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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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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
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Dr. Rifkin
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DaVinci
Arnaldo Santana ...
Loren Lukas
Larry Atlas ...
Eric Rossman
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Chief of Detectives
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

The L.A. punk band The Germs recorded five or so songs expressly for the soundtrack to this movie, although only "Lion's Share" was actually used. During the recording sessions, director William Friedkin was so energized by the Germs' playing that he took to doing the "pogo" dance around the engineer's booth. 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 »

Quotes

Stuart Richards: [he is being cruised by a muscular man] Do I qualify?
[exhales cigarette smoke]
Loren Lukas: I hate cigarettes.
Stuart Richards: Oh, really?
Loren Lukas: I think they're disgusting.
Stuart Richards: Well I enjoy them.
Loren Lukas: All it is is anal regressive. If you want to quit I suggest you try another form of childhood stroking.
Stuart Richards: I don't want to quit.
Loren Lukas: I suggest you try an ostrich feather along the small of your back, up your spine up to the nape of your neck.
Stuart Richards: Sounds addictive.
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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 Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003) 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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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


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