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Partners (1982)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  30 April 1982 (USA)
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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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Sgt. Benson
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Kerwin
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Chief Wilkins
Robyn Douglass ...
Jill
Jay Robinson ...
Halderstam
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Clara
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Walter
Michael McGuire ...
Monroe
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Douglas
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Edward K. Petersen
Jennifer Ashley ...
Secretary
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Al
Tony March ...
Aide #2
Seamon Glass ...
Gillis
Steven Reisch ...
Counter Boy
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Storyline

Benson 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 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 »

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Comedy | Crime

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30 April 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Algo más que colegas  »

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Trivia

The film was part of a breakthrough cycle of mainstream Hollywood studio movies featuring gay partnerships and drag characters. Others included Making Love (1982), Cruising (1980), Victor Victoria (1982), Tootsie (1982) and Personal Best (1982). 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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Call Me
Lyrics by Deborah Harry and music by Giorgio Moroder
Performed by Blondie
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A Little Information Is Better Than None At All
23 February 2004 | by (America) – See all my reviews

I would like to point out to all the people who felt it necessary to take offence at this movie: It was pretty groundbreaking for the time it was released. Speaking as a lone gay teenager in the Bible Belt, it was very informative to see people such as the "caftan clad landlord" and realize that there were places in the world where men could live together as couples. The landlords story of his relationship was very touching.This movie holds a special place in my heart because it was the FIRST movie that let me know I was not alone in the world. If you are not gay, you don't understand what I am pointing out.If you are gay, and you are that offended at the gay stereotyping in the movie, then you were born in California, New York or somewhere else progressive and should consider yourself fortunate you didn't have to rely on movies such as this one for acceptance.This movie was presented from the point of view of Ryan's character which is to be expected since he was the bigger star at the time.


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