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Partners (1982)






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TV director James Burrows made his feature debut with this unusual film that's a situation comedy-style twist on both The Odd Couple (1968) and Cruising (1980). The murder of a male model in a gay, beachfront enclave of L.A. warrants an undercover investigation, so police officer Benson (Ryan O'Neal), a straight, macho, law-and-order type, is assigned to partner with file clerk Kerwin (John Hurt), a mild-mannered homosexual. Benson and Kerwin are to pose as a gay couple who have just moved to the area. At first, Benson's slovenly ways drive the fussy Kerwin to distraction, while Kerwin's sexual orientation and prissy manners are a source of constant frustration for straight-arrow Benson. However, the two eventually become friendly roommates, if not exactly friends, and Benson even begins to see the world through Kerwin's eyes. Although he carries a badge, the fussy Kerwin is essentially a civilian, but as he and Benson close in on the murderer, Kerwin reveals himself to be a far more capable cop than Benson assumes him to be. Partners was written by Francis Veber, author of La Cage aux Folles (1978) and The Man with One Red Shoe (1985).more
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Francis Veber
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On DVD: Jul 22, 2008
Paramount Pictures


Ryan O'Neal
as Sgt. Benson
John Hurt
as Kerwin
Kenneth McMillan
as Chief Wilkins
Jay Robinson
as Halderstam
Rick Jason
as Douglas
James Remar
as Edward K. Petersen
Jennifer Ashley
as Secretary
Tony March
as 2nd Aide
Steve Reisch
as Counter Boy
Carl Kraines
as 1st Aide
Bob Ozman
as Detective
John Garber
as Body Builder
Sherrie Lessard
as Telephone Operator
Ed McCready
as Doorman
Jackie Millines
as Photo Assistant
Ray Sanders
as Muscle Man
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Full Review… | June 16, 2011
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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July 23, 2005

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