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Theatrical Release Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpgUnited States
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Release Date December 5,1973
Studio Artists Entertainments Complex, Inc.

Produzion De Laurentiis International Manufacturing Company S.P.A.

Distributor Paramount
Main Cast
Character Actor
Frank Serpico Al Pacino
NYPD Detective Heinemen F. Murray Abraham
NYPD officer Judd Hirsch
Chief Sidney Green John Randolph
Inspector Lombardo Edward Grover

The following weapons were used in the film Serpico:


Colt Woodsman

One of the Spanish drug dealers shoots Serpico in the face with a .22 caliber Colt Woodsman 3rd Series Target, with the doctors later telling Serpico's parents that the low caliber of the bullet most likely saved his life. The actual shooting took place on February 3, 1971. Frank Serpico described the scene as a very accurate recreation of the event.

Colt Woodsman 3rd Series Target - .22 LR
The Colt Woodsman is aimed at Serpico.
The Colt Woodsman fires at Serpico's face.

Smith & Wesson Escort

A Smith & Wesson Escort, much like the one seen in Taxi Driver, is found by Serpico (Al Pacino) in Rudy Corsaro's (Richard Foronjy) glove compartment.

Smith & Wesson Escort - .22 LR
Serpico finds the pistol.

Browning Hi-Power

Toward the end of the film, Serpico (Al Pacino) purchases for himself a Browning Hi-Power with target sights from the famous John Jovino gun shop in New York City. The salesman incorrectly tells him it "takes a 14-shot clip". Although a Hi-Power can have a maximum capacity of fourteen 9x19mm rounds, the magazine (not clip!) itself can only carry thirteen. Serpico tries in vain to draw his Hi-Power during the fake drug buy, but is unable to get a shot off. The Hi-Power from this movie was eventually sold by Heritage Auction in a 2018 listing.

A screen-used Browning Hi Power with Target sights (9x19mm) from Serpico; the weapon pictured here is the actual screen-used firearm from the film, as it appeared in a 2018 Heritage Auction listing.
Serpico checks the magazine of his new Browning Hi-Power.
The gun salesman advises Serpico that the Browning takes a "14-shot clip" (incorrectly referring to the magazine as a "clip") and asks if he's "expecting an army", to which Serpico famously replies "Just a division."
Serpico draws his Hi-Power on the precinct officers who harass him.
Serpico fires his Hi-Power at the police range.
Serpico draws his Hi-Power slowly before the fake drug buy.

Flintlock Pistol

A Flintlock Pistol is visible on the fireplace in Serpico's apartment.

Prop replica of Jack Sparrow's Pirates flintlock.
A flintlock pistol hangs on the wall next to Laurie (Barbara Eda-Young).


Smith & Wesson Model 10

Serpico's uniformed partner Becker carries a Smith & Wesson Model 10.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 Revolver - .38 Special
Serpico and Becker draw their Official Police and Model 10 when chasing the rapists.

Colt Detective Special

Inspector Lombardo (Edward Grover) carries a Colt Detective Special during his raid with Serpico.

Colt Detective Special - .38 Special
Lombardo shows the criminals his "shield" during the raid.
Lombardo approaches a criminal who questions his authority.
Lombardo asks a criminal about the payoffs. Note the design of the cylinder notch.

Smith & Wesson Model 36

Many of the NYPD officers and detectives throughout the film use Smith & Wesson Model 36 snubnose revolvers. Officer Frank Serpico (Al Pacino) carries a white-gripped model when he becomes a plainclothes officer, Bob Blair (Tony Roberts) carries one on his belt, and Chief Sidney Green (John Randolph) has one by his nightstand in the opening scene.

Smith and Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special
Green's S&W M36 sits on his nightstand as he talks on the phone.
Serpico arrests a suspect.
Serpico's Model 36 sits in his shoulder holster when another officer asks him for the "collar" on a suspect.
Serpico holsters his Model 36 before going to meet the corrupt officers in the park.
Julio, a narcotics detective, waits outside the apartment when Serpico is sent in to make the fake deal.
Narcotics detective Heineman (F. Murray Abraham) watches Serpico.
Julio reacts to the gunshot.

Colt Official Police

During his early days as a uniformed NYPD officer, Serpico (Al Pacino) carries a Colt Official Police.

Colt Official Police 4" Barrel - .38 Special
Serpico encounters a rape in progress.
Serpico arrests a rapist.

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