Down 735 this week

Cruising (1980)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  15 February 1980 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 12,082 users  
Reviews: 135 user | 96 critic

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.



, (novel)
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.00 on Amazon Video


Top 25 Trivia Items From the Last 25 Years

Here are some amazing facts and figures to deepen your appreciation of the movies you love.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 05 Feb 2011
a list of 29 titles
created 22 Jul 2011
a list of 29 titles
created 10 Aug 2011
a list of 23 titles
created 26 Feb 2012
a list of 36 titles
created 05 May 2012

Related Items

Search for "Cruising" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Cruising (1980)

Cruising (1980) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Cruising.

User Polls

4 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sea of Love (1989)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A detective investigating a series of murders becomes involved with a woman who may be the culprit.

Director: Harold Becker
Stars: Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin, John Goodman
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Bobby Deerfield, a famous American race car driver on the European circuit, falls in love with the enigmatic Lillian Morelli, who is terminally ill.

Director: Sydney Pollack
Stars: Al Pacino, Marthe Keller, Anny Duperey
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Two symbiotic sociopaths play obscurely deviant mind games with each other while engaging in perversely brutal acts of violence against victims apparently chosen at random.

Director: David F. Wheeler
Stars: Al Pacino, Paul Guilfoyle, Joseph Maher
Scarecrow (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Max, an ex-con drifter with a penchant for brawling is amused by Lion, a homeless ex-sailor, and they partner up as they head east together.

Director: Jerry Schatzberg
Stars: Gene Hackman, Al Pacino, Dorothy Tristan
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A lawyer (Al Pacino) is forced to defend a guilty judge, while defending other innocent clients, and trying to find punishment for the guilty and provide justice for the innocent.

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Al Pacino, Jack Warden, John Forsythe
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.

Director: William Friedkin
Stars: William Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow
Revolution (1985)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

New York trapper Tom Dobb becomes an unwilling participant in the American Revolution after his son Ned is drafted into the Army by the villainous Sergeant Major Peasy. Tom attempts to find... See full summary »

Director: Hugh Hudson
Stars: Al Pacino, Donald Sutherland, Nastassja Kinski
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

This movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in "Needle Park" in New York City. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Schatzberg
Stars: Al Pacino, Kitty Winn, Alan Vint
Sorcerer (1977)
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Four unfortunate men from different parts of the globe agree to risk their lives transporting gallons of nitroglycerin across dangerous South American jungle.

Director: William Friedkin
Stars: Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal
Me, Natalie (1969)
Certificate: M Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young woman struggles for independence.

Director: Fred Coe
Stars: Patty Duke, James Farentino, Martin Balsam
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Johnny has just been released from prison, and gets a job in a café beside waitress Frankie. Frankie is a bit of a loner, but Johnny is determined their romance will blossom.

Director: Garry Marshall
Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hector Elizondo
City Hall (1996)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The accidental shooting of a boy in New York leads to an investigation by the Deputy Mayor, and unexpectedly far-reaching consequences.

Director: Harold Becker
Stars: Al Pacino, John Cusack, Bridget Fonda


Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Edelson
Stuart Richards
Ted Bailey
Joe Spinell ...
Patrolman DiSimone
Skip Lee
Randy Jurgensen ...
Det. Lefransky
Barton Heyman ...
Dr. Rifkin
Arnaldo Santana ...
Loren Lukas
Larry Atlas ...
Eric Rossman
Chief of Detectives
Det. Blasio
Det. Schreiber (as Edward O'Neil)


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Al Pacino is Cruising for a killer.


R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:






Release Date:

15 February 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

William Friedkin's Cruising  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


William Friedkin initially wasn't interested in the project when producer 'Philip d'Antoni' first brought it to his attention. D'Antoni then tried Steven Spielberg who dropped out when - not surprisingly - none of the major studios were prepared to back it. See more »


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


Loren Lukas: Where you from?
Stuart Richards: Mars.
Loren Lukas: Terrific, I never made it with a Martian before.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in Arrested Development: Blockheads (2013) See more »


When I Close My Eyes I See Blood
Performed by Madelynn von Ritz
Words & Music by Phil Lee
Produced by Jack Nitzsche
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

a question of taste
14 February 2005 | by (Romania) – 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

73 of 85 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Pro-gay? ace-150
Black cop with jock strap dpwrwlf
Finished the book. rpg1978-587-595128
Blu ray? JackForrester
Netflix censored or... GregsLubedAnus
Still have doubts about the killer. Sulaimone
Discuss Cruising (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: