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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.

Director:

James Burrows

Writer:

Francis Veber
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan O'Neal ... Sgt. Benson
John Hurt ... Kerwin
Kenneth McMillan ... Chief Wilkins
Robyn Douglass ... Jill
Jay Robinson ... Halderstam
Denise Galik ... Clara
Joseph R. Sicari ... Walter
Michael McGuire ... Monroe
Rick Jason ... Douglas
James Remar ... Edward K. Petersen
Jennifer Ashley Jennifer Ashley ... Secretary
Darrell Larson ... Al
Tony March Tony March ... Aide #2
Seamon Glass Seamon Glass ... Gillis
Steven Reisch Steven Reisch ... Counter Boy
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Storyline

Sergeant Benson (Ryan O'Neal) 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 (Sir John Hurt) 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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Taglines:

The oddest team on the squad See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

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Trivia

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 movie's taglines, which read "The oddest team on the squad". 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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References Cruising (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Call Me
Lyrics by Debbie Harry and music by Giorgio Moroder
Performed by Blondie
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records
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From a straight non-homophobic...funny as hell!
26 November 2011 | by tomsailSee all my reviews

Stereotypes, how does anyone get them. I've met men and women throughout my life and around the world whom were either shy closet types you'd never know existed, or standing up waving a flag obvious, and everything in between. Some have noted the movie is anti-gay, guess it depends on your attitude and who's watching it, just like anything else. I didn't think it was. To me the movie was a comedy about two reluctant cops balking at crossing orientation lines. And they find out they can work together just fine, co- exist, and the orientation lines blur a bit. I'd tell you my favorite scenes but that would ruin the movie. And except for a guy who's flamboyancy preceded him (funny as hell too), and the guy that used to come to the grocery store in paint, heels, and purse, most of the obvious stereotype stuff is kept indoors in my opinion.

This is a funny and entertaining movie that I went looking for again to add to my collection. If your not afraid of the flamboyant stereotypes and have an open mind you're going to love this movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Partners See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,318,801, 2 May 1982

Gross USA:

$6,062,898

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,062,898
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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