The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida on February 13, 1974 · 53
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The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida · 53

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r i r lpnpi T"pr ' -A'v WV S‘ 'H Jv' I- Wed Feb 13 1974 THE MIAMI HERALD 7-D JOHN HUDDY herald entertainment editor 1 iyy 81 9 1 yewpimy $ W 'V Pry" "1lil""Vlpl " -' - ‘¥ - " "r mf r t f t "i ‘Serpico’ a Gripping Story of Corruption After four years of police reporting on an Ohio daily I believed In the law In my friends on the vice squad In the policeman as a brave member of the thin blue line holding back the barbarians Then one day the envelope arrived from home Clippings from my old newspaper fell out My cronies on the vice squad and a good many other policemen were on their way to jail For reasons of corruption Because they took bribes from local gangsters For years they took bribes from local gangsters To the moviegoer who enters the theater with a similar blend of faith and trust in policemen and police departments ‘‘Serpico” offers a similar shock One of the year’s best films by Dino De Laurentiis Martin Bregman and Sidney Lumet "Serpico” is the story of a real-world New York City police-man— Fiank Serpico a hippie an intellectual a good and resourceful street cop who turned into a reluctant rebel with a very deadly cause "A man of integrity and courage finally has surfaced" a high-ranking police official says when Serpico begins to talk telling of citywide corruption among New York’s finest But the anticipated total war against policemen who coddle Mafiosi who goldbrick while reaping bribes policemen who beat petty crooks when petty graft isn’t delivered becomes a phony war THE CHEST-THUMPING higher-ranking police officials do nothing Alone already suspected by fellow policemen Serpico gets the message a message that we now realize can also apply to national government: When an agency investigates itself it may well investigate nothing at best only small fry will be pulled into the nets And when a highly political organization is asked to investigate the investigators the system breaks down totally In the matter of "Serpico” and the New York City Police Department the mayor’s office is told of both the corruption and the refusal of top police officials to take action It too fails to act An embarrassed mayor’s aide tells Serpico that the mayor fears a hot summer can’t afford the political liability of a po-lice scandal When Serpico does talk to a grand jury the district attorney sidesteps the crucial issue of prompt vigilant action Only when Serpico turns to the press specifically The New York Times is the Knapp Commission on police corruption formed and the scope of the corruption revealed THE CORRUPTION according to Serpico and the filmmakers is bottomless endless so massive it has made lazy goldbricking collection agents out of most policemen "Serpico” is thus instant controversy beginning with a premise that a good many will challenge When the young patrolman arrives at the 82nd Precinct he alleges that virtually everyone is on the take Amounts of up to $800 a month are routinely distributed to officers even newcomers by the L- V v - V’- a r i it m K ifi i 4 ' ifi i lJM I A1 Pacino os Serpico v4' Frank Sinatra Jr lale booking regional gamblers and dope dealers Serpico asks for a transfer to a ward believed clean Again the big spigot of graft is wide open he finds Adapted from Peter Maas’s gripping relentless reporting of Serpico’s fate and the broader Knapp Commission probe Lumet’s film suggests it isn’t hard to tell the cops from the robbers in New York City The crooks are the good guys The film moving slowly but very deliberately and supported by A1 Pacino’s predictably excellent acting disguises nothing waters down little else The crooked cops outnumber the clean ones and indeed there are only a handful of honest policemen in the film WRITERS Waldo Salt Norman Wexler and Peter Maas have written dialog sc real that it seems to be taken off a hidden tape recorded stashed in the 82nd Precinct We hear tough hard desperate street talk not the language of actors and actresses Lumet himself in crafting one of the year’s top 10 films deserved Academy Award consideration for simply hiring Arthur J Ornitz the director of photography and Mikis Theodorakis the greek composer who gives the film a haunting Old World sense of musical tragedy Supporting players Cornelia Sharpe a stunning blonde who could become the era’s new Garbo and John Randolph Jack Kehoe Biff McGuire Barbara Eda-Young and Tony Roberts all perform superbly And what photography Lumet and Ornitz create a New York that not only looks as the city should in this film of - decay and decadence but the visual qualities in turn generate the smells sounds and styles of the city Then there are the faces of the crooked cops To a man they are ugly men As ugly as their city And almost as ugly as their crime Miami Scene Bubba’s a fun little comedy room in Coconut Grove that’s played Robert Klein and Steve Martin in recent months has temporarily closed Owners cite bad business caused by the gas crisis as one reason for the unexpected shuttering There’s no word when the room might re-open Frank Sinatra Jr in yet another midnight-hour booking opens for a 10-day stay at the Playboy Plaza beginning tonight Sinatra will headline the Penthouse Theater of the hotel while comedian Jackie Mason and singer Carole Taran play the downstairs Playmate Bar nightspot The Sinatra Jr show will be offered on a ticket basis at $750 per person That price includes the show one drink tax and tips Showtimes are at 9:30 and midnight for Sinatra Jr at 10 pm and midnight for Mason and Taran Still more late booking activity: Maureen McGovern the Grammy nominee for best new artist of the year and singer of “The Morning After” will play the Tack Room of the Diplomat Feb 22-28 Just brace yourself for that noisy bar Maureen Warm Warmup While I compliment the Diplomat management for giving customers their money’s worth in the current Cafe Cristal engagement of Engelbert Humperdinck it is possible to offer too much When Paul Anka performed more than two hours on his opening night at the Fontainebleau and without the announced intermission we enjoyed the show but walked away feeling as though we’d participated in two back-to-back games in the Orange Bowl On Humperdinck’s opening night the show approached the two-hour mark mainly because there are two not one opening acts Happily both are quite entertaining and we don’t notice the time factor until late in the Humperdinck segment Brown Rice the first all-Japanese act to play a front-line Miami Bach nightclub in recent times offers a cheerful pretty tapestry of modem music backed by a moderately hard rhythm section They sing with a special grace that’s most attractive Capri his own man with an entirely original act (and what a refreshing change that proves to be) is the season’s surprise discovery A big hit with the Cafe Cristal crowds even while warming up the Humperdinck faithful the young comedian has a natural but expert delivery and excellent material rmKrv?m Ef9 Entertajnmen nd lakh ylyT FEBRUARY 15-24 ¥ M - 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LAST FEW DAYS Clint Eastwood is Dirty Harry in Hagnum Force CORAL CORALRIOGE SPECIAL J ROAD SHOW Shows at 1:00 PM 3:11PM 5:35 PM 1:00 PM 10:30 PM ENGAGEMEN SORRY NO PASSES ONLY SEATING CAPACITY WILL BE SOLD NO ONE SEATED AFTER SHOW BEGINS rR !i®s V I t 'I t 'I s e ! i: i r 1 u i it

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