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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.
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.Read more ›
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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Dated, but very funny, and well acted movie. Ryan O'Neal and John Hurt are perfectly cast. If you want to blob for 90 minutes and forget all your problems - then this is the movie... Read morePublished 1 day ago by John Blake
Have been hunting for this black comedy for ages! It's just as good today as the first time I saw it.Published 10 months ago by druid
3 1/2 stars for the acting and modest plot although I was not impressed with very much in the story.… I was rather disappointed. Read morePublished 10 months ago by ClarityOfMind