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Strange Bedfellows (2004)

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Two 'very straight' old timers have to learn how to pass as a loving gay couple after falsely claiming same-sex status to take advantage of newly legislated tax laws.


Dean Murphy


Sally Plant (idea), Dean Murphy (idea) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caton ... Ralph Williams
Alan Cassell Alan Cassell ... Stan Rogers
Andy Pappas Andy Pappas ... Post Van Driver
Paula Duncan ... Yvonne Philpot
Roy Billing ... Fred Coulson
Jamie Robertson Jamie Robertson ... Carbo
Kevin Dee ... Hughie
Paul Hogan ... Vince Hopgood
Stewart Faichney Stewart Faichney ... Sergeant Jack Jenkins
Simon Paton Simon Paton ... Red
Shane Withington ... Father Xavier Delaney
Monica Maughan Monica Maughan ... Faith
Jenny Dale Jenny Dale ... Local Lady
Kestie Morassi ... Carla
Ashley Evans Ashley Evans ... Porn Site Boy


A struggling widower businessman finds a new tax loophole offered in Australia to same sex couples. Needing a tax break, he cajoles his best friend, also a widower, into filing papers indicating they are a gay couple living together and assuring him that the small town (population 652) they live in will never have a clue. However, their return letter from the government pops open and the town busybody soon has it spread all over town without the two men's knowledge. Meanwhile, the letter tells the men that a tax inspector will be coming to investigate their claim. The two decide they have to learn to act gay, so they get lessons from a local hair dresser and visit a gay nightclub in Sydney. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Michael Caton would not appear in another film for 11 years. See more »


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User Reviews

Wonderful double act keep it Gay!
18 April 2004 | by australian_skepticsSee all my reviews

Set in the heart of country Australia, with a short journey to Sydney in the middle of the film, Strange Bedfellows tells the story of two close friends, Vince (Hogan) and Ralph (Caton) who cook up a plan to take advantage of a new law that gives tax breaks to Same Sex Couples. Trouble is, Vince and Ralph are as totally straight and must 'camp it up' it order to convince the government's tax inspector (Postlethwaite).

The laughs come thick and fast as Vince and Ralph, do what it takes to learn how to appear gay. The reaction of the locals and the great scenes set in a Sydney gay disco are only some of what makes this movie a winner. However the jokes, even the outrageous ones, are never at the expense of the gay community.

This is the funniest movie Paul Hogan has starred in since the original 'Crocodile' Dundee. He and Caton are a wonderful double act, supported beautifully by the rest of the cast, including a manic band leader in the final scenes, set against the back drop of some of Australia's most picturesque countryside. The ending works very well with all the loose ends, twists and all, being tied up.

Paul Hogan was a TV star in Australia long before the world met 'Crocodile' Dundee. Michael Caton is also well known to Australian TV viewers with memorable parts on many shows, from soap operas to comedy.

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22 April 2004 (Australia) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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