Sunday, September 27, 2015

Movie review - "Serpico" (1973) ***

Many excellent things about this famous crime drama - Al Pacino's performance in the title role, a superb array of New York actors playing cops, the whole gritty feel of it, Lumet's brisk direction, Pacino's groovy hairstyles and costumes; it's a movie for grown ups.

Other things aren't as good - the film goes for too long and for much of the time the action felt repetitive; the female roles are negligible (in common with much classic 70s cinema) - naggers or bimbos; the only character we got to know well was Serpico; the music is overblown. Still, much of it holds up well.

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