Pacino does a fine job of portraying the stress and edge of Frank Serpico. Script is excellent as is direction from Sidney Lumet, even the soundtrack is worthy of a mention. Everything fits together very well in a polished production, the film was a commercial success despite a fairly modest budget from the studio. This is more a thinkers film with some smaller action parts, more an exploration in a slower burn way..not really a fast pace, but the story unfolds in a way which never leaves your attention wandering.

Not an easy job to play this part with such conviction, but Pacino has real edge and is completely immersive in his performance. One of the most appealing aspects of the film is the true nature of events, it's a hard film to fault in many ways. A real must watch despite the somewhat dated feel, some great acting here (not just Pacino). This should feature high up the list of true story film fans.
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Initial post: 8 Jul 2014 09:33:47 BDT
Excellent review your fast becoming the Alex Zane of Amazon my friend.

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