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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Wetherall ...
John Rutka
Eddie Santon
Ann Rutka
Alice Savage (as April Amber Telek)
John Moore ...
Bishop McFee
Father Morgan (as Alf Humphries)
P. Lynn Johnson ...
Senator Dianne Glassman
Guy Fauchon ...
Newspaper Photographer
Dark Glasses (as James Michalopoulos)
Congressman Bruno Slinger


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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Donald Strachey: Und du bist raus!  »

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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 »


Timmy Callahan: Have I told you lately that I think you're a genius?
Donald Strachey: Not lately.
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References Will & Grace (1998) See more »


Martinis by Moonlight
Music & lyrics by Ronnie Way & Bill Buckingham
Performed by Ronnie Way
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The Third Man Meets Beautiful Thing
1 September 2005 | by (Dubai) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most satisfying "gay" films I've seen since "Beautiful Thing," and one of the best mystery-married pairings since John and Sherlock, or should I say Nick and Nora. It's the story of Donald Strachey, tough guy P.I. with a shady past and a sweet tooth for guy pal Sebastian Spence. It's a good story, not a great one, with a sultry jazz score and topical references to such controversial subjects as celebrity outing and pedophiliac priests. What makes it work is the unconventional casting of Chad Allen (who is gay himself, but doesn't look it--although one character dubs him "Nancy-boy Drew") as Strachey, who just happens to be very happily married to Timothy (played by Sebastian Spence, who is apparently straight, and maybe that's why his character overdoes the nelly a bit). Allen, as Strachey, is developing very nicely as an actor, and he's more interesting looking now than he ever was as a child. In "Third Man Out," he gets solid support from QAF's Jack Wetherall and Sean Young. Apparently, this is the first in a series, based on the novels by Richard Stevenson and set, contrarily, in Albany, rather than in New York City or San Francisco. Hopefully, it will prove popular enough with its intended audience that other books in the series will also be filmed. Apart from the rather pedestrian direction (by Ron Oliver) and a couple of too obvious twists in the plot, "Third Man" is entertaining throughout.

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