Cruising

Cruising

Cruising

From director William Friedkin (The Exorcist). Al Pacino stars as young police officer sent undercover into New York's underground, S&M subculture to uncover a serial killer who has brutally slain and dismembers several gay men. Based on the novel of the same name by New York Time reporter Gerald Walker.

1980Rating: R18, contains violence, offensive language & sex scenes102 minsUSA, Germany
DramaClassic
Director:
William Friedkin ('The Exorcist', 'The French Connection', 'Killer Joe')
Cast:
Al PacinoPaul SorvinoKaren AllenRichard CoxDon ScardinoJoe SpinellJay AcovoneEd O'Neill

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Cruising / Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

It's a lurid, twisted film that brings you into its world and completely works you over.

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Time Out

Time Out

Opening with some powerful moments, Cruising soon drifts into bloody Village People-type caricature.

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Village Voice

Village Voice

The psychosexual dynamic of Cruising is certainly questionable - deliberately so, to some extent - though in chalking up violent homoerotic impulses to unresolved daddy issues, the movie may be a greater insult to the intelligence of psychoanalysts than to the sensibilities of (the gay community).

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Salon

Salon

Viewed from almost three decades' distance, Cruising now looks like a masterly work of psychological disorientation, guilty only of a certain insensitivity - in putting the most extreme imaginable example of gay sexual subculture into a mainstream film - but innocent of any homophobic intention.

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New York Daily News

New York Daily News

Its gamy images inside the leather and S&M gay bars along the Greenwich Village waterfront are both busy and dark.

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Variety

Variety

Taking away the kissing, caressing and a few bloody killings, Friedkin has no story...

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Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader

The follow-through's pretty weak, trailing off into some artsy ambiguity that damaged the film's commercial chances.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

This detective melodrama has something to offend almost everyone.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

What we're left with is a movie without the courage to declare itself.

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Boston Globe

Boston Globe

William Friedkin's Cruising is a work of art.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Cruising does not demonise homosexuality in general... rather it exposes the contradictions and potential dangers of any self-loathing gay man who turns his internalised homophobia violently upon himself and his own.

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