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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sgt. Benson
Chief Wilkins
Robyn Douglass ...
Jay Robinson ...
Edward K. Petersen
Jennifer Ashley ...
Tony March ...
Aide #2
Seamon Glass ...
Steven Reisch ...
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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 <>

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The oddest team on the squad and the funniest cops in America. See more »


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30 April 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Algo más que colegas  »

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The make, model and color of the car the two undercover cops, played by John Hurt and Ryan O'Neal, drove was a black-top pink/lilac/lavender body Volkswagen Beetle convertible . See more »


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 »


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 Debbie 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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