Cruising

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Time Out says

Starting from a classic undercover premise (Pacino descends into Manhattan's SM gay underworld to track a psychopathic killer), and opening with some powerful moments, Cruising soon drifts into bloody Village People-type caricature, with Pacino overplaying his nameless angst as the script patently refuses to tackle the central issue - its hero's sexual ambivalence. The structure continues to loosen, and although Friedkin - like Coppola - has always had difficulty with endings, this one is so arbitrary it's as if he just gave up.
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Release details

UK release:

1980

Duration:

106 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

William Friedkin

Cast:

Don Scardino, Richard Cox, Karen Allen, Paul Sorvino, Al Pacino, Joe Spinell

Music:

Jack Nitzsche

Production Designer:

Bruce Weintraub

Editor:

Bud Smith

Cinematography:

James A Contner

Screenwriter:

William Friedkin

Producer:

Jerry Weintraub

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godfrey hamilton

I assume the 'DP' credited above is erstwhile TO critic David Pirie, whose A Heritage of Horror was and still is an indispensable overview of UK's horror tradition(s) - not true alas of the 'updated' version, so full of mistakes and typos it's unreadable. But I digress. 'DP' got it wrong with this movie, as the frequent re-evaluations attest. It really is a cracker of a film, anchored by Pacino's fearless, bravura performance, and although the movie's exploration of gender anxiety and urban identity cried out for Cammell & Roeg, it still works as a smashing neo-noir urban gothic horror story. And it isn't a 'gay' movie (whatever that may mean) as much as a fetish movie. Whatever THAT may mean. It certainly rewards another viewing. Or two.

godfrey hamilton

I assume the 'DP' credited above is erstwhile TO critic David Pirie, whose A Heritage of Horror was and still is an indispensable overview of UK's horror tradition(s) - not true alas of the 'updated' version, so full of mistakes and typos it's unreadable. But I digress. 'DP' got it wrong with this movie, as the frequent re-evaluations attest. It really is a cracker of a film, anchored by Pacino's fearless, bravura performance, and although the movie's exploration of gender anxiety and urban identity cried out for Cammell & Roeg, it still works as a smashing neo-noir urban gothic horror story. And it isn't a 'gay' movie (whatever that may mean) as much as a fetish movie. Whatever THAT may mean. It certainly rewards another viewing. Or two.

HaroldHaze

One of the most underrated films of the 80's, "Cruising" certainly deserves a second look. With its precise examination of a subculture, its haunting use of lighting, music & sound, and the subtle, transcendent manipulation of film noir flourishes, this is a work that stands as a major achievement from director William Friedkin.

HaroldHaze

One of the most underrated films of the 80's, "Cruising" certainly deserves a second look. With its precise examination of a subculture, its haunting use of lighting, music & sound, and the subtle, transcendent manipulation of film noir flourishes, this is a work that stands as a major achievement from director William Friedkin.

HaroldHaze

One of the most underrated films of the 80's, "Cruising" certainly deserves a second look. With its precise examination of a subculture, its haunting use of lighting, music & sound, and the subtle, transcendent manipulation of film noir flourishes, this is a work stands as a major achievement from director William Friedkin.

HaroldHaze

One of the most underrated films of the 80's, "Cruising" certainly deserves a second look. With its precise examination of a subculture, its haunting use of lighting, music & sound, and the subtle, transcendent manipulation of film noir flourishes, this is a work stands as a major achievement from director William Friedkin.