Serpico

Posted on 23. Feb, 2014 by in Manhattan, New York City

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The story of NYPD whistleblower Frank Serpico.  Movie of the NYPD and police corruption as it existed therein in the 1970s.  According to the Wikipedia entry on Serpico, A total of 104 different locations in four of the five boroughs of the city (all except Staten Island) were used. A number of notable scenic features which appear in the movie, such as the building in Brooklyn where a drug-related shootout occurs, and the stadium with classical columns on the campus of City College, have since been torn down.

Serpico is regarded as a “time capsule” of a bygone era (the 1970s) in New York with all the limitations of that era, such as one-dimensional portrayals of most, if not all of the female characters, and the majority of the black characters.

Former police officer Frank Serpico is still alive today, and claims to be writing his version of the story, while living an eccentric, low-budget life somewhere in upstate New York.