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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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William Friedkin's Cruising  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$19,798,718, 31 December 1995
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Trivia

Tobin Bell, according to his website, was an extra in this film. See more »

Goofs

Just before the first murder happens you can see the blood tube for a few moments as the first stabs are going into his back. See more »

Quotes

Patrolman Desher: C'mere. I wanna show you my night stick.
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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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Composed by Pierre Henry
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Taut Thriller With Unique Twist
27 June 2001 | by 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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