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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare NYC 1980's Gay Footage
This film is worth it just for the fact that there is hardly any film, except for the film OUTRAGEOUS!, that shows what gay NY looked like then, that is before they tore everything down, outlawed sex, and turned it into DISNEYLAND-ugh!
Published on Aug. 30 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars What's all the fuss about?
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars What's all the fuss about?, Aug. 30 1999
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This review is from: Cruising (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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5.0 out of 5 stars Rare NYC 1980's Gay Footage, Aug. 30 1999
By A Customer
This review is from: Cruising (VHS Tape)
This film is worth it just for the fact that there is hardly any film, except for the film OUTRAGEOUS!, that shows what gay NY looked like then, that is before they tore everything down, outlawed sex, and turned it into DISNEYLAND-ugh!
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Cruising" is not all that bad, July 24 1999
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This review is from: Cruising (VHS Tape)
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing (but entertaining) film, May 19 2002
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Heather Mickler (Auburn, Alabama USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Cruising (VHS Tape)
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 don't think the makers of the film meant this depiction to represent all gay life. In fact, there is a disclaimer that says just that. And, the film has a positive gay character, the writer Pacino's character befriends. Granted, he is brutally murdered by the end of the film (sorry to ruin that for you).
Controversy aside, I enjoyed this film because it was gritty (I like gritty) and because of its depiction of the transformation of a (seemingly) straight cop (Pacino) who, while undercover in the gay community trying to catch a murderer, finds himself questioning the sexuality he thought he was so certain of.
I like that the film dares to suggest that there are hidden impulses inside all people, and that the most macho heterosexual can find himself attracted to another man.
Granted, I can see why the film caused such an uproar, but I don't condemn it.
I would recommend the film to viewers who want to see a thought-provoking, original film. Also, I want to see the director's cut. When will it be out? The film so obviously was massacred by a fearful editor, but I am still amazed the film (with its homosexual content) was released in 1980.
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1.0 out of 5 stars LAME, TAME, Oct. 21 2000
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R. Penola (NYC, NY United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Cruising (VHS Tape)
William Friedkin knows his way around a good thriller -- he made The Exorcist, after all, arguably the most potent, effective, garishly horrific thriller of all time. This movie, for all of its subliminal and outdated anti-gay sentiment, is so badly written and acted that in the end, it is full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. It is one of those movies where the repugnant killings and dark, smoky, dangerous posturings come with no thrill, making them not only repugnant, but completely uninvolving. The ending is unintentionally hilarious. On the political side, it is no wonder, with propaganda like this, homosexuality got a bad rap in the 70s/early 80s...this movie portrays all of its many gay characters as pathetic vampire-ish creatures who live for the night and for dark, torturous encounters in hideously lit bars and back alleys. Yuck.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very underrated movie, Feb. 5 2008
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Terence Tan Co "tetsuo79" (Vancouver) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Cruising (DVD)
This is one of Friedkin's best and probably most controversial movie(because of its depiction of the underground gay society in the 70s).

The story is deep and Friendkin's commentary sheds light to many vague areas of the movie. Also excellent is his commentary on how the movie was made which was very very very interesting and entertaining(especially on how Friedkin researched the movie by actually going to a Gay Leather Bar and dressing up in jocks, fortunately nobody hit on him...).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Underated film, July 6 2004
This review is from: Cruising (VHS Tape)
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. The film looked very Dark and I couldn't wait to see it. I waited six whole months to see when eventually I spent twelve pounds to watch it on filmfour. I taped it so I could watch it again. I was stunned at how much people didn't like the film. The film was a very interesting study of the gay underworld and Pacino's performance as a gay undercover cop was great. Although it does have some unexplained parts. Like the part where the naked cop is slapping Pacino and a killer suspect. I've watched the film many times and I still can't work out the ending. The only thing I can think of is that Pacino is the killer.
Overall it was a great film with a few confusing moments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cruisin, Feb. 29 2004
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This review is from: Cruising (VHS Tape)
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. As each movie comes out on DVD of Al's-I buy it. I wait until it comes out on DVD.Please release it!
Thanks. I am a big fan of AL PACINO!
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2.0 out of 5 stars It's not supposed to be a documentary., May 3 2003
This review is from: Cruising (VHS Tape)
It's hard to tell what William Friedkin is driving at in this grim tour of New York City's leathers bars. Al Pacino plays a detective who infiltrates this fringe of the homosexual world to flush out a killer, and whose own sexual identity becomes blurred in the process. It starts out strong but ultimately is too confusing and clichéd to be called "good."
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Moody Curiosity, April 7 2003
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DonMac "butchm" (Lynn, MA United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Cruising (VHS Tape)
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. In NYC in this era there were clubs like the Mineshaft and the Anvil where all kinds of public and kinky sex were the rule. All the protests really amounted to was a group leather queens and politicos with their panties in a bunch about misrepresentation and stereotypes and homphobia and violence against gay men and .... okay, got the point.
Actually, it's a gritty, strange, well-acted mystery. Not a great film, but an intersting slice-of-life, period thriller. Was Friedkin being homophobic? I don't really think so. He just wanted to push some buttons and he did.
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