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Serpico: Al Pacino played me better than I did

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police whistle-blower Frank Serpico says Al Pacino played him better than he did himself.

Pacino played the detective who exposed widespread police corruption in the 1973 movie "Serpico." The Daily News  interviewed the real-life Serpico in Ghent, in New York's Hudson Valley, for a story published Sunday.

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The 76-year-old retiree spoke weeks after the death of fellow whistle-blowing ex-detective David Durk.

Serpico smiled as an interviewer noted he is ranked No. 41, just behind Lassie, on the American Film Institute's list of movie heroes. He says that's "good company."

The newspaper says Serpico keeps busy trying to finish a book and taking solitary walks.

Serpico and Durk's efforts resulted in front-page newspaper stories and a city panel that recommended reforms to prevent police corruption.

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Dec 24, 2012 7:31AM
serpico, michael corleone, vincent hanna, lowell bergman, al big boy caprice, toy montana, carlito brigante, lefty ruggeiro, etc are among pacino's very best.
Frank Serpico is a hero who against all odds risked his life to make things right and stop the corruption, we need hundreds mre like him.
Dec 24, 2012 7:27AM
Serpico  was an eye opener. I never trusted law enforcement again after I read the book and saw the film.
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