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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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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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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$19,798,718 (USA) (31 December 1995)
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Trivia

Rumor has it that William Friedkin's original cut ran 140 minutes. There is an increasing demand for a home video release of this version, if the deleted footage still exists and was not, as commonly believed, destroyed by United Artists. Apparently, Friedkin delivered this cut to the studio and it was condemned by the MPAA for ultra-provocative content. Friedkin has said that all of the footage he was ultimately forced to cut (over a series of 40 different edits, at a cost of $50,000, before the MPAA finally granted the film an R rating) involved graphic sexuality and wasn't connected to the murder investigation plot, and that the footage did provide some "twists and turns in the story" that were not present in the film's final cut. 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 »

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Patrolman DiSimone: She ain't gonna make a fool out of me. Takes the kids and goes to Florida to see her sister and leaves me a note. Ten years of marriage down the drain.
Patrolman Desher: They're all scumbags.
Patrolman DiSimone: What?
Patrolman Desher: Women. They're all scumbags.
Patrolman DiSimone: Who. Which ones?
Patrolman Desher: All of them. You're better off.
Patrolman DiSimone: Just drive the car. You'll be driving a squad car for the rest of your life. What do you know? You know nothing. That bitch ain't gonna jerk me around. I'll get her.
Patrolman Desher: You'll get her.
Patrolman DiSimone: [sees the gay men on the street] Look at these guys. One day...
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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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When I Close My Eyes I See Blood
Performed by Madelynn von Ritz
Words & Music by Phil Lee
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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