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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:

Benson is a cop who wants to clean up the streets...His partner just wants to redecorate. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Algo más que colegas 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Duet for Four (1982) was originally titled "Partners", but was re-titled because of this movie. 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

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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Soundtracks

Love On A Two Way Street
Written by Sylvia Robinson and Bert Keyes (as S. Robinson & B. Keyes)
Performed by Stacy Lattisaw
Courtesy of Cotillion Records
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15 December 2005 | by bgjm_rotterdamSee all my reviews

I saw this movie years ago and thought it was a refreshing movie. First of all it got a gay man in it, who doesn't get aids for one time. Although the film uses quite some stereotypic situations used a lot for gays in movies, the film stays respectful towards gay people . Gay myself I could really enjoy this movie about two cops, one straight and one gay. The gay one ( Hurt)has an administration function at the police post and is not at all thrilled to be picked to work together on a gay murder case .Especially not with the other cop ( O'Neal),who on his turn is certainly not thrilled at all to be forced to work with a GAY man. They need to infiltrate into the gay-society and live as a gay couple.Towards the end of the film, both cops are getting to know each other better and gain respect from the other. Eventually they solve the murder case too....Although the film looks obviously dated ,it still is very enjoyable and funny .Even your children could watch it and learn something about prejustice too....


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