- 1. This is car 2118.
Call Greenpoint Hospital.
- 2. We're bringing in a wounded cop.
- 3. All right, 10-4.
- 4. 8th Precinct.
- 5. Jesus Christ.
- 6. Guess who got shot.
- 7. Serpico.
- 8. You think a cop did it?
- 9. I know six cops
said they'd like to.
- 10. Hello.
- 11. New York Times.
Serpico's been shot.
- 12. Oh, my God!
- 13. - They're taking him to Greenpoint.
- I'll see you there.
- 14. To be a police officer
means to believe in the law...
- 15. and to enforce it impartially...
- 16. respecting the equality
of all men...
- 17. and the dignity and worth
of every individual.
- 18. Every day, your life
will be on the line...
- 19. and also your character.
- 20. You'll need integrity,
- 21. compassion, courtesy...
- 22. and perseverance...
- 23. and patience.
- 24. You men are now prepared
to join the war against crime...
- 25. and put the theory you have learned
into practice in the streets.
- 26. Same time, same place...
- 27. I already made out a 424.
- 28. - You covering this, Lieutenant?
- Yes, Chief Green.
- 29. Who was with Serpico?
- 30. - Heinemann and Julio.
- I want them interrogated.
- 31. I want this conducted as an official
- 32. Transcripts by 9:00 a.m.
- 33. Another thing...
I want a 24-hour guard on Serpico.
- 34. - Yes, sir.
- You two, over there.
- 35. Anthony Sardo.
- 36. Ralph Seidler.
- 37. Frank Serpico.
- 38. Come on.
Marianne wants a good shot.
- 39. Get closer!
- 40. Patrolman Serpico.
- 41. Upstairs.
See the roll-call man.
- 42. Memorize your posts and sectors.
This week you're 8:00 to 4:00.
- 43. Next week, 4:00 to midnight.
Grab a locker.
- 44. Any questions, older guys will
fill you in. Good luck.
- 45. Yo! 8:00.
Let's go! Come on!
- 46. Gather around. Let's go.
- 47. All right. Settle down.
- 48. All right. Just a few announcements
today and two new men.
- 49. On the board on my left,
you see squad one, blue sector...
- 50. squad two, red sector...
- 51. squad three, green sector.
- 52. Now, we want summonses,
- 53. I'll help the boys, Florence.
- 54. - This is Frank Serpico, Charlie.
- Hello, Frank.
- 55. - Hello, Charlie.
- How about some creamed chicken?
- 56. - Sounds good to me.
- No, I think I'll have...
- 57. How about a roast beef on roll?
- 58. Yeah, okay. You go through
the line. I'll bring it over.
- 59. Peluce, it's all fat here.
- 60. - I saw real lean beef over there.
- Take it easy.
- 61. Sit down, sit down.
- 62. - What's the matter?
- Don't be so fussy. It's free.
- 63. Well, I'm not fussy.
I don't know how I'm gonna eat this.
- 64. Charlie's okay. We give him a break
on double parking on deliveries.
- 65. Couldn't I pay for it,
get what I want?
- 66. Frank, generally, you just sort of
take what Charlie gives you.
- 67. Sector D-David, 1034,
possible rape in progress...
- 68. vicinity of PS 218,
Grand Avenue and BQ Expressway.
- 69. Becker, aren't
we gonna take that?
- 70. Relax, Frank.
It's not our sector.
- 71. It's on the borderline.
- 72. I'm gonna take it.
- 73. D sector, 1547, 10-4.
- 74. Oh, my God!
- 75. Hold it! Hold it!
- 76. Oh, shit!
- 77. - Come on. Give us...
- Don't shoot now.
- 78. Be cool.
- 79. All right. Okay.
Put your guns away.
- 80. Put your guns away, man.
Come on. Goddamn it!
- 81. I said put them
motherfucking guns away!
- 82. I'll cut her, goddamn it.
- 83. Turn the motherfucking
light out, man.
- 84. I'll cut her, man.
I'll cut her.
- 85. Now, you just be cool,
- 86. Just be cool. All right.
- 87. All right. All right.
- 88. The other one took his thing out.
- 89. He put it up to my mouth.
- 90. He... He held me down.
- 91. They said if I didn't do it...
- 92. they'd kill me.
- 93. She's gonna make
a hell of a witness.
- 94. Would you like a stretcher?
- 95. Muscles, he's all yours.
I'll call you from the hospital.
- 96. Okay, hard-on.
- 97. Who were your playmates?
- 98. Hey, Frank,
you want a piece of this?
- 99. No. I'm gonna fill out
the arrest card.
- 100. Hey, Charlie, let me have
five minutes with him.
- 101. - Sure.
- 102. Thank you, Charlie.
- 103. That prick really worked you over.
How do you feel?
- 104. How come you didn't
stay for the fun?
- 105. That's not my kind of fun.
- 106. Shit.
- 107. I want to talk to you.
- 108. I want to take you across the
street, get you a cup of coffee...
- 109. without cuffs.
- 110. Now, look. I didn't touch you
- 111. You take off on me,
I'll put one in your back.
- 112. Understand?
- 113. Come on.
- 114. It's a goddamn shame you gotta take
this whole rap yourself.
- 115. I don't know. Maybe you're guilty,
maybe you're not.
- 116. Maybe you just
went along for the ride.
- 117. I got a feeling
you just went along.
- 118. But you're the one
who got caught.
- 119. You never even
got your cock out.
- 120. - Put it in the report.
- It's in the report.
- 121. Look at you.
- 122. - I can't eat.
- No, you can't.
- 123. I don't understand you,
you know that?
- 124. What are you,
obligated to those guys?
- 125. Fuck it.
They left you holding the bag.
- 126. You don't owe them nothin'.
- 127. They're gonna put you away,
you know that?
- 128. What can I get?
- 129. Oh, let's see...
- 130. sodomy, rape...
- 131. Are you kidding me?
- 132. You talk to me.
- 133. Let it go, Harv!
- 134. Take the shot.
- 135. You not gonna send someone over?
- 136. McCoy, I get one,
I'm gonna lose the other.
- 137. Look, Serpico, that's Muscles' case.
He's off for a couple days.
- 138. - I can't cut in, Frank.
- They're here now!
- 139. - It'll keep.
- No, it won't!
- 140. Police officer!
Hold it! Hold it!
- 141. Turn around. Turn around.
- 142. - Ow!
- 143. Come on, man. Come on.
Please take that gun from my head.
- 144. Turn around slow.
- 145. We'll take it from here, kid.
You don't have to hang around.
- 146. What are you talking about?
That's my collar.
- 147. We take the collar.
- 148. A collar like this, don't look good,
a patrolman takes it.
- 149. Wait a minute.
I don't care how it looks.
- 150. Now, I did the work. I broke my ass
on this. It's my collar.
- 151. You really want the collar, kid?
You can be brought up on charges.
- 152. Left your post, the street, entered
the school yard without permission...
- 153. That's just for openers.
- 154. No memo entry. Shit. You'll be lucky
to end up with a reprimand.
- 155. We'll give you an assist
on the arrest, kid.
- 156. Come on, Frankie!
- 157. Jim, get out of the way!
What are you doing?
- 158. What you want me to do?
Go across the street?
- 159. - Hey, Frank.
- Hi, Uncle Will. How you doing?
- 160. - Hey, Pasquale.
- Hey, Frankie! How you doing?
- 161. Okay. How you doing?
- 162. Be back in a half hour.
How's it going, Frankie?
- 163. Okay.
I come to get my shoes.
- 164. Rev it up. Rev it up!
- 165. - Here they are.
- Frankie, how you doing?
- 166. Okay. Good job.
- 167. You people do good work here.
- 168. So, how you doing, Frankie?
- 169. You keep asking me that. What's
the matter with you? I'm doing okay!
- 170. Well, I thought you were coming over
to the house Saturday night.
- 171. I'm sorry, Pasquale.
I couldn't make it.
- 172. Margaret invited Marianne over.
Marianne was very disappointed...
- 173. Now, look. I don't like that.
I mean, really.
- 174. Don't invite people over
if you're not sure I'm gonna come.
- 175. I mean it, now. If I want to
see Marianne, I'll call her.
- 176. What's going on
with you two anyway?
- 177. Hey, Pasquale,
I'm gonna tell you something.
- 178. See, all day long,
I work with cops. Right?
- 179. Now, when I go out,
I see Marianne...
- 180. her father's a cop, her brother's
a cop, her uncle's a cop.
- 181. - I got a feeling she's a cop too.
- Come here!
- 182. - How you doing on the job?
- It's got its problems.
- 183. Mama tells me that you're looking
for a new apartment. Is that true?
- 184. - Yeah.
- So, where are you going?
- 185. I don't know.
I'm looking around by school.
- 186. NYU? Greenwich Village?
- 187. - Yeah, Greenwich Village.
- What's the matter?
- 188. The old neighborhood's
not good enough for ya?
- 189. Tell Pop I was here.
- 190. Frankie, Sunday?
- 191. Sunday what?
- 192. Dinner? Huh?
- 193. - Do me one favor... no Marianne.
- I know. No Marianne.
- 194. All right.
A couple of announcements.
- 195. "Announcing a course in
- 196. to be given at John Jay College.
- 197. This course will be available
to those patrolmen...
- 198. who wish to make themselves
eligible for assignment...
- 199. to the Bureau of
Criminal Identification, BCI...
- 200. which is generally considered to be
a path to a detective's gold shield.
- 201. Signed, Captain McGuire".
- 202. On the board on my left,
you see squad one...
- 203. Hot enough for ya?
- 204. It's not the heat.
It's the humidity.
- 205. I had a feeling
you were gonna say that.
- 206. You know how long
you're taking on that one?
- 207. Check one print category, two...
- 208. I'm not gonna give a guy a
"no record" when he might have one.
- 209. How long you been
with the BCI now, Serpico?
- 210. All my life.
- 211. That's long enough to know
how we do things.
- 212. Barto, it's not just that.
- 213. You don't like me.
- 214. BCI never had
a weirdo cop before.
- 215. Barto, stop buggin' me.
- 216. Mama?
- 217. Wanna buy a puppy?
- 218. Look at that, huh?
- 219. Where'd you get these dogs?
- 220. Oh, they're mine.
- 221. Want one for free?
- 222. - I'll pay for it. How much?
- Five dollars.
- 223. You got it.
- 224. Okay, now which one
of you guys wanna come with me?
- 225. What?
- 226. Come on.
- 227. - Could you do me a favor?
- 228. Just watch the car and my stuff
over here, 'cause I'm movin' in.
- 229. - Yeah.
- Thank you.
- 230. Don Quixote.
- 231. Señorita Land?
- 232. Mr. Serpico.
- 233. I got my horse here.
Maybe I could drop you someplace.
- 234. Well, I'm going to work
at the Café Reggio.
- 235. Café Reggio.
- 236. - That's 4th Street and...
- MacDougal and 3rd.
- 237. - Can I give you a lift?
- Yeah. Sure.
- 238. Jesus, what's that?
- 239. You got your hands on
my money belt. Don't do that.
- 240. That's not a money belt.
That's a gun.
- 241. - Well, we gotta eat, don't we?
- Oh, come on!
- 242. - What do you need a gun for?
- Ever hear of Barnum and Bailey?
- 243. - Yeah.
- Well, I'm their lion tamer.
- 244. - Come on.
- That's the truth.
- 245. - I think you're full of shit.
- You do, huh?
- 246. - What do you do?
- 247. I'm an actress, a singer,
a dancer and a Buddhist.
- 248. In that order?
- 249. - I'm a cop. Would you believe that?
- No, I wouldn't believe it.
- 250. Those leaps that guy made,
what do you call 'em again?
- 251. Jetés.
- 252. You try it.
- 253. All right. How do you start it?
What's your position?
- 254. Next life. Come on.
- 255. What are you reading now,
- 256. My Life by Isadora Duncan.
- 257. She was a ballet dancer.
- 258. A belly dancer?
- 259. No. No, a ballet dancer.
- 260. - You know ballet?
- A little.
- 261. - A little bit? You ever see one?
- Not close.
- 262. I've been to the ballet.
- 263. - I've been taking classes.
- Oh, yeah?
- 264. That's where I go
after I leave here.
- 265. Fantastic for your body.
Really builds you up.
- 266. - I can tell.
- You noticed, huh?
- 267. I noticed.
- 268. There's five positions.
- 269. Five pos...
You're being shortchanged.
- 270. - Oh, no. It's enough. Believe me.
- For what?
- 271. Watch. See?
- 272. This is the first position.
- 273. From this position,
I can do anything.
- 274. - You want to see?
- 275. Here we go.
- 276. Bye, Barto!
- 277. - Lieutenant Steiger...
- No, no. Later.
- 278. - Hey, turn off the lights.
- Potts, I wanted to read.
- 279. Positions, positions!
- 280. Positions like that you don't see
in a pretzel factory.
- 281. Now I gotta do my pee-pee
in the dark.
- 282. She's gotta be a nympho
with positions like that.
- 283. Hey, Serpico, how can you piss
at a time like this?
- 284. Barto wants a specimen.
- 285. I'm gonna look into this matter.
- 286. - What do you got there?
- 287. Straight ahead.
- 288. - Straight ahead where?
- Third window down.
- 289. - I don't see anything over there.
- Let me see.
- 290. She just pulled down the shade.
- 291. - You gotta be some kind of jinx.
- That's right. Blame me.
- 292. Hold it, Serpico.
What were you two doing?
- 293. - What?
- In the shithouse in the dark!
- 294. Were you goin' down on him?
- 295. - What are you talking about?
- You gonna tell me you were peeping?
- 296. You were sucking his cock,
- 297. - What are you, crazy?
- I'll show you fuckin' crazy!
- 298. Last week I found a pair of shorts
with semen on 'em!
- 299. There!
- 300. You actually accusing me of this?
- 301. Good morning, Captain McClain.
I'm Officer Serpico.
- 302. I was told I could
talk to you, sir.
- 303. Certainly, son.
- 304. Lieutenant Steiger
won't make a report.
- 305. He's too concerned with
the image of his department.
- 306. But it... it could affect
your future in the BCI.
- 307. Sir, I tell you...
- 308. Frankly,
I don't see any future there.
- 309. It was bullshit about it being
a path toward being detective...
- 310. because I've been there
two years now...
- 311. And you want a transfer.
- 312. Yes, sir, but I don't wanna
go back to uniform.
- 313. I'll see what I can do, Frank.
- 314. Francis, do you know about my
weekend retreats for Catholic officers?
- 315. Well, you read that.
It might be of interest to you.
- 316. You are Catholic?
- 317. - Yeah. I was baptized, yes.
- Good, good.
- 318. Alfie, come on.
- 319. I missed you, baby.
- 320. She's so crazy, that girl,
I tell you.
- 321. Why Paco?
- 322. All my friends call me Paco.
Could you do me a favor?
- 323. - Get my keys out of this pocket.
- 324. Well, what'll I call you...
- 325. Frank or Paco?
- 326. Sally! Larry!
This is Paco.
- 327. - Hey, man.
- Larry's a poet.
- 328. But he works for
an advertising agency.
- 329. Sally's an actress,
but works for a photographer.
- 330. Paco's a policeman.
- 331. That's terrific.
- 332. I work for the police department.
- 333. - That's really nice.
- 334. See ya.
- 335. - How are you?
- Pat's a novelist.
- 336. But you're working for an insurance
company now, aren't you?
- 337. - Yes, I am.
- Yeah. Paco's a policeman.
- 338. Really? How exciting!
- 339. Well, not too.
Right now, I'm filing fingerprints.
- 340. Listen,
I file insurance policies.
- 341. We should get together then,
file or something.
- 342. - That was an improvement.
- I wanna ask you something.
- 343. How come all your friends are
on their way to being somebody else?
- 344. Think about that. I wanna
ask you something else too.
- 345. Will you do me a big favor?
- 346. Don't tell anybody I'm a cop.
- 347. You know, let me just sort of
do it myself.
- 348. Okay.
- 349. Hey, man,
are you really a cop?
- 350. - Right. I am.
- 351. You know,
Leslie is a mind fucker.
- 352. You gotta be kidding.
I didn't know that.
- 353. What's a mind fucker?
- 354. Well, that's a chick...
- 355. who digs intellectual types
and super-bright guys.
- 356. Oh, yeah?
- 357. Well, she's very perceptive.
- 358. You know, Japanese culture
and theater and painting...
- 359. it's too rigidly stylized.
- 360. Well, yeah, you know...
- 361. I think after a while,
when you get through that...
- 362. you start to appreciate the
clarity... you know, the authority.
- 363. I got a sheep dog.
- 364. There have been
sheep dogs in my family...
- 365. dating back...
- 366. for 16 generations...
- 367. - Dating back to the Borgias.
- Oh, shit!
- 368. The family crest...
- 369. is a sheep dog
pissing into a gondola.
- 370. Oh, shit!
- 371. Paco, everybody loves you!
- 372. I love you!
- 373. Hey, Lieutenant,
my wife call for me?
- 374. Give her this, will ya?
- 375. Officer Serpico reporting, sir.
- 376. That fucking thing on your lip,
it goes. And get a haircut.
- 377. - Sir...
- That's an order.
- 378. You look like an asshole
- 379. - Do I have the right of appeal, sir?
- Sure. Go see Captain Tolkin.
- 380. You got one foot in shit already.
Put the other one in.
- 381. Where might that be,
I wonder, sir?
- 382. Thank you, sir.
- 383. That is one hell of a mustache.
I wish I had the guts.
- 384. Well, I have what I consider to be
good reasons for wearing it, sir.
- 385. - You don't have to tell me.
- But I'd like to tell ya, sir.
- 386. I thought so.
- 387. I think it's time that we started
to communicate more on the streets.
- 388. You know, the way it is,
we're totally isolated, sir.
- 389. We're completely out of touch
with what's happening.
- 390. An undercover cop walks around
- 391. wearing black shoes
and white socks.
- 392. Everybody knows who he is.
- 393. You made your point.
- 394. I want you to keep your mustache.
- 395. And I'd like you to patrol
in your own car.
- 396. Wear whatever you want.
How does that strike you?
- 397. I'd like that, sir.
- 398. To be honest,
I'm bucking for detective.
- 399. No shit.
- 400. Hold it!
- 401. What the hell are you doing?
- 402. Oh, Christ!
- 403. Quick. Get against there.
- 404. Hey!
- 405. I'm a police officer!
Get over there!
- 406. Hey! It's me, Serpico!
- 407. Hey, I'm a police officer!
- 408. Poli... I'm an officer!
I'm a police officer!
- 409. Jesus, Frank, how was I
supposed to recognize you?
- 410. - You stupid fuck.
- Frank, I didn't know you!
- 411. You didn't know me?
You fire without looking?
- 412. You fire without a warning,
without a fucking brain in your head?
- 413. Oh, shit.
- 414. If I buy one, you motherfucker,
I'm not gonna buy it from you.
- 415. Holy shit.
- 416. Look at that mess.
- 417. Filling out forms till next month.
- 418. Good.
- 419. Hey, Jesus, Frank...
- 420. I know it's a hell
of a time to ask you...
- 421. but I'm gonna have to go through
all that ballistics bullshit...
- 422. Good. You should.
- 423. It's gonna look like hell if I
don't have anything to show for it.
- 424. Frank, do me a favor.
Give us the collar.
- 425. You motherfucker.
- 426. You want the collar, huh? You
don't wanna fill out forms, right?
- 427. Here.
- 428. - You're a buddy.
- I'm a buddy.
- 429. Only you tell Tolkin
I gave it to you.
- 430. I am passing out these marijuana
cigarettes for you to sample...
- 431. so that when you become
- 432. you'll be able to identify
the pungent aroma...
- 433. and recognize the disorienting effect
of the drug...
- 434. when you observe them
in narcotics suspects.
- 435. Among users of the drug...
- 436. a marijuana cigarette...
- 437. is referred to as reefer...
- 438. stick, roach, joint.
- 439. The drug itself
is referred to as pot...
- 440. tea, boo...
- 441. stuff, grass.
- 442. Hey, this is real good shit.
- 443. - I gotta have something to eat.
- Oh, look what it is.
- 444. Look what it is.
It's a potato factory is what it is.
- 445. And I have to have some,
and I love you... I love it.
- 446. Have some of that. We have
nothing to... I have to have a dime?
- 447. The dime goes
in the little slot there.
- 448. That doesn't work.
It's from the Civil War, this machine.
- 449. - Pull on it.
- Doesn't, doesn't, doesn't...
- 450. - Go ahead, go ahead.
- Shoot it out. Please!
- 451. I beg of you! Come out!
Potatoes, come out!
- 452. You're pretty fuckin' weird
for a cop.
- 453. Me? You!
- 454. - What about you, buddy? You!
- You're the weird guy. Me?
- 455. - You're a fuckin' hippie.
- It's beautiful, though.
- 456. The two of us.
- 457. Give me.
- 458. Where you supposed
to go from here?
- 459. 93 Precinct, plainclothes.
Put your gun away.
- 460. You?
- 461. I am scheduled to go
on special assignment...
- 462. with the mayor's department
of investigations, detective squad.
- 463. - That's gold shield.
- 464. No four years in plainclothes?
- 465. Who do you know?
- 466. I make it my business to know
people... people who can help.
- 467. Unfair.
- 468. Unfair.
- 469. Life is unfair, pal.
- 470. I mean, look, you've got
a feel for the streets, and I...
- 471. - I've got a feel for the politics.
- Oh, yeah?
- 472. You and me in a Batmobile, we could
clean up the whole city in no time.
- 473. I wonder if we can get candy
out of this machine though.
- 474. No, thanks.
- 475. Well, this is a good place
to tell you, Paco.
- 476. You know that guy in Texas
I was telling you about?
- 477. - What about him?
- I'm gonna marry him in two months...
- 478. unless you marry me.
- 479. What about the theater
and your dancing?
- 480. A girl has to get
- 481. Well, you're a long way
from sometime, Leslie.
- 482. I thought you were committed.
- 483. I am, but...
- 484. You are, but?
- 485. I can go on working,
- 486. Where? Fort Worth?
- 487. Amarillo.
- 488. Well, am I invited
to the wedding?
- 489. I'll ask Roy.
- 490. Yeah, it's pretty good
in this precinct.
- 491. Here you go.
- 492. Usually a 9:00 to 5:00 day is the
best time for policy and bookmaking.
- 493. If you have to work nights, like
a liquor violation, just call in.
- 494. Don't worry about
quotas right now.
- 495. Couple of hooker collars
will keep it cool.
- 496. Been holding this for you.
- 497. It's from Jewish Max.
- 498. First day on the precinct,
I get that.
- 499. This is great, Frank.
- 500. I can open up a whole can
of peas with this.
- 501. It's scary.
- 502. I wanna protect myself.
- 503. - You know what we do with this?
- 504. We take it to
- 505. Kellogg... Didn't he used
to be in plainclothes?
- 506. He's the second-highest ranking cop
in the department of investigations.
- 507. - So what?
- What do you mean, "so what?"
- 508. I happened to be instrumental
in getting the man his job.
- 509. He owes me.
- 510. He's the most honest cop
I know, Frank.
- 511. Frank, trust me.
- 512. Things like this were common
practice in the bad old days.
- 513. Hard to believe
it's still going on.
- 514. Serpico, don't you think
it's kind of stupid...
- 515. taking an envelope from somebody
you didn't know?
- 516. What was I supposed to do?
I mean, give me...
- 517. How would I know what was in it
unless I took it?
- 518. You have two alternatives.
- 519. You can force me to take you to
the commissioner of investigations.
- 520. He'll drag you in front
of a grand jury.
- 521. - I don't want that.
- I can understand that.
- 522. Word will get out.
- 523. Before it's all over, they'll find
you face-down in the East River.
- 524. - What's the other alternative?
- Forget it.
- 525. Well, what do I do with this?
- 526. Hey, Sarge?
You got a minute?
- 527. Colored cop gave me this.
I didn't know what to do with it.
- 528. Well, I'll send it on
to the Benevolent Association.
- 529. Alfie, come on.
- 530. Is that Bjoerling?
- 531. No. It's DiStefano.
- 532. I was sure it was Bjoerling.
- 533. You could hear it
better over here.
- 534. - That's an invitation, right?
- 535. For coffee.
- 536. I'll have to take a rain check.
I'm due at the hospital.
- 537. Why don't you call in sick?
- 538. Not me.
- 539. What are you,
dedicated or somethin'?
- 540. That's right, I'm dedicated.
Most men can't stand it.
- 541. - Well, what do they know?
- I like your garden.
- 542. Love my garden.
- 543. Okay. I love your garden.
- 544. You know what they say,
- 545. No. What do they say?
- 546. If you love a man's garden,
you gotta love the man.
- 547. You like her, Alfie?
- 548. All I can tell you, sir,
is I gave it back.
- 549. I gotta get out of the 93.
- 550. Well, what happened on
your narcotics application?
- 551. Looked like it was set, until
I told 'em I was in plainclothes.
- 552. It was like
the kiss of death.
- 553. They think everybody in clothes
is on the take.
- 554. Sir, do you know anything about
the Bronx 7th Division?
- 555. I can go there if I want,
but if it's the same shit, screw it.
- 556. I'd rather answer phones for Spanish
communications unit and go nuts.
- 557. Come on, Alfie.
- 558. Frank, did anyone
ever tell you...
- 559. that you have a tendency
- 560. No, you're the first.
- 561. All right. Frank, I have
a friend up there, Roy Palmer.
- 562. He's an administrative officer.
I'll speak with him.
- 563. - Good. Thank you, sir.
- Good-bye, Frank.
- 564. - God bless you.
- 565. Frank, Captain McClain here.
- 566. Captain McClain. Could you
hold on a minute please, sir?
- 567. Sure.
- 568. Yeah. Sorry.
- 569. I saw Inspector Palmer tonight...
- 570. and he assures me the 7th Division
is as clean as a hound's tooth.
- 571. His words, Frank.
"Clean as a hound's tooth".
- 572. I told him he was getting
a hardworking officer...
- 573. wears a beard, speaks Spanish and
would make a superb undercover man.
- 574. He was delighted.
- 575. That's good news, sir.
Thank you. Thank you very much.
- 576. Good-bye, Frank.
- 577. When did you start doing that?
- 578. McClain says that Palmer says...
- 579. that the 7th is as clean
as a hound's tooth.
- 580. Well, if that's true,
your problems are over.
- 581. Plainclothes division.
- 582. Upstairs.
- 583. - How are you? Good to see you!
- All right.
- 584. We heard you were
coming up here. Listen.
- 585. Say hello to Nate Smith.
- 586. - Jamie Morales, Frank Serpico.
- 587. Hey, babe, you're gonna
love it up here. It's beautiful.
- 588. Listen, take...
I'll see youse later, all right?
- 589. Take a little ride with me.
Get the feel of the division.
- 590. - Maybe I should check in first.
- Fuck that. Come on.
- 591. Deck the halls
with boughs of holly
- 592. Ten grand, Dallas...
if Minnesota. Right.
- 593. Green Bay, 12 and a half at...
- 594. You dumb fuck.
We told you this location's hot.
- 595. We told you to stay the fuck
out of here.
- 596. Keough, nobody told me.
- 597. Bullshit.
- 598. Come on.
Let's take a walk.
- 599. Hi, kid.
All right, a C-note apiece.
- 600. No way. We got a complaint.
Right, Frank? Come on.
- 601. All right.
Make it 200, Keough.
- 602. Hey, what, are you getting cheap
in your old age, bambino?
- 603. - Three.
- 604. You heard me.
- 605. - All right, three.
- I'll make it a light one.
- 606. - You wanna write this up?
- No, I'm gonna check in.
- 607. Take the collar, Frank.
Get on the sheet.
- 608. I better check in.
- 609. We're gonna have
a little talk later, right?
- 610. That dumb schmuck only came up with
two bills because I booked him?
- 611. Here you go, Frank.
- 612. It was your collar.
- 613. I had a hunch
you weren't gonna take it.
- 614. You know, Frankie, we got a call
about you from downtown.
- 615. Now, I ain't sayin' who.
- 616. They just said you couldn't
be trusted, you know?
- 617. - Because I don't take money, right?
- Come on, Frank.
- 618. Let's face it. Who can trust
a cop who don't take money?
- 619. I mean, you are pretty weird,
you know, kid?
- 620. And with that call, the guys
were gettin' a little worried.
- 621. I told them you were okay.
I knew you from the old 21.
- 622. You'd never hurt
another cop, right?
- 623. You'd never hurt another cop,
would you, Frank?
- 624. - That'd depend on what he did.
- That's the wrong answer, Frankie.
- 625. We're not doing
anything bad here.
- 626. We're skimming
a little gambling money.
- 627. It's clean. It's not dope.
It hurts nobody.
- 628. Come on, Frank.
- 629. Gamblers are gentlemen, and
they're gonna operate anyhow, right?
- 630. Look, Keough, you don't have to
explain yourself to me.
- 631. Do what you got to do.
Want some tea?
- 632. No, I don't like that shit.
I'll have a coffee, huh?
- 633. What's the matter, Frank?
What are you worried about?
- 634. Listen.
We don't go overboard here.
- 635. We're not sloppy.
- 636. The spicks, niggers, we bust them.
They operate so dumb and sloppy...
- 637. they get your ass
in hot water every time.
- 638. But the Italians, now,
that's a different story.
- 639. They're men of their word.
They're reliable, Frankie.
- 640. - You really got it analyzed.
- Fuckin' right I got it analyzed.
- 641. It's worth it.
- 642. You know how much
the nut's running now, Frankie?
- 643. - No, I wouldn't know that.
- $800 a month.
- 644. That's 800 clams every time your
girlfriend gets the curse tax free.
- 645. Here's the beauty. You don't
get it for the first eight weeks...
- 646. till the guys get to
know you and you're okay.
- 647. But you don't lose, either, 'cause
you get it on the other end...
- 648. when you leave the division.
- 649. Frankie, it's like...
it's like severance pay.
- 650. Think it over, all right?
In or out.
- 651. Look at me. I'm shaking.
- 652. All my life I wanted
to be a cop, you know?
- 653. It's like I can remember
- 654. I remember this one time...
- 655. there was...
- 656. Somethin' happened.
A domestic argument or somethin'.
- 657. Somebody stabbed somebody.
- 658. And...
- 659. there was this crowd
around this tenement.
- 660. I must have been nine,
ten years old. I was this big.
- 661. I went over to see
what was going on.
- 662. I noticed the red light
goin' around and around...
- 663. all these people,
and I couldn't see.
- 664. I kept saying, "Do you know
what's goin' on? Do you know?"
- 665. Nobody knew.
- 666. It was like a big mystery
- 667. that crowd there.
- 668. All of a sudden...
- 669. the crowd just parted...
- 670. like the Red Sea, you see?
- 671. And there were these guys
in blue, and I said...
- 672. "They know".
- 673. What do they know?
What do they know?
- 674. It's amazing.
- 675. It's incredible...
- 676. but I feel like a criminal
'cause I don't take money.
- 677. You get so tense
when you talk about it.
- 678. I wonder why.
- 679. Come here.
- 680. - Right there.
- 681. I'm gonna ask you
a question, okay?
- 682. Do you like cops?
- 683. You're my first.
- 684. No, I mean all this shit I've been
telling you. Do you believe it?
- 685. Why not?
- 686. - Does it shock you?
- Not much.
- 687. What's the matter with me?
- 688. Everybody knows about cops.
- 689. Did you ever hear the story
of the wise king?
- 690. Nope, but I got the feeling
I'm gonna hear it.
- 691. Well, there was this king,
and he ruled over his kingdom.
- 692. Right in the middle of the kingdom
there was a well.
- 693. That's where everybody drank.
- 694. One night,
this witch came along...
- 695. and she poisoned the well.
- 696. And the next day, everybody drank
from it except the king...
- 697. and they all went crazy.
- 698. They got together
in the street and they said...
- 699. "We got to get rid of the king,
'cause the king is mad".
- 700. And then that night, he went down
and he drank from the well.
- 701. And the next day
all the people rejoiced...
- 702. because their king
had regained his reason.
- 703. I think you're trying
to tell me somethin'.
- 704. - Me?
- 705. Hey, Frank, I want you
to say hello to somebody.
- 706. - Drop your cocks and grab your socks!
- What the fuck is this?
- 707. Frank Serpico,
say hello to Don Rubello.
- 708. - He's gonna be your new partner.
- How you doin'?
- 709. If you don't want to work with this
fucking nut for some reason, man...
- 710. I'll buddy up with him,
- 711. And go through all that crap
- 712. No. We'll be okay.
- 713. We're paisans, huh?
- 714. - What's with the fucking mouse?
- It's my partner.
- 715. - Partner?
- He's specially trained, you know?
- 716. He goes to track down heroin.
- 717. Let him loose, goes into the hole,
picks it up, brings it back...
- 718. sniffs it out,
brings it to you.
- 719. - Yeah. I heard of that.
- You heard of that?
- 720. This guy I'm looking for,
- 721. He's a numbers collector who ain't
been meeting his obligations.
- 722. He won't be hard to spot.
He's a mover. This is prime time.
- 723. Since we're partners,
you gotta know the situation.
- 724. Straight off.
I collect for the division...
- 725. me and two other bagmen.
- 726. That's what Keough
was sort of hinting at.
- 727. Three of us pick up
the payoff twice a month.
- 728. Hey!
Look, there he is.
- 729. Son of a bitch!
- 730. - Look out!
- You stupid bastard!
- 731. Where's the money?
- 732. You been jerking me around,
you fuck! Huh?
- 733. Ain't no money!
I'm behind now, man!
- 734. Three times you never show,
- 735. I'll have it for you tonight,
- 736. Don't bust me!
- 737. Last time, Vernon.
The last time.
- 738. You fuck me and you're gone,
you hear? You hear? Huh?
- 739. See you at the Domino,
- 740. And you'd better have $300, ya fuck.
You hear? Right? Right?
- 741. All right, Frank.
- 742. I keep this place
- 743. Someday we'll get a couple of
broads, huh? Have a little party.
- 744. Hey!
- 745. Make some ice.
Booze is right over here.
- 746. So what do you think, Frank?
About the money?
- 747. Look, Don...
- 748. if I was broke, if I had a family...
I don't know.
- 749. But I'm not broke,
and I don't have a family.
- 750. So why the fuck stick my neck out?
You know what I mean?
- 751. It's already out, Frank...
not taking the money.
- 752. It's better the other guys
don't know that.
- 753. Hey, I tell you what I'll do.
- 754. I'll hold your share
for you, huh?
- 755. You change your mind,
it'll be right in here.
- 756. Right in here,
right down to the penny, huh?
- 757. Hey. Look at that.
- 758. - What are you drinking?
- Give me a scotch.
- 759. Next thing I wanna do, I wanna
get a color TV for the games.
- 760. Hey, how about some gin?
Penny a point. Huh?
- 761. Yeah.
Let me ask him first.
- 762. Hello, Frank.
- 763. My God, Frank.
- 764. This is confidential.
- 765. He's a police officer.
I thought maybe he could sit in.
- 766. No, absolutely not.
- 767. All right, all right.
- 768. I notified Commissioner Delaney
about everything you told me.
- 769. He wants you to stay where you are
and continue to collect information.
- 770. Then you'll be
his eyes and his ears.
- 771. He said he was delighted
- 772. "A man of integrity
had surfaced," unquote.
- 773. When do I hear from him?
- 774. He said he'd reach out for you
when the time comes.
- 775. Reach out?
- 776. See, you know, my situation's
pretty fuckin' sticky up there.
- 777. I mean, what am I supposed to do?
Just wait for him...
- 778. - You must have patience, Frank.
- But it's pretty fucking sticky.
- 779. Patience and faith.
- 780. When a man like the commissioner
says he'll get in touch with you...
- 781. he'll get in touch with you.
- 782. Good-bye, son.
God bless you.
- 783. All right, now.
Marinda's too hot.
- 784. We got to lay off him
for a couple of months.
- 785. And listen, Falco's got two runners
he ain't paying for.
- 786. Check that fucking guy out, huh?
Hey, Frankie, how are you?
- 787. - How are you?
- Rubello's being transferred...
- 788. so you're gonna have to work
with a new bagman.
- 789. Al Sarno, I want you to meet Frank
Serpico. This'll be your new man.
- 790. - How are you?
- 791. Listen, you know that operation
down by Hunt's Point, the new one?
- 792. What are we gonna do about that?
Who are we givin' to?
- 793. You the new bagman,
- 794. What happened to Rubello, you son
of a bitch? You narco cop fucker!
- 795. Wait a minute.
- 796. You know, Frank,
sometimes I ask myself...
- 797. what the fuck am I doing?
- 798. You know,
if this ever came out...
- 799. Christ, my family.
- 800. My daughter.
- 801. She just started
with the San Francisco Opera.
- 802. Chorus.
- 803. Took a lot of money.
- 804. I once tried to pull out.
- 805. Christ, they were all over me.
- 806. So you...
- 807. just go along.
- 808. Unless you're willing
to go back to uniform duty.
- 809. Shit.
How the money rolls in.
- 810. - Here. Let me give you yours now.
- I'm not on.
- 811. - What do you mean, you're not on?
- Just what I said.
- 812. I'm not on.
I don't take money.
- 813. - Some gag. Here.
- No, I told you straight.
- 814. I don't take money,
and that's the truth.
- 815. - What were you doing with Rubello?
- Ask Rubello.
- 816. Your nut...
where's it been going?
- 817. Ask Rubello.
- 818. All right, then, sir.
I'll go to Delaney myself then.
- 819. - That would not be advisable.
- You don't understand, Captain.
- 820. - It's been weeks. Not a word.
- I understand perfectly.
- 821. No, but, Captain,
now they know I'm not on.
- 822. I've done all I can do.
- 823. He's out.
Won't do another fucking thing.
- 824. Blair, I'm telling you, nothing's
gonna happen from the inside.
- 825. The top guys have been
cops too long.
- 826. You haven't heard from
Commissioner Delaney, have you?
- 827. No, not a fucking word.
- 828. Would you be willing to go
outside the department?
- 829. Where could we go?
- 830. Would you believe
the mayor's office?
- 831. - The mayor's office?
- His right-hand man...
- 832. guy named Jerry Berman,
- 833. You knew I knew somebody.
That's the somebody I know.
- 834. And he cares, Frank.
He really cares.
- 835. - You know what we're doing?
- 836. - We're going outside the department.
- That's right.
- 837. Dynamite.
- 838. Every plainclothesman
in the division...
- 839. and one,
maybe two lieutenants?
- 840. That is dynamite.
That is incredible.
- 841. That is 150...
- 842. That is $250,000 a year...
- 843. but that is just one precinct.
- 844. Oh, that is amazing!
- 845. See, what I feel is needed here
is, like, a real investigation.
- 846. And I am sure that the mayor
will see this immediately.
- 847. McClain and Delaney...
- 848. they have done nothing?
- 849. Oh, man.
That is amazing.
- 850. Another thing.
See, in a couple of days...
- 851. they're gonna have
a meeting of the pad.
- 852. Oh, right.
- 853. - Frank is in a very tough spot.
- I can see that.
- 854. Rumors. See, I have heard rumors,
but never touching it directly.
- 855. And for an on-the-line cop to come
forward like this is beautiful.
- 856. Really, Frank, I mean...
- 857. you have my respect
and my sympathy...
- 858. for what you've been
going through, man.
- 859. Wow.
- 860. Hello.
This is Jerry Berman.
- 861. Is he there?
All right. I'll hold on.
- 862. Well?
- 863. Tell me what happened,
- 864. I'd like a drink.
- 865. That guy is gonna
go to the mayor.
- 866. To the mayor!
- 867. Come here, Alfie. We're all
gonna go to the mayor together.
- 868. You know that?
- 869. I couldn't be
any more embarrassed.
- 870. It's like a personal defeat.
- 871. However...
- 872. there are priorities.
- 873. What are the priorities,
- 874. The priorities are...
- 875. a long, hot summer ahead...
- 876. and riots are expected...
- 877. and the mayor cannot
alienate the police force.
- 878. Now, in the fall...
- 879. Now, in the fall,
it may be possible...
- 880. to take another look
at the situation.
- 881. All right, fine.
- 882. They're all rotten.
- 883. Chickenshit.
- 884. The whole fucking
- 885. - Who's there?
- It's me. I gotta talk to ya.
- 886. You know, Frank, you're behaving
like a goddamn child. You hear?
- 887. Let him in.
- 888. You let him in.
- 889. I'm sorry, Frank. I'm sorry
I got you into the whole thing.
- 890. Bullshit! I got me
into this whole thing.
- 891. "Wow. Amazing!
- 892. "Dynamite!
- 893. Priorities. Priorities".
- 894. You and your big-deal friends,
- 895. your big bullshit names.
- 896. Bob Blair, the big operator
- 897. The mystery man with the connections,
the hot line to the mayor.
- 898. Who the fuck do you think you are,
you son of a bitch?
- 899. You come looking for help,
- 900. with your humble-pie act...
the saint, the injured innocent.
- 901. Who told you the department
or the whole world...
- 902. was some kind
of a fucking boy scout camp?
- 903. What do you expect, for Christ's
sake, a magician? A big daddy?
- 904. White knight snaps his fingers,
the dirty world turns white...
- 905. Just keep talking.
That's what you can do.
- 906. while the Pope's choir sings
"Ave Maria," is that it?
- 907. You gonna blame me 'cause those
bastards don't wanna get involved?
- 908. I tried to help you.
I got my head handed to me.
- 909. Where's your head? It's on
your shoulders. That's what I see.
- 910. - You don't look so hot yourself.
- What's all this shit over here?
- 911. Get ready to blow up again,
'cause I got another idea.
- 912. You and your ideas
are as full of shit as you are.
- 913. - Right on cue.
- Right on cue.
- 914. We can talk to Foreman,
the commissioner of investigations.
- 915. Another guy!
We got another guy here.
- 916. We could even talk to a guy
I know on the New York Times.
- 917. Oh, that's terrific.
Go to the Times.
- 918. Every time I talk to you, Blair,
20 more people know about it.
- 919. This is safe, Frank.
- 920. It's safe? With my ass on the line,
it's safe, right?
- 921. - Your ass is already on the line!
- That's my business!
- 922. - You don't trust me, Frank?
- I don't trust you!
- 923. - Go fuck yourself!
- Fuck you!
- 924. Look, when I come home,
I want a house clean.
- 925. - Don't take it out on me, Paco.
- I don't want to pick up shit!
- 926. Honey...
- 927. come to bed.
- 928. All right. Look, we all know
what this is about, right?
- 929. Frank, what the hell was happening
between you and Don Rubello?
- 930. Simple. I didn't take any money.
I don't take money.
- 931. Rubello said if I changed my mind,
he'd hold my share...
- 932. he'd give it back to me.
- 933. - I didn't change my mind.
- The conniving bastard.
- 934. - All right. I'll handle Rubello.
- Donny was stealing.
- 935. I'll get back the money he took.
But this ain't gonna happen again.
- 936. From now on, no more three bagmen.
Starting today, every one of you...
- 937. makes his own collections...
no stops, no bread, okay?
- 938. - Right.
- You got it.
- 939. What about you, Frankie?
I'll make up what Don took from you.
- 940. - Why should I start now?
- Everybody'd feel better about you.
- 941. You can always give it
- 942. Look, Frankie, what do you say,
a hundred a month just for expenses?
- 943. For my secretary and my
business lunches, entertainment?
- 944. All right. All right.
We split Frank's share from now on.
- 945. You're a schmuck, Frank.
- 946. If they would take
all that energy, see...
- 947. put it into
straight police work...
- 948. we'd have the city
cleaned up in a week.
- 949. They'd clean up.
There'd be no crime.
- 950. If I could work alone...
That's the thing, see?
- 951. If I could just get... Work alone.
But they don't like that.
- 952. They don't want that.
They want to suck you in.
- 953. You go over
the same thing, Paco.
- 954. So fucking corrupt. Everybody,
everyone. Nobody giving a shit!
- 955. There's gotta be a way
to wipe it out, goddamn it.
- 956. Let's get out of here for a while,
huh, honey? Let's go to a movie.
- 957. Quit handling me! What are you
doing? How am I gonna go to a movie?
- 958. They'd kill me if they knew!
You think that hasn't happened?
- 959. Either you're exploding, or you're
lying around like a catatonic!
- 960. - I can't stand it, Paco.
- You don't give a shit, right?
- 961. All I care about is you!
That's all that matters to me.
- 962. That's why it hurts so much.
I can't stand to see you like this...
- 963. Scared, miserable,
dreading to go to work.
- 964. It's tearing me apart!
- 965. And then I get sick of hearing
about it, and I start hating myself.
- 966. You didn't like my being a cop,
so don't give me that shit.
- 967. I love you! I want to marry you!
I want to have children with you!
- 968. - Goddamn it! I hate it!
- Why don't you get out?
- 969. - Why don't you?
- It's crossed my mind.
- 970. Well, do it.
- 971. - What do you got?
- Would you bust whitey?
- 972. Try me. Try me.
- 973. This guy's heavy.
- 974. Mobbed up.
- 975. Stop fuckin' around.
I'm not in the mood. Come on.
- 976. He's a loan shark,
runs a big numbers operation.
- 977. This mother's so cocksure...
- 978. he picks up his own slips
while he's collecting his loans.
- 979. Where's the drop?
- 980. Hold it!
- 981. I'm a police officer.
- 982. And...
- 983. Wait a minute.
You're under arrest.
- 984. - I thought you were a junkie.
- I'll take that wad in your pocket.
- 985. - You're a riot, kid.
- I know. I'm a joke.
- 986. What are you doin'?
- 987. Put that away, or you're in more
trouble. Give me your car keys.
- 988. Where they been
hiding you, kid?
- 989. Wouldn't you like to know?
- 990. Hold this guy for booking.
Get a rap sheet on him.
- 991. I'm gonna search his car.
- 992. Where's Corsaro?
- 993. Smith took him upstairs.
- 994. I swear to God, I thought this guy
was some fucking junkie.
- 995. Listen, Rudy, you should
see some of the...
- 996. - Hey, you.
- Hey, who?
- 997. You. Get over here
and empty your pockets.
- 998. - I don't do that.
- You're my prisoner. Do what I say.
- 999. - Get over here.
- He's gonna get nasty about it.
- 1000. You're fucking right!
- 1001. Hey, Frank, cool it, huh?
- 1002. Lean, motherfuck!
- 1003. Frank. Hey, Frank, Rudy's on.
He's good people.
- 1004. Stay the fuck outta this!
- 1005. You fuck!
- 1006. What's this?
- 1007. Get in! Get in!
- 1008. Serpico.
Got that record check on Corsaro.
- 1009. You want to read something?
- 1010. It's about your pal Corsaro.
- 1011. Here, read it.
- 1012. He did 15 years.
You know what for?
- 1013. For killing a cop.
He's a fucking cop killer.
- 1014. - It's good to see you again.
- I've had it. I'm finished.
- 1015. - What's wrong?
- I can't take it. I gotta get out.
- 1016. If I have to go back to uniform,
I'm going back to uniform.
- 1017. I can't wait for Delaney to call.
I can't play their game anymore.
- 1018. The commissioner didn't
get in touch with you?
- 1019. Not a word. No investigation,
no undercover work, nothing!
- 1020. - I had no idea, Frank.
- It's only fair to tell you.
- 1021. I've been to outside agencies.
I'll go to more if I have to.
- 1022. What outside agencies?
- 1023. Holy Mother of God! Frank, we wash
our own laundry around here!
- 1024. - You could be brought up on charges!
- We do not wash our own laundry!
- 1025. - It just gets dirtier!
- You are in trouble!
- 1026. I don't care if I'm in trouble.
I don't care who gets it.
- 1027. - If I have to go to outside agencies...
- Stay away from outside agencies!
- 1028. - Where am I gonna go?
- You hear me?
- 1029. - Where am I gonna go?
- Wait until you hear from me.
- 1030. - I've been waiting for 11/2 years.
- I'll get back to you.
- 1031. That's not enough!
Where am I gonna go?
- 1032. It's my life, you fuck!
- 1033. Serpico, see Inspector Palmer.
- 1034. For this precinct,
- 1035. Murder... 14 for August,
20 for September, 23...
- 1036. Inspector Palmer?
- 1037. Deputy Chief Inspector Daley
and Inspector Gilbert...
- 1038. are waiting to see you.
- 1039. You want to come
to my office?
- 1040. Captain McClain called me.
- 1041. I briefed Inspector Daley
and Inspector Gilbert...
- 1042. on your allegations.
- 1043. The question is, in all these
months, why didn't you come to us?
- 1044. Well...
- 1045. I never met these gentlemen
before, sir, and...
- 1046. you told...
- 1047. I mean,
you told Captain McClain...
- 1048. that the division was as clean
as a hound's tooth.
- 1049. You think you're the only honest cop
on the force, Serpico?
- 1050. My record's clear.
- 1051. Inspector Gilbert's just
come from the commissioner's...
- 1052. confidential
- 1053. Then you must have
heard something. I mean...
- 1054. I don't understand.
- 1055. Commissioner Delaney has known
about this from the beginning.
- 1056. No, I didn't hear a thing.
- 1057. But I understand
your frustration, Frank...
- 1058. believe me.
- 1059. I mean, it's sort of like
trying to punch your way...
- 1060. out of a paper bag,
- 1061. What outside agencies
have you been to, Frank?
- 1062. I don't see how that's pertinent
to my allegations.
- 1063. We ought to ask Serpico directly
if he's gonna cooperate or not.
- 1064. - Come on.
- We've gotta know...
- 1065. if there's any real basis
for an investigation.
- 1066. Well, I...
- 1067. I'll have to think that...
- 1068. I'm gonna have to think
- 1069. What is there
to think about?
- 1070. I don't see how the division
can investigate itself, sir.
- 1071. You've got a point there.
- 1072. But you would cooperate with
an impartial investigation, right?
- 1073. Yeah. Up to a point.
As long as I'm not involved.
- 1074. I just want to go someplace
where I can do my job.
- 1075. That's fair enough.
- 1076. We'll be in touch.
- 1077. Inspector Palmer?
- 1078. May I see you a minute?
- 1079. Was it necessary to let everyone
in the station house...
- 1080. know I was comin' in here
to see these guys?
- 1081. You believe from what you now know
that a full-scale investigation...
- 1082. is warranted?
- 1083. - Yes, Commissioner Delaney.
- Go to it.
- 1084. But, sir...
- 1085. shouldn't headquarters
handle something like this?
- 1086. No.
You're all experienced men.
- 1087. Chief Gallagher here will be
available for consultation.
- 1088. Commissioner...
- 1089. Serpico claims that...
- 1090. McClain talked to you about
this whole thing some time ago.
- 1091. Yes. I seem to remember
something about that.
- 1092. We can't set up a surveillance on
"somewhere over by Crotona Park".
- 1093. We need a location!
- 1094. I've given you 36 locations
that are paying off.
- 1095. Now, what do you want? The whole
thing signed, sealed, delivered?
- 1096. You're conducting this
investigation, not me.
- 1097. Lieutenant Smith...
Let's get back to him.
- 1098. Lieutenant Smith.
Lieutenant Smith said to me...
- 1099. if I didn't want the money that
he would stash it in his attic.
- 1100. I'll have him transferred
in the morning.
- 1101. Fuck him.
How about transferring me?
- 1102. I hear you been
vouchering pad money...
- 1103. over to a confidential
- 1104. Oh, yeah? How can I voucher money
when I don't take any?
- 1105. You won't find anything
- 1106. He's clean.
- 1107. Right?
- 1108. You practicing your frisk?
- 1109. I'm looking to buy
a used tape recorder.
- 1110. They're feeling me up every day.
How am I gonna wear a wire?
- 1111. Come on, Frank.
- 1112. Wearing a wire means testifying to
corroborate the tape, right? Right.
- 1113. I'm not testifying.
- 1114. I gotta put a dime
in the parking meter.
- 1115. Ragland, put a dime
in the parking meter for Serpico.
- 1116. Hey, Frank. Frank, you know
Herman Tauber, district attorney?
- 1117. Yeah, I watch television.
- 1118. Frank, I want to compliment you
for coming forward like this.
- 1119. It's unique.
- 1120. It's uniquely unique.
You should be proud of yourself.
- 1121. There's gonna be a grand jury
on these shitheels...
- 1122. with Frank Serpico
as my star witness.
- 1123. Mr. Tauber, you and everybody
in this room can go to hell...
- 1124. 'cause I'm not testifying.
- 1125. - Listen...
- Wait just a second, Frank.
- 1126. You have nothing to fear.
You're not gonna be singled out.
- 1127. I'm not afraid.
I don't give a fuck who knows...
- 1128. - Wait a minute...
- if it meant something...
- 1129. - but this investigation is bullshit.
- Mind if I say something?
- 1130. Bullshit. You're not going after
corruption in the department...
- 1131. the division, the Bronx.
- 1132. A few flunky cops
thrown to the wolves...
- 1133. to protect Delaney and those guys
who've known about this for years...
- 1134. and won't do a fuckin' thing about
it, that's why I won't testify.
- 1135. - Hey, what's this?
- Exactly what it says.
- 1136. I'm splitting.
- 1137. "Splitting". I never read
anything so stupid in my life.
- 1138. "I'm leaving. If you want to
discuss it, I'll be at Felix's".
- 1139. I didn't feel like another
- 1140. I figured you wouldn't
be able to shout in here.
- 1141. I can shout anywhere!
- 1142. I won't shout.
- 1143. Sit down, sit down.
- 1144. It's just gonna go on
and on, Paco.
- 1145. It isn't gonna
get any better.
- 1146. And if you quit,
somehow I'll be blamed.
- 1147. How could you leave
the man you love...
- 1148. future father of your kids?
- 1149. You never said anything
like that to me before.
- 1150. And if I come back,
you won't say it again.
- 1151. You want to be free
- 1152. to go on fighting for your cause
and keep torturing yourself.
- 1153. My cause.
- 1154. I felt so safe with you...
- 1155. so loving.
- 1156. Stay with me, Laurie.
- 1157. - Come on. Stay with me.
- No, no.
- 1158. - What do I owe you for that?
- Excuse me.
- 1159. Here.
- 1160. Here's $2.00.
- 1161. What are you doing?
- 1162. Do you want to walk away,
or should I?
- 1163. I'm not gonna walk away.
- 1164. It's finished!
- 1165. Who do you think you are, trying to
pull that "no testifying" bullshit on me?
- 1166. Chief Green,
I know your reputation.
- 1167. Look, maybe if you were borough
commander when this thing started...
- 1168. run this investigation yourself,
I'd feel different about testifying.
- 1169. But the truth is,
you're coming in after the fact.
- 1170. You're like a quiff who says
she won't, then maybe she will.
- 1171. I'm like a quiff
who's been fucked over...
- 1172. for a year and a half by guys like
Kellogg, McClain, Delaney...
- 1173. I'm not Kellogg,
McClain or Delaney!
- 1174. Frank, it won't be
just flunky cops.
- 1175. This is only the beginning.
This could be the biggest thing...
- 1176. - since the Harry Gross case.
- And meanwhile, where am I?
- 1177. I'm out there alone.
Who gives a fuck about that?
- 1178. I'm totally isolated in the
department. I don't have a friend.
- 1179. Don't give me that bullshit. I've
been puttin' cops away for 30 years!
- 1180. My name's an obscenity on every
precinct shithouse wall in the city.
- 1181. - I've observed that, sir.
- Friends! I fought my way up...
- 1182. as a Jew in the department in the
days you were supposed to have...
- 1183. an uncircumcised shamrock
between your legs.
- 1184. I have this nightmare
I'm on 5th Avenue...
- 1185. watching the St. Patrick's Day
parade and I have a coronary...
- 1186. and 9,000 cops
march happily over my body.
- 1187. Friends. I haven't got a friend
on the force, either, Serpico.
- 1188. - I'll be your friend, Chief.
- I'm not lookin' for any.
- 1189. - I'll make an exception for you.
- Frank, you're a good cop.
- 1190. Stop being a prima donna.
Cut out the shticklech.
- 1191. I don't understand.
- 1192. How am I being a prima donna?
I want to protect myself.
- 1193. We're gonna get the indictments.
You're gonna have to testify.
- 1194. Ready on the right.
Ready on the left.
- 1195. Ready on the firing line.
- 1196. What are you gonna tell
the grand jury, Frankie?
- 1197. Depends on
what they ask me.
- 1198. Suppose they ask you
who's taking money?
- 1199. What I don't know,
I don't know.
- 1200. But you do know, Frank.
- 1201. Look, Frankie, I like you. I don't
want to see anything happen to you.
- 1202. But you gotta understand,
a lot of people could get hurt here.
- 1203. I'm not saying anything's going to
happen. I'm saying it could happen.
- 1204. I mean, there's lots of ways.
Nobody has to take a shot at you.
- 1205. They can just not be there
when you need them.
- 1206. Somebody come at you with a gun,
they look the other way.
- 1207. Or they can send you
in first enough times...
- 1208. until finally one day you're gonna
walk in the wrong door.
- 1209. - Thanks for the information.
- Fuck you, Frank!
- 1210. I have nothing more. Does anyone
have any further questions?
- 1211. - Yes, Mrs. Crist?
- If I may, Mr. Knowles, thank you.
- 1212. Officer Serpico came
to the 7th Division...
- 1213. more than a year
and a half ago.
- 1214. All during that time, the things
he's told us were taking place.
- 1215. Now, why didn't
- 1216. report these criminal activities
when he first encountered them?
- 1217. - I'd like to answer that.
- Mr. Chairman...
- 1218. Mrs. Crist's question isn't material
or relevant to the present inquiry.
- 1219. - Although I want to make it clear...
- I'd like to answer that.
- 1220. Officer Serpico cannot be considered
derelict of his duty in any way...
- 1221. or guilty of
any infraction of the law.
- 1222. Quite the contrary.
- 1223. The District Attorney is not prepared
to say any more at this time.
- 1224. Very well. Officer Serpico,
thank you for your testimony.
- 1225. This hearing is adjourned
until 10:00 tomorrow morning.
- 1226. Why didn't you tell him
about Delaney and Kellogg?
- 1227. Frank, this was a grand jury
about police officers...
- 1228. actively engaged in corruption.
- 1229. You don't implicate people
without sufficient evidence.
- 1230. That's crap and you know it, because
even a dumb cop like me knows...
- 1231. a prosecutor can take a grand jury
anywhere it wants to take it.
- 1232. Now, you never led me anywhere
near the real problems...
- 1233. Nothing about the bosses,
- 1234. how corruption like this could exist
without anybody knowing about it.
- 1235. Now, a few flunky cops
in the Bronx. That's it.
- 1236. None of the shit in Queens,
- 1237. While you're at it,
why don't you mention Kansas City?
- 1238. Well, "the biggest thing since
Harry Gross". That's what you said.
- 1239. All right! Look, Frank.
- 1240. You got guts, integrity.
- 1241. There's going to be a detective's
gold shield in this for you.
- 1242. Now, that's terrific.
- 1243. Maybe this is
what it's all about.
- 1244. Maybe I should take my
gold shield and forget it.
- 1245. I know you've been through
an ordeal, Frank.
- 1246. I'm a marked man in this department.
- 1247. - I've already arranged a transfer.
- To where? China?
- 1248. That takes a 14-shot clip.
- 1249. You expecting an army?
- 1250. No, just a division.
- 1251. Tauber, did you know I've had
reports about Serpico being a fag?
- 1252. He used to hang out
in the BCI washroom.
- 1253. That's stupid, Commissioner,
and you know it.
- 1254. Mr. Commissioner, a gold shield
for Serpico at this time...
- 1255. would convince
a lot of people...
- 1256. Not while I'm commissioner.
- 1257. Commander's office?
- 1258. It's down that corridor.
- 1259. Hey, Serpico. Do you know what
they're saying in the Bronx?
- 1260. That you spilled your
guts to the grand jury.
- 1261. Say it isn't so, Serpico.
- 1262. It isn't so.
- 1263. We know how to handle
guys like you.
- 1264. I ought to cut
your tongue out.
- 1265. Don't move.
- 1266. Officer Serpico
reporting for duty, sir.
- 1267. I'm Inspector Lombardo.
I want to shake your hand, Frank.
- 1268. It's gonna be nice to have
a guy here I can trust.
- 1269. Anybody in this command
you want to work with?
- 1270. It's not who I want to work with.
It's who wants to work with me.
- 1271. All right. You can't find anybody
you want to work with, Frank...
- 1272. I'll work with you.
- 1273. Is that all right?
- 1274. How do we get past
- 1275. How many you got?
- 1276. There's two.
- 1277. - Yeah, there's a guy.
- There's three of them.
- 1278. It's four buildings away. We could
try to get down the fire escape.
- 1279. Get in behind him.
What do you think?
- 1280. - Look good to you?
- Yeah, let's go.
- 1281. What do you think?
Want to try it?
- 1282. - Oh, boy.
- You all right?
- 1283. Yeah. I feel just
like a cop again.
- 1284. - Let's go.
- Thank you.
- 1285. Close up!
- 1286. Wait, Frank!
- 1287. Come on!
- 1288. I ain't got nothing!
- 1289. Beat it, fuck face!
- 1290. Get the other one! Get out of here!
Get up against the wall.
- 1291. What the hell's goin' on here?
Who the hell are you?
- 1292. - Who are you?
- The police! Who the hell you think?
- 1293. Get the fuck against the wall.
Up, up, up!
- 1294. - Let me see your shield.
- All right. There's my shield.
- 1295. - Where are you from?
- The borough. Manhattan 8th.
- 1296. No, goddamn it! I just paid
the borough this morning!
- 1297. What the hell kind of
shakedown is this?
- 1298. Who'd you pay
in the borough?
- 1299. Nobody.
I didn't pay no...
- 1300. Who'd you pay
in the borough?
- 1301. I didn't pay nobody.
Now let go of me.
- 1302. We followed up,
and there's no doubt about it.
- 1303. The pad here in Manhattan
- 1304. and it's more sophisticated
than the one in the Bronx.
- 1305. The pickups here are made...
You want to get this...
- 1306. The pickups are made by...
- 1307. retired policemen.
- 1308. That way, no plainclothesmen
are directly involved.
- 1309. Now, we need investigative help
on this one, Chief.
- 1310. If you need investigative help
and you don't trust your own men...
- 1311. why don't you requisition some
recruits from the police academy?
- 1312. With all due respect,
- 1313. backing us up is the only hope
the police department has got.
- 1314. Good cops would come forward if they
thought there was encouragement...
- 1315. in the department to do so, and if
they thought it would do any good.
- 1316. If there's no encouragement,
they're not gonna do it.
- 1317. I've done a lot more than most
people to defend and preserve...
- 1318. the image of this department
and protect Commissioner Delaney...
- 1319. against reckless and irresponsible
assaults from outside agencies.
- 1320. That's it, huh?
- 1321. I mean, that's what's
really important, isn't it?
- 1322. That's what
you want to know...
- 1323. what outside agencies
I've been to, right?
- 1324. - Hello.
- Hello, prick.
- 1325. - Who is this?
- 1326. - How are you? Where are you?
- I'm ready to go to the Times.
- 1327. It's a goddamn
serious step, Frank.
- 1328. I don't know if
the timing is right.
- 1329. Look, I want it to get on
the record, that's all...
- 1330. in case something
should happen to me.
- 1331. I want it on the record.
- 1332. I don't know if we
carry enough weight.
- 1333. I don't know if the New York Times
will go that far out on a limb...
- 1334. on the say-so
of two flunky cops.
- 1335. Suppose an inspector
were to come with us?
- 1336. You know, I got 20 years
on the force.
- 1337. Just bought this place.
I signed a 500-year mortgage on it.
- 1338. - Turn that thing off out there!
- Come on. Everybody to bed.
- 1339. - Aw, Mom!
- Turn that damn thing down!
- 1340. Come on, now.
Go on upstairs.
- 1341. You said we could go
to bed late!
- 1342. This is against department
regulations, you both know that.
- 1343. If they want to throw the book
at me, they can do it.
- 1344. If I left the force...
- 1345. I don't know
what I could do.
- 1346. Okay, I made my little speech.
I'll back you up a hundred percent.
- 1347. Times and the News.
I got the money, fellas.
- 1348. Here you go, here you go,
here you go.
- 1349. Newsweek, please.
- 1350. Holy sh... Jeez!
- 1351. Aw, Christ!
- 1352. You could almost predict
the numbers they're gonna do.
- 1353. Delaney's gonna issue
some phony denial.
- 1354. Somebody from the mayor's office
will say something noble.
- 1355. Delaney'll change his tune. Finally,
the mayor will appoint a commission.
- 1356. "Mayor Lindsay announced the
formation of a five-man committee...
- 1357. to review the city procedures
for investigating police corruption".
- 1358. How come I'm not
in the first paragraph?
- 1359. Unbelievable!
- 1360. The Times' report smells
of the familiar smear tactics...
- 1361. of McCarthyism.
- 1362. - I have issued a statement...
- We here at city hall...
- 1363. The mayor appointed a special
- 1364. to be headed
by Whitman Knapp.
- 1365. Yeah, come.
- 1366. It's your reward. It's a transfer
to narcotics, Brooklyn South.
- 1367. You're still in clothes. You get
a tin shield, not a gold one.
- 1368. I miss you already, Frank.
- 1369. Look, Frank...
- 1370. it's narcotics.
- 1371. You be careful.
- 1372. It's very easy to get hurt...
- 1373. and to...
- 1374. to be set up.
- 1375. Get in.
- 1376. You're not wired,
- 1377. Okay, you cocksucker.
- 1378. You might get by in the Bronx
with that kind of shit...
- 1379. but down here,
800 a month is chicken feed.
- 1380. Last week,
one dope dealer...
- 1381. sent out these guys
- 1382. 40,000 each.
- 1383. We let 'em collect it all,
and then hit 'em.
- 1384. 120,000 split four ways.
- 1385. That's serious money.
- 1386. And with that,
you don't fuck around.
- 1387. - I got the message.
- 1388. Now get the fuck out.
- 1389. The guy's name is Limbo.
- 1390. He just uses this place,
his girlfriend's brother's place.
- 1391. He's a pusher... heroin.
- 1392. - We'll drive around to the corner.
- 1393. You keep in sight out front. When
you spot somebody who's dirty...
- 1394. take off your glasses
and wipe 'em.
- 1395. - Got it?
- Right. Okay.
- 1396. We stay around here very long,
we're gonna get spotted.
- 1397. Well, Frank, why don't you
go up there and check it out?
- 1398. - Why don't you?
- I got the wrong clothes.
- 1399. I'll take you shopping.
- 1400. Limbo.
- 1401. Police. Freeze!
- 1402. Police officer.
All right, up against the wall.
- 1403. Get your hands up against that wall.
Get up. All right.
- 1404. - Palms on the wall and spread 'em.
- Get those hands up!
- 1405. - Come on. Spread 'em!
- Get your feet apart.
- 1406. - I saw the buy.
- Let's get Limbo. Julio!
- 1407. - You all right, baby?
- Yeah, yeah. I got 'em.
- 1408. Police officer!
- 1409. What the fuck
are you waiting for?
- 1410. Go down the fire escape!
- 1411. Police! Throw out your guns
and come out with your hands up!
- 1412. - Wait. What do you got here?
- It's Mr. And Mrs. Serpico, sir.
- 1413. Okay. Go ahead.
- 1414. - Where's our son?
- They're bringing him from X-ray.
- 1415. - We want to see him.
- Just a few minutes.
- 1416. Mr. And Mrs. Serpico...
- 1417. the news is better
than we expected.
- 1418. Thank God the bullet
was a small caliber.
- 1419. It didn't enter the brain...
- 1420. or strike the spinal cord.
- 1421. He's on the critical list...
- 1422. but his condition
seems to be stable.
- 1423. Thank you, Doctor.
- 1424. Stay out of there.
Didn't they tell you?
- 1425. What?
- 1426. The word is, don't talk to him.
He's no fuckin' good.
- 1427. - How you doing, kid?
- Hello, Sid.
- 1428. How are you?
- 1429. You wanna read my fan mail?
- 1430. Sure.
- 1431. You're a big shot now, huh?
- 1432. I want you to get those
fucking cops away from my door.
- 1433. The Knapp Commission likes you.
They want you to appear.
- 1434. Naturally.
- 1435. Heinemann and Julio
- 1436. The three of you are up for
exceptional merit awards.
- 1437. That's very funny.
- 1438. That's very funny.
- 1439. Francesco, you love me?
- 1440. I always had a thing for you, Sid.
You know that.
- 1441. Your gold shield's
- 1442. What's this for?
- 1443. For being an honest cop?
- 1444. Or for being stupid enough
to get shot in the face?
- 1445. You tell them
they can shove it.
- 1446. I don't want it.
- 1447. Oh, well.
- 1448. Well, Frank,
the facts are these.
- 1449. You'll have to stay on leave
of absence for a few months.
- 1450. In all probability, the hearing
in your left ear won't come back.
- 1451. Two bullet fragments are still
lodged there in the bony portion.
- 1452. One is very close to
the carotid artery...
- 1453. and you'll have to be checked
from time to time.
- 1454. Your left side will
feel stiff occasionally.
- 1455. Once in a great while you may
experience some dizziness.
- 1456. But in general,
you'll be okay.
- 1457. Through my appearance
- 1458. I hope that police officers in
the future will not experience...
- 1459. the same frustration and anxiety
that I was subjected to...
- 1460. for the past five years
at the hands of my superiors...
- 1461. because of my attempt
to report corruption.
- 1462. I was made to feel that I had
burdened them with an unwanted task.
- 1463. The problem is that the atmosphere
does not yet exist...
- 1464. in which an honest police officer
- 1465. without fear of ridicule
or reprisal from fellow officers.
- 1466. Police corruption cannot exist
unless it is at least tolerated...
- 1467. at higher levels
in the department.
- 1468. Therefore, the most important result
that can come from these hearings...
- 1469. is a conviction by police officers
that the department will change.
- 1470. In order to ensure this...
- 1471. an independent,
permanent investigative body...
- 1472. dealing with police corruption,
like this commission, is essential.