Synopsis: A serial killer brutally slays and dismembers several gay men in New York's S&M and leather districts. The young police officer Steve Burns is sent undercover onto the streets as decoy for the murderer. Working almost completely isolated from his department, he has to learn and practice the complex rules and signals of this little society. While barely seeing his girlfriend Nancy anymore, the work starts changing him.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): William Friedkin
Production: Warner Bros.
  5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

Could be his testes are infected,

maybe he had a vasectomy.

What else?

Well, this first wound here,

that's clean...

...which means

he never knew it was coming.

But this one and these, they're defensive,

which means he tried to resist.

So we have a top-to-bottom grouping...

...and from the angle of entry,

I'd say your killer was right-handed.

- This knife is leaving its own fingerprints.

- That's right.

And from the serrations,

the width of the cut, the depth...

...approximately 3 inches

into the flesh...

...l'd say it matches the other killing

pretty close. Close enough.

I know him. Yeah, I know this guy.

He don't come around no more.

He beat some guys

out of some bread.

I know this dude too.

I seen him on the deuce.

He gives the best beatings

like six ways from Sunday.

Didn't you work uptown with him?

Work uptown with him, man? No.

I don't work with nobody.

A john just comes to me

and tells me what he wants.

Have fantasy will travel.

Well, that fellow was seen with

the Columbia professor who got whacked.

And he says that you introduced him.

That's possible. See?

But this guy ain't no killer.

I mean he's a pull-together hustler.

All right.

I gotta talk to you, alone.


I need a favor, man.

These two cops

working out of 6th Precinct...

...they been leaning on me.

Who are they?

I think one guy's name is Simone

or something like that.

The other guy is Jerry something

or whatever.

They're partners.

A couple of real fucking hard-ons.

And dig, they run me

the other night...

...and this guy Simone, he made me

give him head right in his radio car.

Take your foot off the table.

You're full of shit.

- I swear to Christ.

- How do you know they're cops?

Because they're wearing shields

and riding around in a radio car.

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William Friedkin

William Friedkin (born August 29, 1935) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter best known for directing The French Connection in 1971 and The Exorcist in 1973; for the former, he won the Academy Award for Best Director. Some of his other films include Sorcerer, Cruising, To Live and Die in L.A., Jade, Rules of Engagement, The Hunted, Bug, and Killer Joe. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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