Cast and Crew: Sidney Lumet (Director); Peter Maas (Book); Dino De Laurentiis (Executive Producer); Mikis Theodrakiis (Score); M. Emmet Walsh, F. Murray Abraham, Judd Hirsch, Tony Lo Bianco, Tracey Walter
What It’s About: Serpico (Al Pacino) is a cop who won’t take bribes and desperately tries to find someone, anyone, who he can report the practice to, aided only by Bob Blair (Tony Roberts), a cop attached to the Mayor’s office. Serpico advances from beat cop to detective and undercover man, always being moved because his fellow officers do not like working with a man who will not take payments, ultimately paying a heavy price for his fight against corruption.
Why Watch it Today?: Today is International Anti-Corruption Day, set up by the UN to bring awareness to the fight to end bribery and corruption in all of its forms. Serpico tells the real life story of a man who fought corruption at every turn with a powerhouse performance by Al Pacino in the title role.