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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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Steve Burns
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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)
Michael Aronin ...
Det. Davis
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Gregory
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Paul Gaines
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Patrolman Desher
Steve Inwood ...
Martino
Keith Prentice ...
Joey
Leland Starnes ...
Jack Richards
Robert Pope ...
DaVinci's Friend
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Water Sport
Bruce Levine ...
Dancer
Charles Dunlap ...
Three Card Monte
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Hankie Salesman
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Jack (voice)
Richard Jamieson ...
Spotter
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Seller (as James Ray Weeks)
David Winnie Hayes ...
Bouncer
Carmine Stippo ...
Bartender (as Carmine Stipo)
James Hayden ...
Cockpit Coke Man (scenesDeleted)
Todd Winters ...
Tugboat Mate
Sylvia Gassel ...
(as Sylvia Gassell)
Dennis Shea
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Tough Cop
Larry Silvestri
Kevin Johnson
Lawrence Lust
Louie Grenier
Penny Gumeny
Mike Barbera
Joseph Catucci
Bob Duggan ...
(as Robert Duggan)
Dan Sturkie
Linda Gary
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kirsten Baker ...
Jogger (uncredited)
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Shirtless Male (uncredited)
Christian Daugherty ...
Hustler #2 (uncredited)
Neal Gold ...
Man on dance floor with white sweatband (uncredited)
Eric Ryan ...
Bar Patron (uncredited)
Mark Stern ...
Cockpit Patron (uncredited)
Tieg Thomas ...
Bartender (uncredited)
Danny Vail ...
Man in Restaurant (uncredited)

Directed by

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William Friedkin

Written by

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William Friedkin ... (written by)
 
Gerald Walker ... (novel)

Produced by

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Burtt Harris ... associate producer
Jerry Weintraub ... producer

Music by

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Jack Nitzsche
Egberto Gismonti ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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James A. Contner ... director of photography (as James Contner)

Film Editing by

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Bud S. Smith ... (as Bud Smith)
M. Scott Smith ... (re-issue)

Editorial Department

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Donah Bassett ... negative cutter
Jere Huggins ... assistant film editor
Ned Humphreys ... assistant film editor
Larry Rovetti ... color timer

Casting By

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Louis DiGiaimo ... (as Louis Digiaimo)

Production Design by

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Bruce Weintraub

Art Direction by

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Edward Pisoni

Set Decoration by

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Robert Drumheller

Costume Design by

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Robert De Mora ... (as Robert deMora)

Makeup Department

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Bob Grimaldi ... hair stylist (as Robert Grimaldi)
Robert Norin ... special makeup effects artist
Allen Weisinger ... makeup artist (as Allan Weisninger)

Production Management

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Burtt Harris ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Alan Hopkins ... first assistant director
Robert E. Warren ... second assistant director (as Robert Warren)

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Gene Anderson ... assistant property master
Barry Bedig ... property master
Stan Graham ... scenic artist (as Stanley Graham)
Carlos Quiles Jr. ... construction coordinator
Jimmy Raitt ... property master (as James Raitt)
Bruno Robotti ... scenic artist

Sound Department

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Allan Bromberg ... assistant: sound editor
Charles L. Campbell ... supervising sound editor
Louis L. Edemann ... sound editor
Richard C. Franklin ... assistant sound editor (as Rick Franklin)
Michael Galloway ... sound recordist
Athan Gigakos ... adr mixer: Sound Shop (as Athan Gigiakos)
Robert Glass ... sound re-recordist
Chris Jenkins ... sound re-recordist (as Christopher Jenkins)
Robert Knudson ... sound re-recordist
Aaron Levy ... re-recording mixer
Kim H. Ornitz ... sound mixer (as Kim Ornitz)
David Pettijohn ... sound editor (as David A. Pettijohn)
Bruce Richardson ... sound editor
Norman B. Schwartz ... dialogue editor (as Norman Schwartz)
John A. Amicarella ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Regina Mullen ... adr assistant (uncredited)
John Roesch ... foley artist (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Enrique Bravo ... camera operator
Gene Engels ... gaffer
Billy Miller ... key grip (as William Miller)
Gary Muller ... assistant camera
Hank Muller ... assistant camera (as Hank Muller Jr.)
Josh Weiner ... still photographer
Scott Rathner ... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Michael Dennison ... wardrobe supervisor
Robert Dean Jackson ... wardrobe supervisor (as Dean Jackson)

Location Management

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Carmine Foresta ... location manager

Music Department

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The Cripples ... music performer
Willy DeVille ... music performer
Bill Evans ... music engineer
The Germs ... music performer (as Germs-G.I.)
Egberto Gismonti ... music performer
John Hiatt ... music performer
Mutiny ... music performer
Rough Trade ... music performer
Madelynn von Ritz ... music performer

Other crew

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George Davis ... secretary to producer
Sidney Gecker ... script supervisor
Sonny Grosso ... technical advisor
Edward Iacobelli ... teamster captain
Mark Johnson ... production executive
Randy Jurgensen ... technical advisor
Toni St. Clair Lilly ... secretary to the director
Jennifer Ogden ... production office coordinator
Lucille Smith ... auditor (as Lucille Cannon)
Michael Weintraub ... production assistant
Paul Bateson ... consultant (uncredited)
Darryl Peck ... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines Al Pacino is Cruising for a killer. See more »
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Also Known As
  • William Friedkin's Cruising (United States)
  • Cruising - La Chasse (France)
  • A la caza (Spain)
  • Tuntematon tappaja (Finland)
  • Yön kuningas (Finland)
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Runtime
  • 102 min
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Budget $11,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia For research, William Friedkin worked with members of the Mafia, which owned most of New York City's gay bars at the time. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The Last Married Couple in America/Cruising/Just Tell Me What You Want/Hero At Large/Saturn 3 (1980). See more »
Soundtracks Three-Day Moon See more »
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 »
Quotes Steve Burns: Hips or lips?
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