Synopsis: Serpico is a cop in the 1960s-early 1970s. Unlike all his colleagues, he refuses a share of the money that the cops routinely extort from local criminals. Nobody wants to work with Serpico, and he's in constant danger of being placed in life threatening positions by his "partners". Nothing seems to get done even when he goes to the highest of authorities. Despite the dangers he finds himself in, he still refuses to 'go with the flow', in the hope that one day, the truth will be known.
Director(s): Sidney Lumet
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 9 nominations.
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130 min

- Sure.

- Thanks.

Thank you, Charlie.

That prick really worked you over.

How do you feel?

How come you didn't

stay for the fun?

That's not my kind of fun.


I want to talk to you.

I want to take you across the

street, get you a cup of coffee...

without cuffs.

Now, look. I didn't touch you

upstairs, right?

You take off on me,

I'll put one in your back.


Come on.

It's a goddamn shame you gotta take

this whole rap yourself.

I don't know. Maybe you're guilty,

maybe you're not.

Maybe you just

went along for the ride.

I got a feeling

you just went along.

But you're the one

who got caught.

You never even

got your cock out.

- Put it in the report.

- It's in the report.

Look at you.

- I can't eat.

- No, you can't.

I don't understand you,

you know that?

What are you,

obligated to those guys?

F*ck it.

They left you holding the bag.

You don't owe them nothin'.

They're gonna put you away,

you know that?

What can I get?

Oh, let's see-


sodomy, rape...

Are you kidding me?

You talk to me.

Save yourself.

Let it go, Harv!

Take the shot.

You not gonna send someone over?

Look, look.

McCoy, I get one,

I'm gonna lose the other.

Look, Serpico, that's Muscles' case.

He's off for a couple days.

- I can't cut in, Frank.

- They're here now!

- It'll keep.

- No, it won't!

Police officer!

Hold it! Hold it!

Turn around. Turn around.


Come on, man. Come on.

Please take that gun from my head.

Turn around slow.

We'll take it from here, kid.

You don't have to hang around.

What are you talking about?

That's my collar.

We take the collar.

A collar like this, don't look good,

a patrolman takes it.

Wait a minute.

I don't care how it looks.

Now, I did the work. I broke my ass

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Waldo Salt

Waldo Miller Salt was an American screenwriter who was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses during the era of McCarthyism. He later won Academy Awards for Midnight Cowboy and Coming Home. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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