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PrintMidnight Movies


  • 1980
  • Directed By: William Friedkin
  • Rated R
  • Drama
  • 102 Minutes
  1. Friday, November 30, 2012 11:59 p.m.
Still image from the film Cruising
Upon its 1980 release, William Friedkin’s Cruising provoked a firestorm of controversy for its dark and gritty depiction of New York’s underground gay scene. Al Pacino stars as Steve Burns, an undercover cop assigned to attract the attention of an enigmatic serial killer preying on patrons of the underground S&M leather bars. The deeper Burns explores this world, the more he becomes transformed by what he experiences. Initially perceived as homophobic, Friedkin’s haunting masterpiece has been critically reappraised as a provocative meditation on repression, power, and masculinity, and remains one the most audacious films financed by a major studio.
(35mm presentation)