O polícia bom... O que tiro daqui é esta Nova Iorque de setenta, a colisão das gerações, da tradição e da cosmopolia, com mais evidência que nos demais tempos, e essa fotografia verde-cinza e cor de barro, quanto à bófia, não mudou, os mesmos sacanas, carrascos do pobre, para isso servem, aceitem subornos ou não
Fantastic. Hard to keep track of which disgruntled old guy is which. I watched the episode of Always Sunny with the Serpico storyline years ago, so I'm glad that the film does it justice (also, it's even funnier now that I know that the impression actually has very little to do with the film).
A brilliant essay on idealism and honesty navigating institutional apathy and corruption. With a deft economy of plotting and unobtrusive mise-en-scene Lumet superbly documents a tragic narrative through the wonderfully nuanced performance of Pacino as a cop who's idealism is actually steadfastness not plastic heroics. One wonders (cynically) if 'same old, same old' holds true now? Perhaps there's the tragedy.
Voilà une oeuvre en tous points, exceptionnelle : par la formidable interprétation d'Al Pacino qui crève littéralement l'écran de sa présence, par la vision quasi-documentaire d'un milieu policier corrompu avec ses codes et ses règlements occultes, par la maîtrise cinématographique de Sidney Lumet, au top niveau de son talent... www.cinefiches.com
The vibrant urban jungle background serves as the perfect setting for this tale of honesty and integrity. The oddball Serpico is the obvious magnetic center, absolutely incredible. The movie is all juice, due to the economic editing. No time is wasted in telling this brave man's story, and gladly so.
rewatched. An extraordinary example of what most significant happened in North-American industrial cinema, in the last decade it knew how to approach the human not forgetting the specificity of its language. Lumet was one of its greatest exponents and if he would lose some brilliance from "Daniel" on, most films directed in the 70s made him the filmmaker who best knew how to inhabit a city, New York New York.
It's amazing how real the Serpico character remains throughout the movie. The ideals he represents could have easily turned him into a caricature, however the whole package- the additude, the clothes and, of course, Al Pacinos impecable acting- made him one of the best balanced hero characters I've ever seen.
A true "New Hollywood" biopic juggling between a drama about personal defeat/victory/both, portrait of hippy 70's New York and an All-American police thriller. With underlying engaged tone that could have only been more convincing back when first screened, and staying away from preachy black-and-white characterizations. Somewhere Oliver Stone should re-watch, write things down and learn.