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(1982)

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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).
Movie poster artwork for this film parodied the cop movie genre's guns and weapons by replacing them with hair-dryers.
The movie was a twist on the American buddy movie by adding a homosexual theme and was frequently described as a gay The Odd Couple (1968). This reference was even made in some of the film's tag-lines which read "The oddest team on the squad".
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The Australian film Duet for Four (1982) was originally titled 'Partners' but was re-titled because of this movie.
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This gay comedy was written by Francis Veber who had just recently penned the hit French gay comedies 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".
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Theatrical feature film debut of director James Burrows whose previous work had all been in television. At the time that this film was made, Burrows had been directing the successful TV comedy series Taxi (1978). To date, this film is Burrows' first, final and only ever cinema movie.
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According to publicity, this picture was actor John Hurt's twenty-fifth film.
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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 .
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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).
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This Hollywood movie was frequently described as Cruising (1980) meets The Odd Couple (1968).
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Debut produced screenplay for an American movie written by French writer-director Francis Veber. This is the first movie where Veber actually wrote an original screenplay that was produced by Hollywood as against perhaps other writer(s) adapting one of his French written/directed films in an English language remake.
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One of three 1982 pictures starring actor John Hurt first released in that year. The other films were Night Crossing (1982) and The Plague Dogs (1982).
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According to show-business trade paper Variety, "screenwriter/exec producer Francis Veber, who scored by spoofing one segment of the homosexual life-style in La Cage aux Folles (1978) and its sequel [La cage aux folles II (1980)], this time tries to transfer his approach to a contemporary American setting".
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The movie was allegedly originally intended as a parody of the then recent Al Pacino undercover cop picture Cruising (1980). DVD Verdict states that this film is "basically William Friedkin's Cruising (1980) turned in to a sitcom". This film was made and released about two years after that movie.
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Ryan O'Neal started work on this picture just two days after completing principal photography on So Fine (1981).
The name of the gay mens magazine was "Man's Man".
Actor Ryan O'Neal is seen in drag in this film.
Star Billing: Ryan O'Neal (1st) and John Hurt (2nd).
Both of the movie's two lead stars Ryan O'Neal and John Hurt in real life were not gay.
In 1990, actor Ryan O'Neal was nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award as Worst Actor of the 1980s Decade for this movie and So Fine (1981), Fever Pitch (1985) and Tough Guys Don't Dance (1987) but lost to Sylvester Stallone for various movies. Partners (1982) was not nominated for any individual Razzies for the 1982 awards year when the picture was first released.

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