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Cruising (1980)

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A police detective goes undercover in the underground S&M gay subculture of New York City to catch a serial killer who is preying on gay men.

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Capt. Edelson
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Stuart Richards
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Ted Bailey
Joe Spinell ...
Patrolman DiSimone
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Skip Lee
Randy Jurgensen ...
Det. Lefransky
Barton Heyman ...
Dr. Rifkin
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DaVinci
Arnaldo Santana ...
Loren Lukas
Larry Atlas ...
Eric Rossman
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Det. Blasio
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Det. Schreiber (as Edward O'Neil)
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Storyline

A serial killer brutally slays and dismembers several gay men in New York's S&M and leather districts. The young police officer Steve Burns is sent undercover onto the streets as decoy for the murderer. Working almost completely isolated from his department, he has to learn and practice the complex rules and signals of this little society. While barely seeing his girlfriend Nancy anymore, the work starts changing him. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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gay | subculture | s&m | police | undercover | See more »

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Al Pacino is Cruising for a killer.


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15 February 1980 (USA)  »

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William Friedkin's Cruising  »

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Trivia

James A. Contner originally wanted to shoot the film in black and white, as he felt it would fit the look of the S/M world. See more »

Goofs

The close up of the last body, you can clearly see his heartbeat in his neck for a few seconds. See more »

Quotes

Loren Lukas: Where you from?
Stuart Richards: Mars.
Loren Lukas: Terrific, I never made it with a Martian before.
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Version of Zhi fen shuang xiong (1990) See more »

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Pullin' My String
Performed by Willy DeVille
Words & Music by Willy DeVille
Produced by Jack Nitzsche
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Taut Thriller With Unique Twist
27 June 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I know this film got bad reviews when it was first released but I have always thought it deserved much better than it got. The film is a very tense thriller with a terrific performance from Al Pacino. The film is filled with memorable scenes and characters. The killer is one of the most interesting villains I have seen.....attractive with a complex character that is both mesmerizing and frightening. The film has a creepy quality that sometimes reminds me of the feeling I got watching "Silence of the Lambs." The scene in which Pacino goes to the shop and views the different colored bandanas for sale provides some brief humor that gives your nerves a chance to calm down.


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