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Cruising [DVD] [1980]

Al Pacino , Paul Sorvino , William Friedkin    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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Product Features

  • Commentary from William Friedkin
  • The History of Cruising featurette
  • Exorcising Cruising featurette
  • Trailer

Product details

  • Actors: Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen, Richard Cox, Don Scardino
  • Directors: William Friedkin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Finnish, Danish, Greek, Norwegian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jun 2013
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YEL78Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,407 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

After a series of gay murders in New York, cop Steve Burns (Al Pacino) goes undercover, 'cruising' seedy bars and nightclubs in an attempt to track down the killer. Based on actual murder cases which took place between 1962 and 1979.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cruising For A Bruising 10 Dec 2009
Format:DVD
I first saw "Cruising" on grainy VHS back on a chilly February night in 1998. I was mesmerized by it. Al Pacino was the star of gangster classics like "The Godfather Trilogy" "Carlito's Way" and "Scarface." He was a cool, tough guy. To see him with his permed hair going to gay bars in this movie and letting himself be felt up, tied up and slapped was bizarre.

Now "Cruising" has been released on DVD for the first time. First off, the movie has been remastered and looks like a different film. What was murky or muffled before, now is crystal clear, especially the soundtrack. The songs in the clubs have much more oomph to them than they did before.

Al Pacino plays a cop called Steve Burns who's offered the chance to go undercover in the gay community to catch a serial killer. He agrees and goes under the alias of John Forbes. There are hints that Pacino's character is struggling with his own sexuality despite having a girlfriend (Karen Allen). But it is never really properly addressed in the film.

Sadly, Al Pacino has no involvement whatsoever with this DVD release and there are no interviews or commentaries from him on it. It was a painful experience making it and he brought a firestorm of criticism down on his head by being in it. It was one of three movies in the first half of the 80s that he was lacerated for. "Cruising" was the first one in 1980. It was attacked by gay groups who objected to its depiction of gay life and it was mauled by the critics. The next one was, believe it or not, "Scarface" in 1983. It was attacked by Cuban-Americans for portraying them as criminals and attacked by the critics for not being as good as the 1930s original. Then "Revolution" in 1985 was again savaged by the critics and was a huge box office flop.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable 25 Nov 2006
By PM
Format:VHS Tape
Mesmerising and incredibly brave performance from Al Pacino. On one level, it's a classic 'cop goes under cover to catch a killer' story, on another it raises some disturbing questions about society's attitude to gay men and gay sex, and how gay men themselves act out the hatred dished out to them from parents and society. Real NY fetish clubs and punters were used in the movie and it shows. Although the movie is set very much at the end of the 70s, it is remarkable how little things have changed. Yes, poofs are now acceptable on prime-time TV, as long as no one has to think about them having sex, and certainly not without a condom. Julian Clary almost got crucified for mentioning fisting on TV. This is a great movie. Apparently, Marc Almond's favourite film. The sort of film that gets better and deeper each time you watch it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hard to sort out 27 Jun 2012
By schumann_bg TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I've never known quite what to think about Cruising, but it does exert a certain fascination, I find, much as I dislike dramas about serial killers in general and am not too sure about its presentation of the gay scene. Certainly it caused a lot of controversy at the time, and was felt by gay activists to be anti-gay. Perhaps the more accurate statement would be that it isn't actively pro-gay, but rather uses the milieu and the suggestion of dark, late-night haunts and clubs as a backdrop which is quite convincing. The leather scene had an edge that was quite separate from this, of course, but nevertheless could be harnessed to it to create a mood of life on the edge ... or exploited, depending on your point of view. I don't like the murder sequences, but there are two things I do enjoy in the film: the Al Pacino character, his friendship with his roommate, his energy and potential gayness himself, and the way New York is shown. The camera seems to take in the teeming city with all its visual squalor and splendour quite effortlessly. The energy is common to both, and is really very effective. There is also a role of a drag queen who helps the police with their investigations who is an arresting figure, with very stylish hair(!) and a seen-it-all manner that is quite fascinating. But it's really Pacino's film, and he shines like nowhere else except possibly Dog Day Afternoon, but that film has none of the big-city grandeur of this one!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars strangers in the night... 6 Sep 2010
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For those unfamiliar with the plot, Cruising (based on a book by Gerald Walker) is about a straight cop going undercover in the world of 'heavy leather' - a subculture within New York's gay scene of the 70's/80's. Reluctantly at first, but with increasing curiosity, Pacino's character Steve Burns immerses himself in the milieu - frequenting bars like The Ramrod and the Eagle's Nest, and cruising in Central Park. Burns' quarry is a killer targeting men from precisely this scene.

The film features both Burns' and the killer's point of view. Or perhaps that should be killers', because there is some suggestion of more than one murderer. Indeed, there is a lot of ambiguity in this film, which the director (Friedkin) enhanced by having different actors play the murderer in different scenes - actors who a few scenes earlier were themselves playing victims. All this serves to disorientate the audience.

For some, the point of this film will not be the characters or plot, but rather the sense of atmosphere that the film creates. New York as the 70's gave way to the 80's had a distinctive air of decay and menace, but also of excitement, and this is nicely captured in Cruising. The scenes in Central Park are bathed in emerald green light and take place under bridges and in woodland glades, lending them a strangely fairytale feel.

Pacino rarely gives a bad performance, and this is no exception. He is joined by a mixed bag of fellow actors, some of whom went on to rather less high profile careers.

A highly original, unsettling film - for adults.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Times have changed but some things always remain the same
This film was important when it came out in 1980. We were just before the AIDS pandemic hit the world. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jacques COULARDEAU
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Excellent
First time to see this, recommended by friends. Excellent detective storyline and depiction of the 80s gay scene in the US. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gareth
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed misunderstood masterpiece
Cruising is a divided film that you will either love or hate.
It is not anti homeosexual, it is simply way ahead of its time. Read more
Published 12 months ago by n westwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight vs Gay (Way!)
It is a film about a straight/gay cop undercover to find a serial killer/killers! This film messes with the head in a good way as you will want to watch it again as i have and am... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Neil Horn
5.0 out of 5 stars good film depicting sm gay life in 70-80's before aids became a...
i have seen this film several times before on tv and liked it
it was my era when i when first came to london
Published 19 months ago by Mr. George J. Fogden
1.0 out of 5 stars Cruising
IL dvd pur costosissimo rispetto alla qualità,non è una director's cut,e non aggiunge nulla anche nei pochi extra ,quindi perchè : Deluxe edition? Read more
Published 24 months ago by Max
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting.
A film that is certainly at odds with Al's normal macho roles and defies the typical Italian stereo-type.
Definitely worth a watch.
Published on 16 Nov 2011 by simaz
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film
This is worth the price of admission just for Al Pacino's drugged up dance scene. Pacino has never looked worse on camera - strangely pallid, with a terrible tight perm. Read more
Published on 11 May 2011 by David J. Moseley
5.0 out of 5 stars Cruising - Al Pacino
Excellent, years since I've seen this, tried to get hold of the movie 2years ago, but not available in UK then. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2010 by we need a bigger boat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film and well acted
An insightful look in to the other gay World that sprang up in the 70s and 80s. Not for the faint hearted it is an interesting and thought provoking film about a time that is now... Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2010 by Kian2002
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