This review of the new documentary, Frank Serpico, was written by John DeFore from The Hollywood Reporter.
Fans of Sidney Lumet’s 1973 Serpico, starring Al Pacino and his beautiful beard, likely hold a romantic notion of the real man who inspired the movie: an Italian-American cop whose Bohemian tastes didn’t dilute his righteousness regarding police department ethics. Judging from his new doc Frank Serpico, Antonino D’Ambrosio mostly shares that rosy view, emphasizing the courage and idealism required for the eponymous policeman to testify against shamelessly corrupt colleagues. Viewers who’d prefer a bit more psychological probing may be left unsatisfied, but most will appreciate this chance to hang out with the legendary whistle-blower.
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