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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jay Robinson ...
Edward K. Petersen
Jennifer Ashley ...
Darrell Larson ...
Tony March ...
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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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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


Comedy | Crime


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Release Date:

30 April 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Algo más que colegas  »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,318,801, 2 May 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was written by Francis Veber, who had just recently penned La Cage aux Folles (1978) and La Cage aux Folles II (1980). Veber described this film as "a portrait of two men expanding their horizons." See more »


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Benson: Let me ask you something Sir. Why did you choose me for this job?
Chief Wilkins: Because you're a good cop, Benson, a real good cop. And because of your cute ass.
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Red Light
Written by Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford (as M. Gore & D. Pitchford)
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A cop's life can be pretty 'gay' sometimes!
6 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

John Hurt and Ryan O'Neill as a very odd couple. Kerwin (Hurt) and Benson (O 'Neill) both cops are determined to solve a case together. So far nothing unusual... The problem is the victim is a homosexual living in a gay community and Benson and Kerwin have to investigate undercover. So all they have to do is pretend to be a happy gay couple. For Kerwin not too bad. He is gay. But for Benson... He is as straight as straight gets...

Actual the story of the movie is not the deepest. What made the movie funny for me was the problems Benson had pretending to be a gay man and the development of their "relationship" And really it has some nice gags.

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