High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Cruising is a 1980 film directed by William Friedkin and starring Al Pacino. The film is loosely based on the novel of the same name by New York Times reporter Gerald Walker, about a New York City serial killer targeting gay men in the 1970s, in particular those associated with the S&M scene. Today, Cruising is owned by Warner Bros. Pictures. Poorly reviewed by critics, Cruising was a modest financial success, though the filming and promotion were dogged by gay rights protesters. In New York City during the middle of a hot summer, body parts of men are showing up in the Hudson River. Police think it is the work of a serial killer who is picking up homosexual men at West Village bars like The Eagle's Nest, The Ramrod and The Cock Pit and then taking them to cheap rooming houses or motels and stabbing them to death after tying them up. Officer Steve Burns is sent deep undercover to the urban world of gay S&M Leather bars in the Meatpacking District of the West Village in order to track down the killer. He rents an apartment in the area and befriends a neighbour, Ted Bailey a young openly gay struggling playwright.