Filmfest 2007

15 years after its original release, CRUISING can at last be viewed as a piece of film making. The picture has to stand as one of the most original thrillers of the 1980s. It's a lurid, twisted film that brings you into its world and completely works you over. It exists on a level far above a regulation slasher, thanks to its bizarre, one-of-a-kind setting and Friedkin's impassioned direction... The first killing, presented from the likable victim's point of view, is agonizing to watch. CRUISING created an uproar as it was being filmed in New York, and turned out to be the only mainstream Hollywood film to use the gay S&M underworld as a backdrop. In the film, this is an environment rife with menace and possibility, an aggressive, animalistic world completely divorced from the female principle. It's into this world that straight, nice-guy cop Al Pacino goes undercover – a straight man trying to pass as gay. He plays a man on the other side of the looking glass trying to hang on to his identity while concealing it from the world... the main source of interest isn't in the cop- and-killer angle, but in the hero‘s mental state. Mick La Salle, San Francisco Chronicle, May 12, 1995

tags: Feature film

Cast: Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen, Richard Cox, Don Scardino


Director: William Friedkin