AL PACINO IS CRUISING FOR A KILLER.
New York cop Steve Burns (Al Pacino) goes undercover in the gay S/M club scene to find whoever’s killing its participants. A hunt for a serial killer that never becomes very suspenseful, that takes turns being laughable and nasty and features an open ending where the possibilities only seem ludicrous. The gay community was outraged at how it was represented on-screen; the concept may certainly have potential, but everybody involved in the movie ends up looking silly.
1980-U.S. 106 min. Color. Written and directed by William Friedkin. Cast: Al Pacino (Steve Burns), Paul Sorvino (Dave Edelson), Karen Allen (Nancy), Richard Cox, Don Scardino, Ed O’Neill… James Remar.
Trivia: Some of the scenes were shot at actual Manhattan gay clubs. Brian De Palma allegedly wanted to make the movie.