Frank Serpico

2017 | USA | NR | 96 min.


Kirkbride at the Commons Sat, Jul 29, 2017 9:00 AM
Film Info
Section:US Documentary
Release Year:2017
Runtime:96 min.
Production Country:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Antonino D'Ambrosio
Produced by:Antonino D'Ambrosio
Brian Devine
Brooke Devine
Jason Orans
Screenwriter:Antonino D'Ambrosio
Editing By:Karim Lòpez
Trevor Tweeten
Cast:Frank Serpico
Luc Sante
John Turturro
Janet Panetta
Donna Murch


Fans of the seminal 1973 Al Pacino film “Serpico” have an opportunity to get acquainted with his nonfiction counterpart in Antonino D’Ambrosio’s documentary. The retired police officer is notorious for uncovering corruption inside the New York Police Department in the 1960s, risking his career and life in the process. After he blew the whistle, Serpico experienced paranoia and PTSD. Concerned for his safety, he exiled himself to Europe for more than two decades before coming back to America in the 1990s. D’Ambrosio interviews people close to Serpico, focusing on the man’s life instead of the story that surrounds him. Nonetheless, the film’s subtext acts as a reminder that police corruption has far from disappeared in the years since Serpico’s retirement. This testament to the courage and idealism of whistleblowers is augmented by original music from Jack White and an original score by Brendan Canty of Fugazi.

Kyle Skarshaug (Sat)

Diane Bonina & Jennifer Sherman (Sat)