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Third Man Out (2005)

TV Movie  |  TV-MA  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |  2005 (Canada)
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A gay detective is hired to find who has been been threatening a notorious member of the gay community noted for outing people.

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Ann Rutka
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Bishop McFee
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Senator Dianne Glassman
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Allison (as Kirsten Williamson)
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Donald Strachey's claim to fame is being the only openly gay private investigator in the Albany area. He is married to Tim Callahan, the aide to Democratic senator, Dianne Glassman. Because of the expensive house renovations Donald and Tim are going through, Donald reluctantly takes the case of John Rutka, a gay advocate, who is hated by homophobes for being so vocally gay, and by many gays, such as Donald and Tim, because he, through his website, outs gays who want to stay in the closet. The higher the profile of his targets, the better he feels he is advancing the gay cause. John was shot in his own home by an unknown assailant, while his boyfriend Eddie Santon was home with him. John wants Donald to find out and nab who shot him, before the perpetrator finishes the job. They believe that the shooter is probably working for one of the many he is investigating as possibly being gay, the three who he was contemplating possibly featuring in the next edition of his blog being the ... Written by Huggo

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A gay detective who always gets his man.


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In the love scene between Strachey and Timmy, Strachey's tattoo is on his right arm. When he wakes up the next morning and climbs out of bed, his tattoo is on his left arm. Other scenes in the movie show inconsistent arm placement as well. See more »

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John Rutka: How's Senator Glassman these days?
Timmy Callahan: How did you know that...
John Rutka: That you're her Chief Aid? It's my job to know these things. She's got a good voting record on gay rights. Wish the rest of the state senate was like her.
Timmy Callahan: Oh good! So maybe you won't feel obliged to destroy her and I'll get to keep my job.
John Rutka: I do what I do for the good of us all.
Timmy Callahan: Yeah. You're a regular Mother Teresa.
Donald Strachey: O-kay. Timmy, I think maybe you need to take Doctor Watson for a walk.
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Donald Strachey: I think he needs to go again.
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In Heat, In Love
Music by Peter Allen
Lyrics by David Hudgins
Performed by Sibel Thrasher
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A Stylish Film Noir Blending Suspense, Humor, and Insights into Gay Life
9 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ron Oliver is to be commended for bringing this first story from the Donald Strachey Mysteries by Richard Stevenson (screenplay by Mark Saltzman) to the screen. This first story is so well written, directed, acted and filmed that it can only give us hope that the other novels in the Donald Strachey series will be forthcoming.

The story is a modern detective story that takes place in Albany, New York and is complete with realistic characters, a fine plot well paced, and a number of twists and turns that keep the audience not only entertained but glued to the screen. The difference, here, is that the detective Strachey (Chad Allen in an impressive performance) happens to be a gay man, well adjusted, living with his wholesome and tender partner Timmy (Sebastian Spence). The action involves a gay activist John Rutka (Jack Wetherall) with a penchant for outing political figures whose agenda is not friendly to the community. He likewise lives with a healthy life partner Eddie (Woody Jeffreys) and the two seem targeted for death by apparent candidates for Rutka's next outing computer magazine. Strachey is engaged to protect Rutka despite initial, partner-supported feelings that Rutka disrupts closeted men's lives too ruthlessly. But take the case on he does and he proves to be not only smart but wise while remaining a lovable detective. The plots thickens and surprises are everywhere just as good detective mysteries should have. But along the way the film takes the time to make some cogent statements about the clergy and politicians and other significant matters that raises this movie to a fine level of social consciousness.

The cast is excellent and the love scenes are beautifully presented. There is even some beefcake (Matthew Rush as the 'Dik Steele' porn star in the buff) and club scenes to lighten the action. The film includes a superb featurette with Ron Oliver discussing how the film made it to the screen and includes for once some healthy conversation from openly gay actors who are enlightened about their roles. Though obviously a 'gay film', the story and production are so strong that any audience will find this a fine mystery! Highly recommended.


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