Third Man Out gay alternative lifestyle interest
Run Time100 minutes UN-Rated Year2005
DirectorRon OliverActorsChad Allen, Sebastian Spence, Sean Young, Woody Jeffries.
Donald Strachey (Chad Allen) is a wiseacre who drives a battered jalopy that stalls when he needs to make a speedy getaway. He gets on people's nerves and gets beaten up. He's your typical loose cannon private eye. But in place of a procession of loose dames vying for his attention is his dashing husband, Tim (Sebastian Spence), who he lives with in Albany, in a nice house with granite benchtops and a fluffy dog.
Made for the American pay TV channel here!, the film practically batters the viewer over the head establishing its gay cred: "The cops don't care about us faggots," sneers one character early in the piece, before we find out that the couple's handyperson is slacking off because she's hanging out with dykes on bikes.
The plot evolves around a gay activist who outs people on his website. He thinks someone's out to get him and hires Strachey to find the culprit. A complicated storyline ensues with too many twists and turns to list here. Suffice to say, there is a murder and it is Strachey's job to sort it out.
Allen has good comic timing and is convincing in the dramatic scenes even when the script isn't. Spence, as his dashing husband, also puts in a good performance and the pair have a nice, easy chemistry together.
You are hereby invited to figure out "whodunit" when watching Third Man Out, a gay murder mystery featuring P.I. Donald Strachey played by out actor Chad Allen ("Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman") The series of books written by Richard Stevenson, are now classics of the gay mystery genre, this is the first in an anticipated series of adaptations. All set in the Albany region, the books feature a gay male couple, Donald (Allen,) the private investigator and his lover Ronnie (Carey,) a legislative aide.
Strachey and his lover are in the midst of restoring their elegant Albany row house when Donald gets offered a much-needed, but distasteful job. This story opens as Donald has been hired to investigate attacks on an activist who specializes in "outing” prominent politicians, an activity our hero finds quite nasty. The activist John Rutka is played by Jack Wetherall, familiar to "Queer as Folk" fans as Vic Grassi, Michael's uncle. Strachey abandons his new duty when he feels that Rutka is staging the threats against him. When Rutka turns up dead, Strachey is faced with an extensive list of enemies all with enough motive to kill.
Featuring a handsome gay male couple and a murder most foul, this is one film you won't want to miss. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Scott Cranin
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