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88 Minutes (2005) A thriller about a college professor who, while moonlighting as a forensic psychiatrist for the FBI, receives a death threat telling him that he has only 88 minutes to live. In narrowing down possible suspects, he frantically seeks to communicate with a problem student, an ex-girlfriend, and a serial killer on death row.
Void Moon (2005) Jack Karch, a female cat burglar forced to come out of retirement and confront the her nemesis. Based on Michael Connelly's acclaimed novel "Void Moon".
Merchant of Venice (2005) Shylock, A Shakespearian adaptation, set in 16th century Venice.
Gigli (2003) Starkman, a cameo in a comedy about a bumbling hitman (Ben Affleck) assigned to kidnap the mentally challenged brother of the district attorney. Jennifer Lopez also stars as a hitman sent to supervise Gigli.
Angels in America (2003) Roy Cohn, a homophobic right-wing gay man dying of A.I.D.s.  A six hour mini-series to air on HBO about contemporary gay life. Based on a Pulitzer Prize winning play.
The Recruit (2003) CIA Agent, A young CIA operative (Colin Farrell) has a complicated relationship with a mentor (Pacino) who double crosses him. 
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Eli Wurman, A legendary NY publicist is drawn into a dangerous world of illicit drugs, dirty politics, and deviant sex when his famous actor-client becomes involved in a scandal that could jeopardize his ambitions of becoming a US Senator.
Simone (2002) Viktor Taransky, a movie producer who is forced to replace an actress who walks out on his film with a digital one.  She becomes a big hit and he has to hide the fact that she is not real.
Insomnia (2002) Will Dormer, a police detective who accidentally kills his partner during a murder investigation in a tiny Alaskan town. He then gets blackmailed by the killer into pinning both deaths on an innocent person.
Chinese Coffee (2002) Harry Levine (*also directed, produced), Two down-and-out friends argue about Harry's new novel which is about their friendship and Jake Manheim's (Jerry Orbach) life.
America, A Tribute to Heroes (2001) Himself, in a telethon broadcast live from both coasts to raise money for the victims of the September 11th terrorist attack.
Pitch (2001) Himself, in a cameo. Story of two men trying to sell their screenplay in Hollywood about a mob boss who mistakenly gets a sex change.
Any Given Sunday (1999) Tony D'Amato, coach of a pro football team. His quarterback is injured and replaced with a young hotshot with no regard for the old ways of playing. He also battles with an ambitious new female general manager (Cameron Diaz).
The Insider (1999) Lowell Bergman, True story of tobacco executive-turned-whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand and his relationship with "60 Minutes" producer Lowell Bergman.
Devil's Advocate (1997) John Milton, the devil, operating out of a law firm in New York who hires a young lawyer (Keanu Reeves) and tries to corrupt him.
French Documentary (1997) Himself, French documentary about his life and career. Features interviews with him and co-workers, friends etc.
Donnie Brasco (1997) Lefty Ruggiero, a low-level mafia hood. He takes a young man (Jonny Depp) under his wing and teaches him the ways of the mob without knowing he is an undercover agent for the FBI.
Looking for Richard (1996) Himself and Richard III (*also directed, produced, wrote narration), an experimental documentary about trying to understand of one of Shakespeare's most complex plays, "Richard III".
City Hall (1996) John Pappas, Mayor of New York City. A murder mystery in which the deputy mayor (John Cusack) investigates the murder of a small child in NY.
Two Bits (1995) Grandpa Spiritos, the dying grandfather of the main character, a little boy who wants two bits to go see a movie for the first time.
Heat (1995) Vincent, a cop on the LAPD investigating a gang of bank robbers lead by Robert De Niro, while coping with his failing marriage.
Jonas in the Desert (1994) Himself, in a cameo in a documentary about underground director, poet, and intellectual Jonas Mekas.  I haven't seen it but I'm told he's only in it for a minute.
Superstars of Action (1993) Himself, a documentary about his career (25 minutes). Lots of interviews with friends and with Al himself. Lots of clips from his films.
Carlito's Way (1993) Carlito Brigante, a former drug dealer trying to go straight after he unexpectedly gets out of a long jail sentence on a technicality. But old favors draw him back into the street and threaten his new life with the woman he loves.
Scent of a Woman (1992) Col. Frank Slade, a blind, retired army hothead who takes a young boarding school student with him for one last trip to New York City before he plans to end it all.
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) Ricky Roma, a slick real estate salesman tries to keep his job in a cut-throat office. One rainy night a manager drops by and offers a contest. First prize - a car, second - steak knives, third - you're fired.
Frankie and Johnny (1991) Johnny, an ex-con who gets out of jail and finds a job as a short order cook. He tries to woo waitress Frankie (Michelle Pfieffer) but she has been hurt and is reluctant to give her heart again.
Truth or Dare (1991) Himself, a very short cameo being introduced to someone by Madonna backstage at her concert. He's only in the film for a few seconds.
Cine Bonus Track Documentary (?) Himself, a French documentary about Al featuring interviews with him and his family, friends, and critics.
The Godfather, Part III (1990) Michael Corleone, tries to go legitimate after decades of corruption as the powerful Don of the Corleone mafia family.  He tries to buy his absolution from the Catholic Church but he can't escape his past and soon gets drawn back in to crime.
The Local Stigmatic (1990) Graham, a thug who meets a local celebrity in a pub. He and his roomate follow the man and brutally beat him, mutilating his face. Pacino directed and starred in this movie based on the play. It was never released.
Dick Tracy (1990) Big Boy Caprice, a gangster and Dick Tracey's arch enemy in a film version of the comic book series.  Visually stunning, and although you can barely recognize Pacino under the heavy makeup, he steals the show.
Sea of Love (1989) Frank Keller, a homicide detective trying to solve a murder. He goes undercover in a series of blind dates to try and catch the killer. He ends up falling in love with the prime suspect, Ellen Barkin.
Revolution (1985) Tom Dobb,a trapper who, along with his son, is drafted into the revolutionary army and struggles to keep his son alive through the Revolutionary War.
Scarface (1983) Tony Montana, a Cuban refugee who rises to the top of the drug world in Miami. Michelle Pfeiffer co-stars as the ice-queen girlfriend of his boss, and the woman he wants.
Author! Author! (1982) Ivan Trevalian, playwright with a houseful of his wife's four young kids and one of his own. When she leaves him he struggles to cope with the kids, and even worse, the possibility of losing them.
Acting: Lee Strasberg and the Actors Studio (1981) himself, He talks about friend and mentor Lee Strasberg.   There are many interviews with former students of the studio, friends and co-workers of Strasberg.
Cruising (1980) Steve Burns, an undercover cop investigating the serial murders of gay men in New York. He poses as a gay man frequenting leather bars and parks where men have anonymous sex in the meatpacking district in NY.
...And Justice for All (1979) Arthur Kirkland, a lawyer working in a corrupt system.  He is forced to defend a judge he hates who is accused of rape even though he knows he is guilty.
Bobby Deerfield (1977) Bobby Deerfield, a racecar driver living in Europe who falls in love with an eccentric European woman who is seriously ill. Isolated by fame and self-absorbtion, he finally connects with this woman only to learn she is very sick.
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) Sonny Wortzik, bank robber. The true story of two bumbling bank robbers. Sonny is trying to raise money so his gay lover can get the sex change he wants.He has to cope with his lover, his female wife, kids, and a slow partner.
The Godfather, Part II (1974) Michael Corleone, the head of a NY mafia family.  As he solidifies his power, murders his enemies and becomes an enormously powerful force he loses his wife, his family and his soul. Al's most famous part.
Serpico (1973) Frank Serpico, an honest cop fighting a corrupt system. The true story of one man who refused bribes and paid the price. He comes to be hated in the department and goes undercover to expose the rampant corruption.
Scarecrow (1973) Francis "Lion", a hitchiker on his way to meet his young son for the first time. He and a man he meets on the road (Gene Hackman) make their way cross country, getting in trouble along the way.
The Godfather (1972) Michael Corleone, the son of a mafia Godfather who eventually takes his father's place as head of the family.  Largely considered one of the great movies of all time and Al's most famous role.
Panic in Needle Park (1971) Bobby, a drug user and dealer. Bobby meets a young woman (Kitty Winn) and soon she is drawn into his world of heroine addiction, prostitution and betrayal.
Me Natalie (1969) Tony, a guy at a party who dances with Patty Duke. He's only on screen for a couple of minutes and is kind of a jerk to Patty Duke's character.
N.Y.P.D. (tv episode) (1969) A racist southerner who is on the run in N.Y. for participating in a bombing that killed two young black girls.  A group of black militants follows him to N.Y., kidnaps him and plans to murder him as revenge. The series ran from 1967-1969. I don't know the exact date of the episode Al was on.  It also starred his then live-in love Jill Clayburgh.



Salome (2003) King Herod (reading) Oscar Wilde Ethel Barrymore Theatre
Oedipus Rex (2002) King Oedipus Sophocles Daryl Roth Theater
Salome (2002) King Herod (concert reading only) Oscar Wilde St. Anne's Warehouse
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (2002) Arturo Ui Bertolt Brecht Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University
Hughie (1999) (Erie Smith) Director Eugene O'Neill Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles
Hughie (1996) (Erie Smith) Director Eugene O'Neill Circle in the Square Theater, NY City
Hughie (1996) (Erie Smith) Director Eugene O'Neill Long Wharf Theater, New Haven, CT
Chinese Coffee (1992) Harry Ira Lewis Circle in the Square, New York
Salome (1990) King Herod Oscar Wilde Circle in the Square, NY (staged readings)
Chinese Coffee (1989-90) Harry Ira Lewis Workshop only
National Anthem (1988) N/A Dennis McIntyre On-book reading, New Haven, Connecticut
Salome (1992) King Herod Oscar Wilde Circle in the Square, New York
Crystal Clear (1986-7) N/A Phil Young Workshop only, subsequently abandoned (original  improvisation with Anthony Allen, Philomena McDonagh and Diana Barrett)
Julius Caesar (1986-7) Marc Antony William Shakespeare New York Shakespeare Festival Theater, New York
American Buffalo (1984) Teach, a small time hustler plotting a robbery. David Mamet Duke of York's Theatre, London
American Buffalo (1983) Teach, a small time hustler plotting a robbery. David Mamet Booth Theater, New York
American Buffalo (1982) Teach, a small time hustler plotting a robbery. David Mamet Downtown Circle in the Square, New York
The Hairy Ape (1982) N/A Eugene O'Neill Circle in the Square, NYC (workshop rehearsals only)
Acting at Lee Strasberg's Studio (1980) various N/A Strasberg Studio
American Buffalo (1980) Teach David Mamet Long Wharf Theater Company, New Haven
Hamlet (1979) N/A William Shakespeare Joe Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival Theater (workshop only)
Othello (1979) N/A William Shakespeare Lincoln Center Vivian Beaumont Theater, NYC (rehearsals only)
The Jungle of the Cities (1979) N/A Bertolt Brecht Circle in the Square, New York City (staged readings only)
Richard III (1979) Richard III William Shakespeare Cort Theater, New York
Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel (1977) Pavlo Hummel David Rabe Longacre Theater, New York
The Local Stigmatic (1976) N/A Heathcote Williams Public Theater, New York
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (1975) Arturo Ui Bertolt Brecht Charles Playhouse, Boston
Richard III (1972) Richard III William Shakespeare Loeb Drama Center, Boston
The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel (1972) Pavlo Hummel David Rabe Charles Theater, Boston
Kilroy (1970) N/A N/A N/A
Camino Real (1970) N/A Tennessee Williams Lincoln Center Repertory Theater, New York
Rats (1970) N/A, director, performer N/A N/A
The Local Stigmatic (1969) Graham, a hood Heathcote Williams Actors Playhouse, New York
Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? (1969) Bickham, a sadistic psychotic in a drug rehab center Don Petersen Belasco Theater, New York
The Indian Wants the Bronx (1968) Murph, a street punk and sociopath who torments an elderly Indian gentleman. Israel Horovitz Astor Place Theater, New York
America, Hurrah (1967) N/A Jean-Claude Van Itallie Charles Playhouse, Boston
Awake and Sing! (1967) N/A Clifford Odets Charles Playhouse, Boston
The Peace Creeps (1966) N/A John Wolfson New Theater Workshop, New York
The Indian Wants the Bronx (1966) Murph, a street punk and sociopath who torments an elderly Indian gentleman. Israel Horovitz Eugene O'Neill Memorial Theater, Connecticut
Why Is a Crooked Letter (1966) N/A Fred Vassi Theater of Encounter, New York
The Connection (1966) N/A N/A N/A
Tiger at the Gates (1966) N/A N/A N/A
The Creditors (1965) N/A August Strindberg The Actors' Gallery, New York
Hello, Out There (1963) Young Man, a man in jail accused of rape William Saroyan Caffe Cino, New York.
The Adventures of High Jump (childrens theater) (1962) N/A N/A Theater East, New York City
Jack and the Bean Stalk (childrens theater) (1962) N/A N/A Cafe Bizarre, New York City