I can't remember which Al Pacino movie I saw first: “Serpico” or “Dog Day Afternoon,” but I do remember Pacino left quite an impression on me. The brash actor could play both criminals and police officers (any role really) adeptly and convincingly. I'd have to say that “The Godfather: Part II” and “Scent of a Woman” are probably my favorite films.
Another film of Pacino's, “Scarface” (1983), can be seen at 8 tonight on IFC. In it, Pacino takes over a drug cartel. Directed by Brian De Palma, the film also stars Robert Loggia, Michelle Pfeiffer and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.
Here is a quiz about Pacino and his films.
1. In what city was Pacino born?
2. He received a Best Actor award for his role in which film?
3. In which TV movie did he play Dr. Jack Kevorkian?
4. Who directed “Dog Day Afternoon?”
5. What is the name of the play Pacino's character is writing in “Author! Author?”
6. In another TV movie, Pacino played which famous record producer accused of killing a model in his home?
7. What is Pacino's nickname?
8. Pacino directed which 1996 film based on one of Shakespeare's classic plays?
Answers: 1. New York City (Bronx). 2. “Scent of a Woman.” 3. “You Don't Know Jack.” 4. Sidney Lumet. 5. “English with Tears.” 6. Phil Spector. 7. Sonny. 8. “Looking for Richard.”