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.