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Partners (1982)

Ryan O'Neal , John Hurt , James Burrows  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ryan O'Neal, John Hurt
  • Directors: James Burrows
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Legend Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019UGYBY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,428 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Partners" on IMDb

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Sergeant Benson (Ryan O'Neal) is the biggest ladies man on the force. Kerwin (John Hurt) is a gay man, works a desk job and keeps quiet about his personal life. When a double murder lands on Benson's desk, he's forced to go undercover into the gay community in order to bring the killer to justice. It's a tough job for a macho cop - but fortunately, he's got a partner. Benson and Kerwin team up to solve the crime, and find themselves doing things that were never included in their job description. Written by Francis Veber (La Cage aux folles), this hilarious fish out-of-water comedy delivers equal parts thrills and laughs.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Partners on DVD September 25, 2008
By D. Keys
I saw this move when it was first released in cinemas in the early 1980s. It was funny then and its humour is just as funny now. Many people lampoon it because it supposedly makes fun of gay men. In reality all it is doing is using a stereotype and making a point. A wonderful movie I am glad I purchased because now I can watch it over and over again and enjoy its humour and how it brings a smile and laugh to my face.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars movie buyer with varied interest November 13, 2009
By Atlanta
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This one is a real sleeper. If you have not seen Partners you have missed out on some great entertainment. John Hurt is as usual and shows he is unsurpassed with his acting ability. You really feel the sense of emotion he shares on screen. Ryan O'Neal should count this as one of his best performances although I read somewhere where he was embarrassed to make this film. He should boast about the way his body looked best in this film as compared to his other films. This movie is a classic. I would recommend to anyone. You won't be disappointed.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Partner Crime Thriller with Wit and a Twist September 5, 2008
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This is a great thriller/comedy from the man who brought you "La Cage Aux Folles." John Hurt is wondrously understated and Ryan O'Neal has never been better or more sincere. I'm so glad it's on DVD.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Offensive? NOT! November 25, 1999
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Exactly what did Mr. Maltin find offensive in this film? A homophobic learning not to fear people different than himself and actually coming to care deeply for another human being? Or that it portrayed a homosexual loving a straight man in a non-sexual context and not changing the orientation of either character? Perhaps he thinks O'Neal's character should have been "outed" or Hurt's should have been "converted"? God forbid that two people with such divergent sexual orientations should ever be portrayed as being able to co-exist as just friends. I happen to think this was a very good illustration of two people coming to care for and respect one another for who and what they were.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still endearing after all these years January 1, 2010
I remember sitting in theater when this first came out, holding my breath and scared to death anyone would notice that I was gay.
Ryan O'Neal was beefcake du jour and John Hurt frightened me. I swear when he made me laugh I was the only one laughing.
For the times, this is a very affirmative film. Plus O'Neal is bound and stripped, which was a high school boy's thrill.
I really loved this film and am so glad to have found it again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feeling a bit light in the holster? November 22, 2010
PARTNERS (1982) is a movie I'd never heard of, let alone seen any part of, but it's a fun "gay cop" comedy, in a way you'd never expect. Ryan O'Neal is Sgt. Benson, assigned to go undercover to catch a serial killer who's been bumping off gay male porno models in California.

He's assigned to live and work with Kerwin (a young and hilarious John Hurt), an openly gay police department clerk who knows the scene. While Hurt gives a comically sensitive performance, O'Neal really shines as the good sport who "almost" turns gay by default. Living with Kerwin in deep cover, Sgt. Benson starts to treat Kerwin like...well, like a boyfriend. I guess that graduates to treating him like a girlfriend when he absentmindedly pecks Kerwin on the cheek--the look on both their faces alone makes this movie well worth it.

Of course they do eventually solve the gay male model murders, but I won't spoil that part. I prefer to emphasize the importance of this modest little comedy on a grand scale.

1982, which I recall oh-so-terribly, was a weird year in film. Recall that it was before the media scare that kicked off the AIDS "crisis"--society's goodwill toward the gay community was going in a very different direction than today, and this film shows it clearly. Kerwin's and Benson's boss, Chief Wilkins (the great bit player Kenneth McMillan), treats Kerwin like an indulgent uncle might do. He also chuckles at the growing friendship between Benson and Kerwin.

In most films, the cops are violently smashing their way through gay people's lives, and this far back in time there were no gay characters to speak of; the cops violently smash the gay community in real life even worse.

1982's big hits in film counted among them BLADE RUNNER, E.T.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Partners February 3, 2010
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Enjoyed this movie-first saw it when it was released in the theaters(1982),than purchased it when came out in video format(Beta and VHS). Had to wait long time for it to FINALLY-NOW!, be released in DVD format-VERY FUNNY,ENJOYABLE GAY COMEDY. It also point outs---helps the straight/hetrosexual(insight into the gay communtity and the relationship that exist within the homosexual community) sector of life.FUNNY,ENTERTAINING FOR ALL AUDIENCES-PARTICULARLY GAY AND GAY-FRIENDLY AUDIENCES!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Partners-silly 80's movie April 15, 2010
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I had a good laugh watching Ryan O'Neal and John Hurt stumble through this one. I hadn't seen it since it's original release in the early 80's. Could be taken as homophobic, but I just thought it was silly. I'm gay and I wasn't particularly offended. Worth a chuckle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was great.
Published 1 day ago by William Meriwether Black
Because of all the negative reviews "Partners" got when first released in 1982, I had avoided seeing this film until just now. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Anthony McGill
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny film hurt and O'Neill are great together
been after this film for years, very funny film hurt and O'Neill are great together. quality was excellent also for such an old film
Published 26 days ago by j p snelson
4.0 out of 5 stars Ryan O'Neal is Highly Underrated
Beginning with his unforgettable role as the scheming but intelligent father in Paper Moon, I have found Ryan O'Neal to be a skilled and compelling actor who has a presence on... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Monish R. Chatterjee
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Funny Comedy
Partners was released in 1982 and I saw it at the theatre. Ryan O'Neal and John Hurt star as cops going undercover as gay lovers to solve murders. Read more
Published 5 months ago by K. Nolting
5.0 out of 5 stars Really for a good laugh
It is a great movie for whoever wants to have a good laugh and the person viewing it is not offended by the conflicts generated or does not have any discriminatory issues between... Read more
Published 6 months ago by VICTOR GAEDE
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly an Enjoyable Movie
For me, this was one of those movies that I only watched for the first time because someone else wanted to see it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Judy Hanson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful period piece
I fully remember when this came out and as a gay man did enjoy it so. Still love it to this day. A fun but poignant movie.
Published 6 months ago by Emberton4u
5.0 out of 5 stars Been searching for a long time.
One of my all time funniest movie that I had been looking for, for a long time. I was glad to find a copy of it still in print.
Published 8 months ago by Jacob Rice
2.0 out of 5 stars afun movie to watch
it's a gay comedy/ drama i watch over the years on tv both actors do a good job on this movie
Published 10 months ago by ross bender
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