Cinema: On the Take

SERPICO

Directed by SIDNEY LUMET

Screenplay by WALDO SALT and NORMAN WEXLER

Wonderful potential: a loose dramatization of the career of Frank Serpico, an undercover cop who in 1971 was instrumental in exposing corruption of almost grotesque proportions within the New York City police department. A chance to deal with difficult questions: What is it that makes a cop resist, then fight against a system of dubious morality that is accepted, even defended within the department? When can such resistance lead to or ever require informing? What moves — or compels — a man...

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