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).
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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
Seamon Glass
as Gillis
Steve Reisch
as Counter Boy
Carl Kraines
as 1st Aide
Bob Ozman
as Detective
Carol Williard
as Officer
John Garber
as Body Builder
Sherrie Lessard
as Telephone Operator
Ed McCready
as Doorman
Jackie Millines
as Photo Assistant
Ray Sanders
as Muscle Man
Luis Torres
as Pablo
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Critic Reviews for Partners

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July 22, 2005

Audience Reviews for Partners

Not as bad or offensive as advertised. Tries to have a heart and be lighthearted and yet convey some painful truth in the midst of the usual clichés. Beware of the penultimate scene between O'Neal and Hurt that somehow is not properly staged, directed and acted. Something did go wrong there but the rest of the film in unpretentious and entertaining thanks to both Ryan O'Neal and John Hurt.

Rémy Voyron
Rémy Voyron

Mostly good-natured, and that's about all. The motel owner is good for a few smirks and Hurt does what he can.


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