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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.

Director:

William Friedkin

Writers:

William Friedkin, Gerald Walker (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Steve Burns
Paul Sorvino ... Capt. Edelson
Karen Allen ... Nancy
Richard Cox ... Stuart Richards
Don Scardino ... Ted Bailey
Joe Spinell ... Patrolman DiSimone
Jay Acovone ... Skip Lee
Randy Jurgensen ... Det. Lefransky
Barton Heyman ... Dr. Rifkin
Gene Davis ... DaVinci
Arnaldo Santana Arnaldo Santana ... Loren Lukas
Larry Atlas Larry Atlas ... Eric Rossman
Allan Miller ... Chief of Detectives
Sonny Grosso Sonny Grosso ... Det. Blasio
Ed O'Neill ... 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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Trivia

Brian De Palma really wanted to direct this film but his producers could not obtain the rights to the material, so he made Dressed to Kill (1980) instead. 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

Skip Lea: Who is that guy?
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The CBS/FOX video release (now out of print) was the most complete version available. It has about 45 seconds of footage of SM bondage and sex (during the Police Night scene) that has been deleted from the Warner Video release, and two lines of dialogue near the end of the film when detectives are searching the killer's dorm room and mention the killers father has been dead for ten years See more »


Soundtracks

Passa Calle (Allegro vivo)
Taken from "La musica notturna delle strade di Madrid": Op. 30 n. 6 (1780)
Quintettino for two violins, viola and two violoncellos in C major (G. 324)
Composed by Luigi Boccherini
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Carefully Offensive
18 March 2018 | by excalibur107See 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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Country:

West Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

William Friedkin's Cruising See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$19,798,718

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,814,523
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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