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Partners (1982)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 30 April 1982 (USA)
A straight police detective is unnerved when ordered to go undercover with a gay police clerk, as a couple, to solve a series of murders in the gay community.

Director:

James Burrows

Writer:

Francis Veber
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan O'Neal ... Sgt. Benson
John Hurt ... Kerwin
Kenneth McMillan ... Chief Wilkins
Robyn Douglass ... Jill
Jay Robinson ... Halderstam
Denise Galik ... Clara
Joseph R. Sicari ... Walter
Michael McGuire ... Monroe
Rick Jason ... Douglas
James Remar ... Edward K. Petersen
Jennifer Ashley Jennifer Ashley ... Secretary
Darrell Larson ... Al
Tony March Tony March ... Aide #2
Seamon Glass Seamon Glass ... Gillis
Steven Reisch Steven Reisch ... Counter Boy
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Storyline

Sergeant Benson (Ryan O'Neal) is a Police detective. After a series of murders in the gay community he is ordered to go undercover with a gay Police clerk named Kerwin (Sir John Hurt) as his partner. In order to be noticed, they have to be flamboyant enough to attract attention, which Benson finds rather disturbing. Can an uptight heterosexual and a mousey homosexual form a meaningful relationship? Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

Benson is a cop who wants to clean up the streets...His partner just wants to redecorate. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Algo más que colegas See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,318,801, 2 May 1982

Gross USA:

$6,062,898

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,062,898
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was a twist on the American buddy movie, by adding a homosexual theme, and was frequently described as a gay The Odd Couple (1968). This reference was even made in some of the movie's taglines, which read "The oddest team on the squad". See more »

Goofs

Pull-down blinds in the photographer's darkroom aren't anywhere close to being able to shut out the light that would ruin film she was developing. See more »

Quotes

Kerwin: Have you got anything you can change into?
Benson: Why?
Kerwin: So you look sexy! Well, I mean, you're all we've got!
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Soundtracks

Call Me
Lyrics by Debbie Harry and music by Giorgio Moroder
Performed by Blondie
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records
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ANTI-Gay??? Ridiculous!!!
13 August 2005 | by hokeybuttSee all my reviews

PARTNERS (3+ outta 5 stars) Very funny movie... I guess you could basically call it the situation comedy version of "Cruising". In the Al Pacino role of the reluctant undercover cop who has to pretend to be gay is Ryan O'Neal. He is teamed up with Kerwin, an actual gay man (John Hurt) who will help them gain legitimacy as they move into LA's gay community to search for a killer. O'Neal does a nice, light comedy job (and even gets to show off some naked tush) but Hurt really gives this movie some heart as it becomes more and more obvious that he is starting to have tender feelings for his hetero partner. For the life of me I can't understand how people have gotten the idea that this is an ANTI-gay movie? Sure, some the attitudes towards homosexuals and the jokes directed at them are offensive at times... but the movie makes it clear that the people making those remarks are in the wrong! The film's sympathies are definitely with Hurt and not with the gay-bashing cops and their snide comments. As a police story or a mystery the movie is only so-so... but as a smile-inducing buddy movie it hits the bullseye. Scripted and produced by Francis Veber, who created "La Cage Aux Folles" and many other similarly-themed movies in France. The direction might be a little crude and uninspired, but the movie's heart is in the right place.


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