The film opens with Frank Serpico (Al Pacino) slumped in the backseat of a police car, covered in blood as it races to a hospital with lights and sirens blaring. He has just been shot. The rest of the movie is essentially a flashback. It follows Serpico as he becomes a police officer in 1960. He is very idealistic and believes in non-brutal methods to catch criminals. Serpico also refuses to join in on police corruption, specifically that which involves shaking down and taking payoffs from gambling and drug dealing organizations. His refusal to take bribes earns him the suspicion of his fellow officers throughout the majority of the precincts to which he is assigned. Additionally, Serpico finds trouble fitting in due to his embrace of the counterculture of the 1960s. He moves to Greenwich Village, grows his hair and beard long to the point where he must maintain a plainclothes appearance, and associates with a more left wing crowd that is distrusting of the NYPD.
Serpico begins to appeal to his bosses about the corruption, but gets nowhere. He enlists a fellow officer, Bob Blair (Tony Roberts) in his fight against corruption, but still faces it. His campaign takes a toll on him and the tensions take a toll on his relationship with Laurie (Barbara Ed Young), who ultimately ends up leaving him. After a transfer, Serpico is shot in a drug bust and is seriously injured, because his bitter colleagues did not come to his rescue.
At the end of the film, Serpico testifies to the Knapp Commission on police corruption.
The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Al Pacino) and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.Serpico is considered by many to be a classic film. Pacino's performance in the movie is widely considered as one of his best. His role as Frank Serpico is ranked at #40 on the American Film Institutes "100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains" list. The film is also ranked at #84 on the American Film Institutes "100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies" list.
Ultimate Star Ajith Kumar bore a same getup like that of Serpico's Al-Pacino.In this Untitled Movie Ajith is rumored as an Investigation Officer.The Untitled Movie with Raju Sundaram might be a Remake of this Classical Movie. This movie is considered as one of the Best Movie Ever Made. Al-Pacino was nominated for Academy Award in this film. So Ajith fans ...GET READY FOR ANOTHER BLOCKBUSTER !!