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.
Rotten Tomatoes:
130 min

This is car 2118.

Call Greenpoint Hospital.

We're bringing in a wounded cop.

All right, 10-4.

Jesus Christ.

Guess who got shot.


You think a cop did it?

I know six cops

said they'd like to.


New York Times.

Serpico's been shot.

Oh, my God!

- They're taking him to Greenpoint.

- I'll see you there.

To be a police officer

means to believe in the law...

and to enforce it impartially...

respecting the equality

of all men...

and the dignity and worth

of every individual.

Every day, your life

will be on the line...

and also your character.

You'll need integrity,

courage, honesty...

compassion, courtesy...

and perseverance...

and patience.

You men are now prepared

to join the war against crime...

and put the theory you have learned

into practice in the streets.

Same time, same place-

both reports.

I already made out a 424.

- You covering this, Lieutenant?

- Yes, Chief Green.

Who was with Serpico?

- Heinemann and Julio.

- I want them interrogated.

I want this conducted as an official

departmental investigation.

Transcripts by 9:00 a.m.

Another thing-

I want a 24-hour guard on Serpico.

- Yes, sir.

- You two, over there.

Anthony Sardo.

Ralph Seidler.

Frank Serpico.

Come on.

Marianne wants a good shot.

Get closer!

Patrolman Serpico.


See the roll-call man.

Memorize your posts and sectors.

This week you're 8:00 to 4:00.

Next week, 4:
00 to midnight.

Grab a locker.

Any questions, older guys will

fill you in. Good luck.

Yo! 8:

Let's go! Come on!

Gather around. Let's go.

All right. Settle down.

All right. Just a few announcements

today and two new men.

On the board on my left,

you see squad one, blue sector...

squad two, red sector...

squad three, green sector.

Now, we want summonses,

summonses, summonses.

I'll help the boys, Florence.

- This is Frank Serpico, Charlie.

- Hello, Frank.

- Hello, Charlie.

- How about some creamed chicken?

- Sounds good to me.

- No, I think I'll have...

How about a roast beef on roll?

Yeah, okay. You go through

the line. I'll bring it over.

Peluce, it's all fat here.

- I saw real lean beef over there.

- Take it easy.

Sit down, sit down.

- What's the matter?

- Don't be so fussy. It's free.

Well, I'm not fussy.

I don't know how I'm gonna eat this.

Charlie's okay. We give him a break

on double parking on deliveries.

Couldn't I pay for it,

get what I want?

Frank, generally, you just sort of

take what Charlie gives you.

SectorD-David, 1034,

possible rape in progress...

vicinity ofPS 218,

GrandA venue and BQ Expressway.

Becker, aren't

we gonna take that?

Relax, Frank.

It's not our sector.

It's on the borderline.

I'm gonna take it.

D sector, 1547, 10-4.

Oh, my God!

Hold it! Hold it!

Police officers!

Oh, sh*t!

- Come on. Give us-

- Don't shoot now.

Be cool.

All right. Okay.

Put your guns away.

Put your guns away, man.

Come on. Goddamn it!

I said put them

motherfucking guns away!

I'll cut her, goddamn it.

Turn the motherfucking

light out, man.

I'll cut her, man.

I'll cut her.

Now, you just be cool,

goddamn it.

Just be cool. All right.

All right. All right.

That's it.

The other one took his thing out.

He put it up to my mouth.

He- He held me down.

They said if I didn't do it...

they'd kill me.

She's gonna make

a hell of a witness.

Would you like a stretcher?

Muscles, he's all yours.

I'll call you from the hospital.

Okay, hard-on.

Who were your playmates?

Hey, Frank,

you want a piece of this?

No. I'm gonna fill out

the arrest card.

Hey, Charlie, let me have

five minutes with him.

- 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*** 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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