Considering the iconic status of the finished product, it’s hard to believe that Lumet replaced director John Avildsen just before filming commenced. His detail-oriented approach yielded a cop classic. Al Pacino, in one of his most memorable performances, plays real life NYPD detective Frank Serpico, who uncovered widespread police corruption and suffered the consequences.
About Adam Rifkin
Adam Rifkin is the versatile writer/director known for writing family fare like Disney’s Underdog, Dreamwork’s Mousehunt, Small Soldiers and Zoom. From his darker, grittier side Rifkin wrote and directed the cult hits The Dark Backward, Detroit Rock City, Night at the Golden Eagle, The Chase and his critically acclaimed and award winning surveillance drama Look. Most recently Rifkin wrote and directed Reality Show, a dark satire about the world of reality television that had its world premiere on the opening night of the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. Follow Adam on Twitter Adam on Facebook