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Frank Serpico (2017)

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In the early 1970s, one man stood up to the entire New York City police force. Hailed as a hero by many, hated by others, officer Frank Serpico made headlines when he blew the whistle on a culture of bribery and corruption within the department. His one-man crusade for police reform inspired the Al Pacino classic that bears his name, but the real life saga is as gripping as anything Hollywood could dream up. Now, Serpico tells his story in his own words: from his Italian-American roots in Brooklyn to his disillusionment with the NYPD to his riveting account of a dramatic drug bust-and possible set-up-that ended with him being shot in the face. Featuring music by Jack White and interviews with Serpico's associates and admirers-including Luc Sante and John Turturro-this is an inspiring, all-access portrait of a courageous man who refused to betray his ideals.

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A must for fans of upstanding citizenry.

November 17, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

For the most part this is an engaging refresher course in what fighting the power looks like.

November 9, 2017 | Full Review…

Frank Serpico, though sprawling and seething, isn't a hagiography. It probes instead into Serpico's personal agonies.

November 1, 2017 | Full Review…

The star of the movie is a compelling figure, and Mr. D'Ambrosio presents quite a few people from Mr. Serpico's past who have a similar draw. But the director's filmmaking instincts are not always salutary.

October 31, 2017 | Full Review…

"Frank Serpico" is a finely etched and fascinating documentary.

October 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Viewers who'd prefer a bit more psychological probing may be left unsatisfied, but most will appreciate this chance to hang out with the legendary whistle-blower.

May 9, 2017 | Full Review…

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