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Cruising Details


New York City detective Steve Burns Al Pacino receives orders from Captain Edelson Paul Sorvino 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
James Sutorius
as Jack
Joe Spinell
as Patrolman DiSimone
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
Penny Gumeny
William Russ
as Paul Gaines
Leo Burmeister
as Water Sport
Ray Vitte
Dan Sturkie
Leland Starnes
as Jack Richards
Linda Gary
Larry Silvestri
Larry Atlas
as Eric Rossman
Steve Inwood
as Martino
Richard Jamison
Henry Judd Baker
Powers Boothe
as Hankie Salesman
Ed O'Neill
as Det. Schreiber
James Remar
as Gregory
Mike Starr
as Patrolman Desher
Jimmie Ray Weeks
as Seller
Michael Aronin
as Detective Davis


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