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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.

By: DP

Release details

Rated: R
Duration: 102 mins

Cast and crew

Director: William Friedkin
Screenwriter: William Friedkin
Cast: Al Pacino
Paul Sorvino
Karen Allen
Richard Cox
Don Scardino
Joe Spinell
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