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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.

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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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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was often criticized for being the comedic flipside of William Freidkin's Cruising (1980). James Remar appeared in both. See more »

Goofs

During quick close-up of newspaper when female photographer reads story headlined MALE MODEL SLAIN, the article has nothing to do with murder and is just a jumble of meaningless sentences. 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

Love On A Two Way Street
Written by Sylvia Robinson and Bert Keyes (as S. Robinson & B. Keyes)
Performed by Stacy Lattisaw
Courtesy of Cotillion Records
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Unfunny gay comedy
6 July 2002 | by RrrobertSee all my reviews

Eccentric misfire comedy about a macho cop teamed with a meek desk-bound police officer and sent undercover as a gay couple to find the murderer of gay male models. O'Neal's subsequent appearance in full leathers while Hurt's character fusses around the apartment in pink T-shirt and cargo pants provides endless mirth.

Fans of O'Neal's manly physique will not be disappointed, but the coy jokes built on his character's awkwardness at being thrust into the gay scene are weak, puerile, and are not very funny. The murder mystery aspect of the plot is the best thing about the film but it is constantly undermined by the film's habit of switching back into comedy mode whenever the suspense starts the build. And then as if that isn't bad enough, they slot in some cute and thoughtful scenes just to show us that O'Neal's character really is a caring guy after all. Then, despite the fact we have already met his girlfriend, he is straight to bed with whatever woman happens to cross his path.

The general story is also quite sloppy. Characters are introduced to the audience, and then they disappear having fulfilled no greater function than to be the butt of some unfunny joke. Characters such as the effeminate motel owner, Benson's original girlfriend, and the caftan-wearing landlord are given big introductions and then disappear.

What is amazing is that this "snigger at the gays" comedy was produced in 1982! (Australian TV soap operas like 'Number 96', 'The Box', 'Prisoner' had been filled with positive gay and lesbian characters in the *preceding* decade.) It seems more like something from the sixties. Not even interesting as a historical artifact. Avoid.


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