Cruising ★★★★

I went into this expecting a grimey whodunnit thriller, but instead I discovered an introspective depiction of a cop in a battle for his soul. William Friedkin holds a mirror up to the entire police force and reveals that, behind closed doors, cops enjoy the same pleasures as the very culture of people they terrorize out on the street. Al Pacino is mesmerizing and the ending is so unexpected it only enriches the mystery in a way that is long lasting and feels like a knife to the stomach.

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