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

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Comedy | Crime

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R | See all certifications »
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30 April 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Algo más que colegas  »

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The film's director James Burrows later directed episodes in two seasons of the unrelated TV comedy series about architect Partners which both had the same "Partners" title. This included ten episodes of the 1995-1996 TV series Partners (1995) and nine episodes of the 2012-2013 TV series Partners (2012). See more »

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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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Referenced in ALF: Wanted: Dead or Alive (1989) See more »

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Call Me
Lyrics by Deborah Harry and music by Giorgio Moroder
Performed by Blondie
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One watches in a state of numb shock...
25 January 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Here's a gay-themed action-comedy that even the gay community has thankfully forgotten, an appalling, tangled mess involving two male Los Angeles police detectives (one straight, one gay) posing as lovers in order to track down a killer of homosexuals. You have to commend Ryan O'Neal, he gives this one-joke affair his best shot; but poor John Hurt (the most sullen gay character ever!) sluggishly performs as if against his will. The plot is promising--it might've been a sharp satire of "Cruising" had the handling been a bit more nimble. But "Partners" has the patched-together feel of too many different hands, and the laziness of the writing and directing sinks the idea almost completely. Sniggering jokes, embarrassing and half-hearted sentiment, and a plea for the understanding of the gay minority turns this tale into one swishy stew. *1/2 from ****


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