Jerry Weintraub on Producing the Film 'Cruising'

As he prepares to release 41, an HBO documentary on George H. W. Bush, the producer and concert promoter remembers a film he risked his life to make
Illustration by Jimmy Turrell

I went out to dinner one evening around 1975 with director Billy Friedkin, who had done The French Connection and The Exorcist. Billy asked what projects I had in the works. I told him I had one book in my drawer but I didn’t really want to make the movie. He asked what it was, and I said Cruising.

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