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(1980)

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References 

The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Stuart calls Steve "Dorothy"
The French Connection (1971)
There is a shoot that is identical to one of the more known scenes in The French Connection. It's filmed from the top of the stairs to a subway station straight down the stairs. It's a clear reference and both movies are of course directed by William Friedkin.
Golden Boys of the S.S. (1976)
A poster for this film is hanging on a wall at the Cockpit club.

Referenced in 

Saturday Night Live: Elliott Gould/Gary Numan (1980) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned and poster show on Weekend Update
Sneak Previews: Going to the Movies (1980) (TV Episode)
The title appears on a marquee at The Chicago Theatre.
Goodbye My Love (1980)
Film's title is mentioned by actor Michael Parker.
10 to Midnight (1983)
Shot of Steve Burns stalking a serial killer is referenced.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
The shot of Mr. Blonde pulling a blade from his cowboy boot taken from 'Cruising'.
Biography: Al Pacino: Inside Out (2001) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by narrator. Still frame featured.
Gaydar (2002) (Short)
mirror scene ("Are you cruising me?")
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003) (Video)
one-sheet poster displayed
Manhunt (2003) (Video Game)
A location in the level got the same name as one of the club in the Friedkin film
Entourage: The Scene (2004) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
That Man: Peter Berlin (2005)
Robert W. Richards talks about Peter Berlin cruising, and then a still from the Pacino film is shown.
Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (Video)
Video case is shown.
Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) (Video)
Video case is shown.
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006)
It is mentioned in a newspaper article.
Death Proof (2007)
"It's So Easy" by Willy DeVille was first featured in the 1980 film Cruising.
The Best Years: Cruising (2007) (TV Episode)
Title references the film
Indie Sex: Censored (2007) (TV Movie)
A brief mention
Tropic Thunder (2008)
Lesser Al Pacino movie suggested by Cody (Danny McBride) in the prison camp
Sex: The Revolution: Tainted Love (2008) (TV Episode)
mentioned
The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.48 (2009) (TV Episode)
Adam Carolla says he saw the film
Youngstown: Still Standing (2010)
Ed O'Neill tells a story about himself and Al Pacino talking in between takes of this film.
Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) (Video)
Video case is shown.
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.3 (2011) (TV Episode)
the film is listed on the marquee at the Chicago Theatre
The Cinema Snob: Maniac (2011) (TV Episode)
also featuring Joe Spinnell
Interior. Leather Bar. (2013)
This film inspires the film-within-the-film.
Californication: Dead Rock Stars (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Charlie
Arrested Development: Blockheads (2013) (TV Episode)
Gob's final stare into the mirror directly parodies Pacino's last scene.
Videoclub (2013)
Video case is shown.
The Cinema Snob: Let My Puppets Come (2013) (TV Episode)
"Apparently their movie is directed by an extra from Cruising."

Featured in 

David Walliams' Awfully Good: Awfully Good Movies (2011) (TV Episode)
Bad dancing
Vito (2011)
Clips featured.
Californication: Hell Bent for Leather (2013) (TV Episode)
Watched on TV

Spoofed in 

Killer Condom (1996)
The Onion Movie (2008)
In the "Queen Nathan" sketch, frames from gay-sex scenes are added, subliminally, like during the murder scene in "Crusing".

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