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Cruising (1980)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Steve Burns
... Capt. Edelson
... Nancy
... Stuart Richards
... Ted Bailey
... Patrolman DiSimone
... Skip Lee
... Det. Lefransky
... Dr. Rifkin
... DaVinci
Arnaldo Santana ... Loren Lukas
Larry Atlas ... Eric Rossman
... Chief of Detectives
Sonny Grosso ... Det. Blasio
... 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)  »

Also Known As:

William Friedkin's Cruising  »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$19,798,718, 31 December 1995
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1.85 : 1
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James A. Contner's first job as a director of photography. William Friedkin gave him the opportunity after having been impressed with his work as a camera operator. See more »

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The medical examiner discusses the serrations in the wounds of a murder victim but the killer did not use a serrated knife on him. 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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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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Carefully Offensive
18 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

William Friedkin directed not only The French Connection and The Exorcist, he also directed The Boys In The Band then years before Cruising. If there is an evolution in how the straight world saw the gay world in the decade between Boys In The Band and Cruising, the evolution is backwards. The gay scene in Crusing is sheer hell and I have to believe that it reflected the Country's mood of the day. In not such subtle ways Cruising tells us about the depravity of one group threatening the other. If you think I'm wrong, why then the gay sex and enviroment is wrapped in violent rock music in which actual feelings are not even present but the heterosexual sex scenes between - the always wonderful Al Pacino and the beautiful Karen Allen are wrapped in lyrical classical music, all feeling, tenderness and light. As soon as the film ended I had to wash my face and pour myself a double scotch on the rocks. I was kind of angry and definitely disturbed. Oops, maybe I recommending Cruising without meaning to.


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