Monday, January 7, 2013


1980 American Feature

Cast: Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen, Richard Cox, Don Scardino, Edward O'Neill, James Remar, Keith Prentice and Powers Boothe
Writer/Director: William Friedkin, based on the novel by Gerald Walker

A New York City police officer goes undercover in the gay leather/S&M bar scene to track down a serial killer targeting gay men.


  • Internet Movie Database: 6.2 /10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 59% / Audience: 49 %
  • OMG rating: 6/10

  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • A series of real murders of homosexual men that took place between 1962 and 1979 in New York City was the basis for New York Times reporter Gerald Walker's 1970 novel Cruising, which this film is loosely based on.
  • In the late 1970s, Brian De Palma wrote a screenplay based on Gerald Walker's Cruising, but was unable to obtain the rights to the material. Cruising was subsequently adapted and directed by William Friedkin, while De Palma fashioned some of the elements from his own Cruising screenplay into Dressed to Kill. Both films were released, to great controversy (and after numerous battles with the MPAA to avoid X ratings), in 1980.
  • Potential Director: Steven Spielberg.
  • Casting Call: Richard Gere.
  • During the making of the film, the production was protested by members of the New York gay community due to the violent nature of the story. Two of the gay bars featured in the film — Mine Shaft and Eagle's Nest — eventually barred William Friedkin from filming in their establishments.
  • Originally rated X, William Friedkin states that over 40 minutes of graphic sexual content was cut from the film in order to obtain an R-rating from the Motion Picture Association of America.
  • The film begins with the disclaimer: "This film is not intended as an indictment of the homosexual world. It is set in one small segment of that world, which is not meant to be representative of the whole.
  • Director William Friedkin infamously intercut a few frames of gay pornography into the first murder scene.

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