Cruising (Friedkin, 1980)
Nighthawks meets Driller Killer meets The Warriors meets Tom of Finland.
For a mainstream release this movie - written and directed by William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist) and starring Al Pacino (The Godfather I and II, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon) - is clunky, miscast, incoherent, bizarre, yet strangely compelling.
During filming there were protests by activists decrying the representation of gay, urban subculture in the film. However, placards announcing 'Plot Holes! Plot Holes!' and 'Suspend My Disbelief Now!' would have been far more appropriate.
This said, it made around $20 million at the box office at the time of its release - which is around $59 million in today's money - so what do I know?
- Pacino's height
- The 'turn-taking' dialogue scenes
- The audio dubbing
- Pacino and Karen Allen's 'relationship'
- Powers Boothe's bit-part as a handkerchief expert
- Paul Sorvino practising pool while not practising pool
- The huge, half-naked black guy's sudden, inexplicable entrance, slap and exit during the police interrogation scene
- The medieval 'fisting' scene
- Pacino dancing on poppers
- The serial killer's 'psychological motivation'
- The, erm, 'mysterious' ending