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(Officially) straight guys must handle making a movie about gay sex In William Friedkin's much criticized 1980 cop thriller Cruising, which angered many gay activists at the time, then five-time Academy Award nominee Al Pacino plays a cop investigating a bloody murder in New York City's seedy and nasty (but all-too-alluring) Gay S&M Underworld. Having to "pass for" gay in order to do his job the right way, the cop ends up catching the gay virus (nope, not AIDS; just plain kinky and apparently deadly gay-ness) after hanging out at some really hardcore NY clubs. Now, according to the film's director, no less than 40 minutes of purportedly explicit gay sex scenes ("that material showed the most graphic homosexuality") were cut from the film so the Lorimar / United Artists production wouldn't receive a box-office-murdering X rating. Be that as it may -- well, stranger things have happened, and the "lost »

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