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102 min
Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller
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William Friedkin
4 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1980-02-15
Filming Locations: 140 Claremont Avenue, Manhattan, New York, USA
Gross: $19,798,718 (USA) (31 December 1995)
Al Pacino
Steve Burns
Paul Sorvino
Capt. Edelson
Karen Allen
Richard Cox
Stuart Richards
Don Scardino
Ted Bailey
Joe Spinell
Patrolman DiSimone
Jay Acovone
Skip Lee
Randy Jurgensen
Det. Lefransky
Barton Heyman
Dr. Rifkin
Gene Davis
Arnaldo Santana
Loren Lukas
Larry Atlas
Eric Rossman
Allan Miller
Chief of Detectives
Sonny Grosso
Det. Blasio
Ed O'Neill
Det. Schreiber (as Edward O'Neil)
Michael Aronin
Det. Davis
James Remar
William Russ
Paul Gaines
Mike Starr
Patrolman Desher
Steve Inwood
Keith Prentice
Leland Starnes
Jack Richards
Robert Pope
DaVinci's Friend
Leo Burmester
Water Sport
Bruce Levine
Charles Dunlap
Three Card Monte
Powers Boothe
Hankie Salesman
James Sutorius
Jack (voice)
Richard Jamieson
Jimmie Ray Weeks
Seller (as James Ray Weeks)
David Winnie Hayes
Carmine Stippo
Bartender (as Carmine Stipo)
James Hayden
Cockpit Coke Man (scenes deleted)
Todd Winters
Tugboat Mate
Robert Carnegie
Sylvia Gassel
(as Sylvia Gassell)
Dennis Shea
Henry Judd Baker
Tough Cop
Larry Silvestri
Kevin Johnson
Lawrence Lust
Louie Grenier
Penny Gumeny
Burr DeBenning
Ray Vitte
Mike Barbera
Joseph Catucci
Robert Dugan
(as Robert Duggan)
Dan Sturkie
Kirsten Baker
Jogger (uncredited)
Christian Daugherty
Hustler #2 (uncredited)
Mark Stern
Cockpit Patron (uncredited)
Tieg Thomas
Bartender (uncredited)
Did you know?
The LA punk band The Germs recorded five or so songs expressly for the soundtrack to this movie, although in the actual event, only "Lion's Share" was actually used. During the recording sessions, director William Friedkin was so energized by the Germs' playing that he took to doing the "pogo" dance around the engineer's booth.
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During murder scene in a room at the St. James Hotel where a man is stabbed to death on a bed, director William Friedkin edited in several near-subliminal frames from a gay hardcore movie that can clearly be seen in slow motion on DVD.
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James A. Contner's first job as a director of photography. William Friedkin gave him the opportunity after having been impressed with his work as a camera operator.
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The medical examiner discusses the serrations in the wounds of a murder victim but the killer did not use a serrated knife on him.
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The close up of the last body, you can clearly see his heartbeat in his neck for a few seconds.
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Just before the first murder happens you can see the blood tube for a few moments as the first stabs are going into his back.
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Stuart Richards: You made me do that.
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Steve Burns: Hips or lips?
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Nancy Gates: Why don't you want me anymore?
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What's the deal with the big black guy in the jock during the interrogation scene?
During a Q&A at a screening of the film in Los Angeles, the film's editor Bud Smith claimed that this scene came out of technical advisor Randy Jurgenson's recollections of interrogation techniques that were actually used by the NYC police department precisely because they would appear absurd in any subsequent complaints about police brutality.
At the end of the movie, right after Capt. Edelson is in the murdered neighbor's apartment, we are shown from behind a tall guy in leather of similar appearance to the killer heading into a gay bar. What was that scene all about?
The movie's director felt that in the real case the movie is based upon that there was in fact more than one killer. This scene is meant to suggest that.
What ever happened with the two cops at the begining of the movie who were hassling the male prostitutes?
They show up again at the end of the movie when Capt. Edelson comes to view the murdered red haired neighbor's apartment. One guy is seen in the hallway taking a statement and the other is the guy telling Capt. Edelson about the crime scene.You can tell Capt. Edelson makes the connection (remember the male prositute told him what the cops made him do at the begining of the movie) when he takes a hard look at the guy's name tag and says "DiSimone, sixth precinct," which is answered with a "yes sir." He doesn't say anything more beyond that on the matter.DiSimone is also seen at the club during the scene right before Pacino's character meets up with Edelson to collect money.
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Photos from cast
Linda Gary