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Cruising (1980)

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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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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Al Pacino is Cruising for a killer.


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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$19,798,718, 31 December 1995
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Trivia

In an effort to make the scenes of gay "leather bars" as real as possible, actual leather bars in New York City that catered to gay men were used. These locations are in Manhattan's lower West Side neighborhoods in the meat packing district, most of which remain open to this day. The extras in full black leather and chaps, among other provocative sexual attire, were actual patrons of the bars recruited for the scenes a few days before filming began. They were instructed to act as they would normally act in gay bars, but to tone down sexually-oriented activities because of the likelihood these acts would give the film an "X" rating. See more »

Goofs

Blonde transvestite hooker DaVinci and his brunette transvestite hooker friend are forced into Patrolemen DiSimone and Dresher's police car. When DiSimone, DaVinci and DaVinci's friend are in the back seat, Dresher orders DaVinci into the front seat for implied fellatio. Later, at the police station, DaVinci erroneously says it was DiSimone who forced him to perform fellatio. See more »

Quotes

Nancy Gates: Why don't you want me anymore?
Steve Burns: What I'm doing is affecting me.
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The film only opens with the title in large letters, across the screen. It is only at the end where the filmmakers are credited. See more »


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Heat Of The Moment
Performed by Willy DeVille
Words & Music by Willy DeVille
Produced by Jack Nitzsche
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a question of taste
14 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is a FRIEDKIN movie. Consequently, it is soulless, dark and physical. There are no heroes, the range goes from unclear/mixed up/tortured souls/loonies to the dephts of hell. It is also highly interpretative, you can not expect a logical script and a "I did it" smile or a "walk towards the sun" type of ending. So, it's a question of taste if you like his movies or not. I DO. I very much doubt that Pacino or Sorvino regret making this film. It is riveting. For one, characters are not even gray, they are a mystery. Sorvino's character, for instance is so blank, that you even wonder if he cares about anything, including Burns' fate. Pacino's character is pretty ambitious, but other than that he is completely controversial. Although he shows some kind of goodness (towards his neighbor, for instance), the ending even kinda questions that (was it because he had sexual intentions with the guy or that he just wanted to do some good?). Also, he sometimes feels overwhelmed by the undercover job ("I don't know if I can do this") but then he starts to adapt. One of the possible ideas of this movie is: you dance with the devil and then you start to like it. In any case, it leaves conclusions to the viewer. The atmosphere and especially the music are truly amazing and original. 9/10


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