‘Frank Serpico’ from Antonino D’Ambrosio (IFC Films)
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.
Directed by Antonino D’Ambrosio