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824 Ratings


Directed by William Friedkin
United States, 1980
Crime, Thriller, Gay & Lesbian


A police detective goes undercover in the sleazy and underground gay subculture of New York City to catch a serial killer who is murdering numerous gay men with S&M tactics.

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Cruising Directed by William Friedkin

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival


São Paulo International Film Festival


What are people saying?

  • Marcus Killerby's rating of the film Cruising

    Here's the thing about Friedkin. He is, quite simply, the greatest. Or at the very least one of the greatest. And Cruising is one of his very best films. An understated but very effective performance from Pacino coupled with some bizarre surreal sequences and profoundly affecting violence, as well as being bathed in that denim blue light that Friedkin so often employs. Influences from Giallo are clear. 5 stars

  • Matt Burgess's rating of the film Cruising

    Gritty, 'NYC-as-hell' thriller. This is not so much about gay culture (I WISH gay clubs played punk music and looked this fucking hot and dark) but about men/masculinity in general, almost like a queer 'Fight Club'. It is only ruined by a lame ending that would work if they had the balls to have Pacino get 'nasty' rather than just walk around as a sexless voyeur. Still all the leather and sleazy vibes are pretty hot.

  • Igor Ramos's rating of the film Cruising

    Tiny Pacino does the best he can with a leading character that lacks development: he was undercover for the job and for the audience, since I couldn't perceive whether he was genuinely disgusted or secretly tempted by what he saw cruising the hardcore gay underworld of NY city. The killer could have been more interesting too. However, jockstraps, leather clothes, sweat and deaths were enough to keep me entertained.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Cruising

    I think that at the time it was difficult not to see this as a representation of gay culture, because there weren't many balanced portrayals out there. Now it's easier to see it for what it was, which was just one aspect of the culture. This was back when Pacino was still an actor, and his performance is very nuanced.

  • Checkpoint Charlie's rating of the film Cruising

    Not a bad film - Friedkin's direction is great, Pacino really displays his character's discomfort as well as his own, the inspection of the homosexual S&M scene is rather dark though not stereotypical of practices that are within such groups - but it just felt like something was missing here and there.

  • Sean Patrick Stevens's rating of the film Cruising

    This is an interesting failure- the killer is not very interesting when he is unmasked. If Pacino's character had been more than just a voyeur this would have been great (I'd love to see the missing footage from this!) but it's still a great Pacino performance.

  • CarlosEsquives's rating of the film Cruising

    Por encima de un filme detectivesco, "A la caza" es un filme sobre un detective descubriendo una nueva personalidad, una nueva vida, una nueva sexualidad. Friedkin es sugerente al momento de ir empujando a su protagonista a ese lado sórdido aunque provocador. La ley sin embargo parece siempre estar a la merced de ese circuito. Hay una dura crítica a la autoridad desde sus entrañas. Al Pacino en un magnífico papel.

  • charles f stewart's rating of the film Cruising

    One of the strangest films I've ever seen. Soundtrack is awesome, cinematography is pretty solid too. Story is a little whack, but it's also about serial killers and leather s&m bars. So you can't really blame Friedkin for being crazy.