On William Friedkin's Cruising

February 23, 2015 10:53 PM

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On William Friedkin's Cruising

In the days when obscure movies could only be found by buying expensive foreign DVD copies on Amazon, or sourcing badly burned bootleg copies at flea markets, I discovered William Freidkin's 1980 film Cruising.

It starred Al Pacino as a undercover cop who goes into New York's (apparently) dangerous and seedy gay underworld -- taken from a script written by Friedkin himself. The film had a storyline outlined on Wikipedia that can only be described as salacious and lurid. The narrative naturally beguiled my ...

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