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A Different Story (1978)

R | | Drama, Romance | 10 May 1978 (USA)
A homosexual woman marries a gay male friend to prevent his deportation, but they soon fall in love.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Walreavens
Stella Cooke
Peter Donat ...
Mr. Cooke
Barbara Collentine ...
Mrs. Cooke
Doug Higgins ...
Lisa James ...
Linda Carpenter ...
Allan Hunt ...
Richard I
Richard II
Eddy C. Dyer ...
Richard Altman ...
Phyllis's Neighbor


Episodic look at an unlikely couple trying to make it in L.A. during the late 1970s. He's Albert, an illegal alien from Belgium, serving as chauffeur and lover to a string of powerful men. She's Stella, a real estate agent with several women lovers. When he's out of a job, she temporarily takes him in. He becomes her cook and housekeeper, time passes, and they marry so he won't be deported. Later, after a boozy birthday celebration with him, she finds herself pregnant. They try to be a family, love grows, and she puts her career on hold as his career, as a fashion designer, takes off. Can this gay couple stay true to each other, and what happens when their hormones call? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Nobody was surprised when Albert and Stella got married. But when they fell in love... That was.... See more »


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

10 May 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Una historia diferente  »

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Film debut of Stephen Nichols. See more »


Referenced in How American Cinema Changed Hollywood Forever (2003) See more »

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A truly lovely experience- DO pick this up if you can!
14 April 2003 | by (Silicon Valley) – See all my reviews

This is a film for entertainment; I did not think the world made social commentary from one small film. I personally find this film funny, audacious, and memorable. It is a fantasy not unlike a cinder girl becoming a Princess. This film was done very well I might add, in the 70's a time of the best experiments in film with being able to mention a person's sexuality. This movie is not about a person being homosexual or not, it is however about love, in all it's strange forms. This film does show some of the realities of being gay in the 70's in Hollywood, or in California. Pretty boys being looked after by older not so pretty men. Women who had to stay deeply locked in the emotional closet or risk not having a career. Bathhouses were an integral part of the gay community.

THEN the fantasy begins!! Let us mix a lesbian with a gay and add some liquor and what do we have? Well this movie, which in ANY way was better than that dismal redo "The Next Big Thing". Perhaps someone should have asked the entire crew to see this movie and then try to do better.

I enjoyed this movie when I saw it in the 70's and it still brings a smile to my lips now. I heartily advise anyone who wants a funny, tender movie- to curl up with some popcorn and have some fun. Some people need to lighten up!!! And this is the film you should do it with!

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