Shock to the System (2006)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  16 July 2006 (USA)
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A gay detective tries to solve the murder of a college student.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Cornell
Mrs. Hale
Lynne Cornell
Rikki Gagne ...
Katey Simmons (as Rikki Gange) (as Rikki Gagné)
Gerry Morton ...
Morgan Brayton ...
Leanne Adachi ...
Dr. Sung


Because of a feature article on him in the Advocate, Albany based Donald Strachey has gained some notoriety as a gay private detective. His latest client, Paul Hale, a scared young man, provides Donald with a $5,000 retainer to find "someone", that person unspecified before Paul is scared off. Soon thereafter, Paul is found dead. The official cause of death is deemed suicide by the coroner's office, but Donald wants to do right by Paul by finding who killed him as the police unofficially believe he was murdered. Another person who believes Paul was murdered is his mother, Phyllis Hale. Donald learns that homophobic Mrs. Hale sent Paul to the Phoenix Foundation, run by Dr. Trevor Cornell and his wife Lynn Cornell and for which Paul was the poster child. The Foundation's raison d'etre is repairative therapy i.e. to help people turn from gay to straight. Donald believes Paul's death has something to do with the Foundation, whether it be a connection to one of the Cornells or one of the ... Written by Huggo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content, nudity, language and a violent image | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 July 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Donald Strachey: Systemschock  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,750 (USA) (4 August 2006)


$3,665 (USA) (18 August 2006)

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1.78 : 1
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Chad Allen is Donald Strachey
2 August 2006 | by (Dubai) – See all my reviews

This is a well-plotted, superbly cast follow up to the first Donald Strachey film, "Third Man Out." I personally found the subject matter—-sexual "healing" for gays—-more engrossing than the "outing" theme of the first film. Once again, Chad Allen is fascinating as the macho gay detective. And his back story—-he's an ex-soldier who was drummed out of the service for being gay—-more ably serves the screenplay this time around. The regulars all seem more comfortable in their roles, and it's nice to see Nelson Wong returning as Donald's secretary. Morgan Fairchild appears in a rather thankless cameo, and, although Sebastian Spence is a little less ditsy as Donald's lawyer boyfriend (Nora to Allen's Nick), Timmy, Allen's banter with Daryl Shuttleworth, as Detective Bub Bailey, and the other guys at the precinct is more fun. It's a first-class production, with director Ron Oliver making all the right moves, and Allen's acting is nothing short of brilliant: he does Emmy-caliber work in a surprisingly literate script.

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