Directors: William Friedkin
Countries: USA,West Germany
Cast: Steve Burns: Al Pacino; Dr. Rifkin: Barton Heyman; DaVinci: Gene Davis; Capt. Edelson: Paul Sorvino; Skip Lee: Jay Acovone; Loren Lukas: Arnaldo Santana; Nancy: Karen Allen; Det. Blasio: Sonny Grosso; Patrolman DiSimone: Joe Spinell; Stuart Richards: Richard Cox; Ted Bailey: Don Scardino; Det. Lefransky: Randy Jurgensen; Eric Rossman: Larry Atlas; Chief of Detectives: Allan Miller; Det. Schreiber: Ed O’Neill
Taglines: Al Pacino is Cruising for a killer.
Storyline: Cruising is the fictional account of a series of gruesome killings in modern day New York City. Steve Burns, a “beat” officer still wet behind the ears, is recruited by Captain Edelson of the NYPD Homicide Unit to go undercover in search of the perpetrator. The victims in these killings are all homosexual men known to frequent “Leather,” S&M (Sadism and Masochism), and B&D (Bondage and Dominance) clubs so Burns, in “deep cover,” must mascarade as gay in order to attract the killer. He fits the victims’ profiles: dark hair, dark complexion, dark eyes. Cruising tells the story of his adventures and misadventures in this small subculture of gay society as he searches for the killer.