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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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Cast

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Capt. Edelson
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Nancy
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Stuart Richards
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Ted Bailey
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Patrolman DiSimone
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Skip Lee
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Det. Lefransky
Barton Heyman ...
Dr. Rifkin
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DaVinci
Arnaldo Santana ...
Loren Lukas
Larry Atlas ...
Eric Rossman
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Sonny Grosso ...
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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$11,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

William Friedkin asked noted gay author John Rechy--some of whose works were set in the same milieu as the film--to screen the film just before its release. Rechy had written an essay defending Friedkin's right to make the film, although not defending the film itself. At Rechy's suggestion, Friedkin deleted a scene showing the Gay Liberation slogan "We Are Everywhere" as graffiti on a wall just before the first body part is pulled from the river, and added a disclaimer: "This film is not intended as an indictment of the homosexual world. It is set in one small segment of that world, which is not meant to be representative of the whole." Friedkin later claimed that it was the MPAA and United Artists that required the disclaimer, calling it "part of the dark bargain that was made to get the film released at all" and "a sop to organized gay rights groups". Friedkin claimed that no one involved in making the film thought it would be considered as representative of the entire gay community, but gay film historian Vito Russo disputes that, citing the disclaimer as "an admission of guilt. What director would make such a statement if he truly believed that his film would not be taken to be representative of the whole?" 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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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 »

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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

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Shakedown
Performed by Rough Trade
Words by Carole Pope
Music by Kevan Staples (as Kevin Staples)
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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