Watch Early Al Pacino Classic ‘Serpico’ For Free This Weekend At The International Museum Of Art
Back in the day, before Denzel Washington shocked everyone with Training Day, Al Pacino showed what it was like to be a cop in a bad department in 1973's Serpico. The movie was based on a real New York City police officer, Frank Serpico, who resisted getting caught up in the corruption of the New York Police Department, and ultimately ended up taking a bullet for his stand against that corruption.
Al Pacino had done the first of The Godfather movies the year before, but this was a total departure from the character of Michael Corleone. Frank Serpico joined the NYPD in the 50s, but by the late 60s, was so fed up with the corruption he was seeing that he blew the whistle on the department in a New York Times article. His fellow officers were suspected of luring Serpico to a raid at a drug dealers apartment where he was shot in the face by the dealer. The officers who were with him on the raid didn't call for help, but a resident of the apartment building did, saving Serpico's life. Serpico retired from the NYPD in 1972 and still speaks out against police corruption. The movie based on his life is a real slice of 70s movie making and a shocking portrayal of what was going on at that time.
You can see the movie at the International Museum of Art for free, and get your movie snacks on at the ridiculously low-cost concession stand before the film. Then, take the time to walk around the International, a Trost-designed building, and see the exhibits for free. This is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
WHAT: Serpico, starring Al Pacino
WHEN: April 29, 2:00 p.m.
WHERE International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana