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Cruising Details


New York City detective Steve Burns Al Pacino receives orders from Captain Edelson [[Performer~P66963~Paul Sorvino~paulsorvino]] to solve a series of brutal murders in the gay community. Steve scours the gay bars that caters to same-sex sadomasochism in a desperate attempt to solve the crime. As he infiltrates the scene, he slowly comes loose from the moorings of his own reality, and an innocent victim is tortured by the cops in an effort to exact a confession. The story is based on actual murders that took place between 1962 and 1979. The film gained considerable publicity because of the controversial subject matter while censor argued between an X and R rating for the feature. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

  • Release date:February 8, 1980


Al Pacino
as Steve Burns
Paul Sorvino
as Capt. Edelson
Karen Allen
as Nancy
Richard Cox
as Stuart Richards
Don Scardino
as Ted Bailey
Joe Spinell
as Patrolman DiSimone
James Sutorius
as Jack
Jay Acovone
as Skip Lee
Randy Jurgensen
as Detective Lefransky
Barton Heyman
as Dr. Rifkin
Gene Davis
as Da Vinci
Sonny Grosso
as Detective Blasio
Leo Burmeister
as Water Sport
Ray Vitte
Dan Sturkie
Leland Starnes
as Jack Richards
Ed O'Neill
as Det. Schreiber
Steve Inwood
as Martino
Powers Boothe
as Hankie Salesman
Linda Gary
Penny Gumeny
Michael Aronin
as Detective Davis
Richard Jamison
Jimmie Ray Weeks
as Seller
James Remar
as Gregory
Henry Judd Baker
Larry Silvestri
Larry Atlas
as Eric Rossman
William Russ
as Paul Gaines
Mike Starr
as Patrolman Desher


William Friedkin
Burtt Harris
Jerry Weintraub
William Friedkin
Jack Nitzsche
Composer (Music Score)
Bud Smith
Bruce Weintraub
Production Designer
Edward Pisoni
Art Director
Louis Di Giaimo
Burtt Harris
Production Manager
Gene Engels
James Raitt
Properties Master
James Raitt
Michael Dennison
Costumes Supervisor
Carmine Foresta
Location Manager
Sonny Grosso
Technical Advisor
Donah Bassett
Negative Cutter
Scott Rathner
First Assistant Camera
Sidney Gecker
Script Supervisor
Randy Jurgensen
Technical Advisor
Michael Weintraub
Production Assistant
Gary Muller
First Assistant Camera
John A. Amicarella
Assistant Sound Editor
Rick Franklin
Assistant Sound Editor
Robert Knudson
Re-Recording Mixer
Barry Bedig
Properties Master
Bruno Robotti
Scenic Artist