More About Cruising
Perhaps the most controversial film of its time due to its portrayal of homosexuality, the story follows a cop as he enters Manhattan's gay scene in search of a psychotic killer.
Main Cast & Crew
William Friedkin - Director
A sadistic serial killer is targeting New York's gay community and, in response, the NYPD sends rookie cop Steve Burns undercover to find the killer. Burns, who is straight, poses as a homosexual and enters the world of gay S&M sex clubs, learning their rules and mores as he goes along. But as Burns arduously tracks down the murderer, he finds himself growing attracted to these clubs and the gay lifestyle, forcing him to question -- and possibly confront -- his own sexual identity.
At the beginning of the film is a disclaimer: "This film is not intended as an indictment of the homosexual world. It is set in one small segment of that world which is not meant to be representational of the whole." Actor Edward O'Neill who plays Detective Schreiber, went on to achieve fame in television playing Ed Bundy in the sitcom "Married with Children." "Cruising" sparked protests from gay activist groups, who felt that the film depicted gay people in a bad light. Paul Morrissey, the director of such Andy Warhol vehicles as "Trash" and "Heat," was the first filmmaker to express interest in bringing the Gerald Walker novel to the big screen. He had intended to shoot the film in the summer of 1973, but his plans fell through and he made his Frankenstein and Dracula movies instead. Shot in Greenwich Village and New York City. Copyright is held by Lorimar Film and Fernsehproduktion GmbH 1980.
3 stars out of 5 -- "CRUISING has a rare, clammy, heat -- the bleak fever dream of a director fatally hooked on his own lurid, vivid, imagination." - 03/01/2008 Uncut, p.122