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Cruising

Al Pacino , Paul Sorvino , William Friedkin    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars What's all the fuss about? Aug. 30 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
This movie is not bad. If you are offended by Will & Grace, or semi-grisly thrillers than it just isn't for you.
It IS a pretty good thriller. As far as the gay controversy goes ... admit it guys... been there done that! Remember the Mineshaft and the Piers...or are you trying to forget! No, the whole gay community is not like that, but a enough was. Did you see picketers at Summer of Sam over Plato's Retreat?
Anyway ... not a bad thriller.
By the way .. sleaziest bits (not for the homophobic or queezy) Do an occassional freeze frame during the controverisial scenes ... Friedkin edited in REAL hard-core gay porn ... how the censors missed this one!
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Cruising" is not all that bad July 24 1999
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While this film was extremely controversial and a complete critical failure when released in 1980, it would be recognized today as a very brave and adventurous film. After hearing so much about it, I had to see it, and it wasn't all that bad. The script is not that great, and the film's depiction of homosexuals is offensive and offputting, but Pacino and Sorvino turn in fairly solid performances. The film has a dark, gritty feel to it, which adds to the eerie feel of the production. Trust me, there's worse films out there. "Armageddon," for example.
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It's not hard to tell that Cruising is from the director of The French Connection and The Exorcist. On the French Connection side of the cinematic coin, Cruising has the same documentary like and gritty, urban noir texture. On the other it has The Exorcist's blunt edged shock tactics, shoving unsettling imagery in the viewers face at every opportunity to do so.
Body parts are found in the rivers around NYC while a serial killer is hacking up men that frequent hardcore S&M gay leather bars. Desperate to close two unsavory cases (and not caring whether they are truly linked or not) top cop Paul Sorvino sends in rookie Al Pacino (who fits the victim profile) to lure the killer out of the shadows. The case seems to have an effect on Pacino's character, but director William Friedkin is far too objective, letting the unsavory events unfold without allowing the viewer to become emotionally involved in them, so it all seems shock for shock's sake. This movie was extremely controverisal when first released and (judging from the polarized reviews here) still packs a powerful and unnerving punch. Recommended for those that want a dark and disturbing ride.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BROTHERS GRIM AND ......... GRIMER........ Feb. 28 2002
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A BRILLIANT vison by William Friedkin, equally enhanced by Al Pacino's naive cop on the beat, searching for an eluisive and brutal serial killer amidst the shadows of New York's 'alternate life styles' circa 1980. This much maligned movie is one of Mr. Friedkin's finest excursions into forbidden territory.
CAUSED quite a stir in pre-release; a disclaimer had to be added, BUT for that matter it could have been set in ANY 'world', although this one did mannage to jolt a few times ....
Yes, Pacino is the naive cop - slowly awakening to 'other' potentials in this cold-hearted world of the beautiful people. It's a strange trip, you never quite know who you might bump into along the way - straight or gay - it seems to be open season, as for 'casual sex' beware! BUT that was back then.....
NOT too explicit for its time - the editing is flawless [the opening seduction scene, the graphic, yet 'non-graphic' sex, [SUPERB EDITING] then the subsequent murder - somewhat reprised in Verhoven's 'Basic Instinct' - also caused quite a fuss - and a companion piece to this one].
The story falls apart when we find 'our killer' or is this intentional? Now, does the focus fall on Pacino and his girlfriend - Karen Allen - totally oblivious of her lover's change [maybe?] Wonderful and scary moment when Pacino is making love to Allen - proving ........?
AND the conclusion? All Studs and leather .....
BUT it's all quite tame, remember all of this is set pre-cybersex.
Would be fascinating to re-visit this theme along the computer-chip route.
Highly recommended for the uninitiated - but be warned - it can be quite a bumpy ride!
[PS - GREAT Soundtrack too!]
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2.0 out of 5 stars What was Al Thinking ? Jan. 19 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I saw a profile of Al Pacino on the Biography channel recently and those who were close to him said that in the late 1970's Pacino was anxious to make a movie that was uncommercial and controversial. This he succeded in doing with "Cruising." Unfortunately, it is not only uncommercial and controversial - it is bad. Somehow I can't get past the idea of Michael Corleone playing a leather daddy - and Pacino's near-afro hairstyle in this movie is but one more of the implausible twists. The gay community was outraged at their portrayal in this film - as well they should be. Gay men are seen as sick, demented, sex-crazed maniacs and Director William Freidkin gives us way too much information, including the hidden meanings of various colored bandana's (I've never wore one at the gym since) and a scene that depicts "fisting" (ouch!) Al Pacino's performance, given like he is under hypnosis, does'nt help the uninspiring script and I had trouble figuring out "who done it." After watching this violent, homophobic mess, I felt dirty and disgusted.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Huh? What happened? May 22 2001
Format:VHS Tape
It is really bizarre watch one of the Corleones playing a leather daddy - but that's just what Pacino does (has he ever played any other part in all the films he's made?). But what is more bizarre is that this film was ever green lighted. It is based on a book that had to have been better than the tripe here. I've seen this movie several times; each time hoping that I will actually be able to figure out "who done it". Friedkin, who is typically an excellent director, leaves the ending open for question (in my opinion) and as such confuses the viewer. I have read that Friedkin did this on purpose, but I don't know why. When I want to watch a mystery film, I expect to have some resolution at the end. This films doesn't provide me with that satisfaction.
Further, this is a VERY violent and repugnant film, depicting a small segment of the gay community, but the casual viewer isn't aware of that fact. It's a dark, depressing, and angry film that seems to not know what it wants to say or how to say it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very underrated movie
This is one of Friedkin's best and probably most controversial movie(because of its depiction of the underground gay society in the 70s). Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2008 by Terence Tan Co
4.0 out of 5 stars Underated film
I first heard about cruising when I was watching a documentary on Al Pacino and I couldn't belive that I had never heard of it. Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by Danny Draper
5.0 out of 5 stars Cruisin
I really liked this movie.My brother has it on vhs. I have all of Al Pacino's DVD's and would like to own this movie as well. Please release this one on DVD-I do not buy VHS. Read more
Published on Feb. 29 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars It's not supposed to be a documentary.
It's hard to tell what William Friedkin is driving at in this grim tour of New York City's leathers bars. Read more
Published on May 3 2003 by Cody
3.0 out of 5 stars A Moody Curiosity
Ultimately, this film generated far more controversy than it deserved. Let's face it, there are a lot of people, gay men included, into the S&M/leather subculture. Read more
Published on April 7 2003 by DonMac
4.0 out of 5 stars This review for Adults Only! Subliminal footage of male...
THIS REVIEW IS FOR ADULTS ONLY! In the rape scene there are two quick subliminal shots after the killer with mirror glasses say "You made me do that!". Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2003 by James McDonald
2.0 out of 5 stars An atomic career bomb for Friedkin
Simply stated, Cruising looks like a serious career-killer for any filmmaker or actor. Try to imagine a major American director pulling this off today. Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2002 by N. P. Stathoulopoulos
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing (but entertaining) film
After watching "The Celluloid Closet" I had to see this controversial film for myself. It was controversial because of the depiction of the leather/s&m aspect of gay life, but I... Read more
Published on May 19 2002 by Heather Mickler
4.0 out of 5 stars An Weird, Unusual Suspense Thriller.
An Undercover Cop (Oscar-Winner:Al Pacino), who Must Investigate the Underground Gay S&M Scene to Trap a Brutal Serial Killer. Read more
Published on April 17 2002 by Christian Pelchat
1.0 out of 5 stars Simply Bad
This film has been attacked alot by gays and deservidly so. It does an effective job of making it seem that every gay man in America dresses in black leather and spends all his... Read more
Published on May 22 2001 by MalachiX
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