Cruising

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Released 1980

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Director:
William Friedkin
Released:
1980
Rating:
R
Cruising is a thriller film written and directed by William Friedkin. The film, released in 1980, is based on the book by Gerald Walker. In New York, in a summer heat, body parts start rising to the surface of the Hudson River, leading detectives to believe there is a serial killer on the loose in New York. Police suspect that a homophobic male is luring gay men out of the local bars for S&M encounters and then using bondage as a means to gain a physical advantage over them to make slaying them easier. Officer Steve Burns (Al Pacino) is sent in undercover to track down the killer. He moves into an apartment in the Meatpacking district, where he is almost completely isolated from his department. He gains entrance in the gay community by befriending neighbor and struggling artist Ted Bailey (Don Scardino). Steve must find the killer and return to his life before anyone else dies or his relationship with his long term girlfriend, Nancy (Karen Allen), is completely destroyed. Much of the movie was filmed on location in local gay bars like the Eagle's Nest, the Ramrod and the Cock Pit.moreless
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    Thrillers, Crime