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Cruising (1980)

William Friedkin’s typically intense thriller finds Al Pacino overacting alarmingly as clear-eyed New York cop Steve Burns who leathers up and enters the gay, sadomasochistic underworld in order to track down a psychopath serial killer who’s preying on homosexuals – Inevitably, his hormones get very confused.

Drawing criticism from gay groups in America and Britain (as it was almost calculated to do) Cruising pushes to the limit what is acceptable in a mainstream studio picture.

However, while the savagery of the murders and the explicitness of the sexual practices on display are initially unsettling, they soon become numbing and, ultimately, yawn-inducing.

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Steve Burns
Al Pacino
Captain Edelson
Paul Sorvino
Nancy
Karen Allen
Stuart Richards
Richard Cox
Ted Bailey
Don Scardino
Skip Lee
Jay Acovone
Detective Lefransky
Randy Jurgensen
Gregory
James Remar
Paul Gaines
William Russ
Patrolman DiSimone
Joe Spinell
Patrolman Desher
Mike Starr

Director
William Friedkin