Is Serpico a True Story? Was Frank Serpico a Real Police Officer?

Jun 30, 2022 316

BY: Tamal Kundu

Directed by Sidney Lumet, ‘Serpico’ (1973) is a crime-drama movie. Predominantly set in New York, the film revolves around Frank Serpico (Al Pacino), a police officer who encounters rampant corruption within the New York Police Department.

It depicts his struggles against the department as his determined refusal to take bribes turns him into a pariah among the police. Frank’s colleagues threaten him, none of his relationships last, and he comes pretty close to dying multiple times. Despite all this, he remains firm in his conviction.

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