Director: James Burrows Cast: Ryan O'Neal, John Hurt, Kenneth McMillan


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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).

Product Details

Release Date: 10/27/2015
UPC: 0887090110709
Original Release: 1982
Rating: R
Source: Olive Films
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 24,881

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ryan O'Neal Benson
John Hurt Kerwin
Kenneth McMillan Chief Wilkens
Robyn Douglass Jill
Jay Robinson Halderstam
Denise Galik Clara
Joseph R. Sicari Walter
Michael McGuire Monroe
Rick Jason Douglas
James Remar Edward K. Peterson
Darrell Larson Al
Jennifer Ashley Secretary
Douglas Bruce Actor
Bill Cross Actor
John Garber Body Builder
Seamon Glass Gillis
Carl Kraines 1st Aide
Tony March 2nd Aide
Ed McCready Doorman
Bob Ozman Detective
Gene Ross Actor
Ray Sanders Muscle Man
Luis Torres Pablo
Carol Williard Officer
Craig Shreeve Actor
Gregory Hodal Cop
Bridget Fonda Actor
Wendy Hughes Actor

Technical Credits
James Burrows Director
Georges Delerue Score Composer
Wayne A. Finkelman Costumes/Costume Designer
George P. Gaines Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Danford B. Greene Editor
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
Thomas Lofaro Asst. Director
Ida Random Production Designer
Aaron Russo Producer
Richard Sylbert Production Designer
Francis Veber Executive Producer,Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Partners
1. Chapter I [9:46]
2. Chapter II [10:38]
3. Chapter III [13:15]
4. Chapter IV [11:33]
5. Chapter V [11:51]
6. Chapter VI [8:41]
7. Chapter VII [13:43]
8. Chapter VIII [12:54]

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