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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
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Patrolman DiSimone
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Skip Lee
Randy Jurgensen ...
Det. Lefransky
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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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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

In an effort to make the scenes of gay "leather bars" as real as possible, actual gay bars for men were used in the film that existed in New York City at that time. These locations are in the lower west neighborhoods in the meat packing district of Manhattan, most of which remain open to this day. Movie extras in full black leather and chaps, including other provocative sexual attire, were actual gay patrons of the bar recruited for the scenes a few days before filming began. The extras 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 »

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

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Stuart Richards: You made me do that.
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When I Close My Eyes I See Blood
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Controversial Document of Its Time

Viewed today, "Cruising" still elicits intense responses from both Gay and straight viewers alike. Mainstream Gays lament, as many protestors of the film at the time of its release, that it shows a homophobic image of Gay life, depecting them as sex-obsessed. Straights are put off by the frank look at the Gay sex "cruising" culture.

Interesting, however, some of the people involved in the Leather/SM subculture at the time this film was made have praised it for its accuracy of this particular lifestyle -- a pre-AIDS lifestyle concentrated on quick sex that was (and still is) pursued by a segment of the Gay community.

The film does not pretend to depict Gays as a whole. It is just a drama about a police investigation that uses the scene as a background and catalyst for an exploration into how one cop is affected by his work.

Not the greatest film ever made, but certainly a good springboard for discussion about the Gay community's politics, when one fully examines the controversy surrounding the film and the continued debate over public sex and body image in the community.

The strengths of "Cruising" are its use of locales and documentary-style cinematography, as well as the interesting performance from Paccino. In the end, it is hampered as a drama by problems with the narrative structure of the piece that seems to fizzle out in the last act, leading to an intriguing, but inconclusive, finish.


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