Partners (1982)

R   |    |  Comedy, Crime

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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.




  • John Hurt in Partners (1982)
  • John Hurt and Ryan O'Neal in Partners (1982)
  • John Hurt in Partners (1982)
  • John Hurt and Ryan O'Neal in Partners (1982)
  • John Hurt and Ryan O'Neal in Partners (1982)
  • Robyn Douglass and Ryan O'Neal in Partners (1982)

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26 September 2000 | jenmcg
I can't believe this was made in the 1980's
I am very surprised that everyone was not as offended by this film as I was. I will restrain myself and only list a few examples...In the beginning of the film when Benson and Kerwin are partnered, the captain tells Kerwin that he must take the assignment because he's "been living in the closet, and now has to 'fess up." Once on the case, Benson is harassed by an incredibly predatory and effeminate motel employee, and after the situation declares that he now knows what it's like to be a woman, and says "what a nightmare." I stopped counting the number of times that the words "fag" or "faggot" were uttered. With only one day on the job, Benson discovers that mere proximity to "homosexuals" (the nicest word, by far, used in the film to describe gay men) has made him impotent. Please tell me that this film was made in the 1880's and not less than 20 years ago! It is amazing to think that the director went on to direct "Will and Grace" and that the writer wrote "the Birdcage." For me, Burrows and Veber will never do enough penance.

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