28 January 2020 | Ajtlawyer
More could've been done
I'm a huge fan of "Serpico" and so I was really looking forward to seeing this documentary. Frank Serpico is in his 80s now so it's beneficial that he's been given such a chance to make a final record. That said, I wish the show had more about Serpico talking about his career and not so much padding. Much time is spent with Serpico checking out old places from his life, the location of his father's shoe repair shop (now an eatery), his childhood home (which seemed to have occupants and at the same time looked like it had fallen apart). The most interesting place he re-visits is of course the building in Brooklyn where he was shot in the face.
One thing that becomes evident is that even in his 80s, Serpico suffers from some degree of PTSD, not just from his shooting, but from the ordeal he had to go through as a pariah in the NYPD. The man's a born storyteller but the documentary doesn't seem to take full advantage of that. He's also an extremely private man who went into a self-imposed exile to Switzerland and Holland for over a decade after he left the NYPD. Very little of the story touches on that.