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2,206 Ratings


Directed by Sidney Lumet
United States, Italy, 1973
Biography, Crime, Drama


The first film in Sidney Lumet’s unofficial trilogy about New York City police corruption (followed by Prince of the City and Q&A) recounts the true-life exploits of Frank Serpico, a plainclothes cop whose landmark testimony helped to expose the biggest corruption scandal in NYPD history.

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Serpico Directed by Sidney Lumet

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1974 | 2 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

National Board of Review

1973 | 2 wins including: Best Actor

BAFTA Awards

1975 | 3 nominations including: Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music

Directors Guild of America

1974 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Critics reviews

Lumet grounds the story with so much hard-won local detail—as IMDB notes, this was shot at 104 New York City locations—that the film can be appreciated simply as a documentary of the city at this time. It may lack the complex Brechtian structure of PRINCE or the procedural precision of NIGHT FALLS, but it’s still dyed-in-the-wool Lumet, perceptive and cynical in equal measure.
October 13, 2017
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