6.7/10
880
10 user 8 critic

Shock to the System (2006)

Trailer
1:51 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
A gay detective tries to solve the murder of a college student.

Director:

Ron Oliver

Writers:

Richard Stevenson (based on the book by), Ron McGee

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Third Man Out (TV Movie 2005)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A gay detective is hired to find who has been been threatening a notorious member of the gay community noted for outing people.

Director: Ron Oliver
Stars: Chad Allen, Sebastian Spence, Jack Wetherall
Ice Blues (2008)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Tim Callahan, aide to New York Senator Lauren Platt, is disappointed that all of the $3 million funding has been pulled from his latest pet project, a safe zone for children and youth. His ... See full summary »

Director: Ron Oliver
Stars: Chad Allen, Sebastian Spence, Daryl Shuttleworth
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A mysterious client of private eye Don Strachey pays him cash to tail a woman who turns out to be an undercover officer; an older lesbian couple are victims of threats and vandalism; an old... See full summary »

Director: Ron Oliver
Stars: Chad Allen, Sebastian Spence, Margot Kidder
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A gay student who is "out" at college but not to his family receives an unexpected visit from his boyfriend while at home during the holidays.

Director: Rob Williams
Stars: Keith Jordan, Wyatt Fenner, Steve Callahan
Mulligans (2008)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two college friends take a journey home. One of them makes a mistake that may tear a family apart. Sometimes there are no second chances, sometimes there are no mulligans.

Director: Chip Hale
Stars: Dan Payne, Thea Gill, Charlie David
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

At Goodkind High School, a group of students with varying sexual orientations form an after-school club as a discreet way to share their feelings and experiences.

Director: Gary Entin
Stars: Cameron Deane Stewart, Justin Deeley, Meaghan Martin
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A socially shunned columnist finds his romantic match online, but messaging under the wrong account causes his sleazy roommate's picture to be forwarded, creating an identity mix-up.

Director: J.C. Calciano
Stars: Nicholas Downs, David Loren, Adam Huss
Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A bullied and demoralized gay student at an all-boys school uses a magical flower derived from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream' to turn many in his community gay, including a comely rugby player for himself.

Director: Tom Gustafson
Stars: Tanner Cohen, Wendy Robie, Judy McLane
Fair Haven (2016)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young man returns to his family farm, after a long stay in ex-gay conversion therapy, and is torn between the expectations of his emotionally distant father, and the memories of a past, loving relationship he has tried to bury.

Director: Kerstin Karlhuber
Stars: Tom Wopat, Michael Grant, Gregory Harrison
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A fish-out-of-water comedy about a conservative Southern mom who discovers that her only son is gay. Determined that he won't go through life alone, she sets out to find him a husband.

Director: Keith Hartman
Stars: Joanne McGee, Carol Goans, Stewart Carrico
Hate Crime (2005)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Robbie Levinson and Trey McCoy suddenly encounter intolerance and hostility at the hands of their new neighbor, Chris Boyd, the son of a fundamentalist preacher. One evening, Trey sets out ... See full summary »

Director: Tommy Stovall
Stars: Seth Peterson, Bruce Davison, Chad Donella
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An insight into the turbulent lives and loves of a gay clique based in Los Angeles.

Director: Greg Berlanti
Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Dean Cain, Zach Braff
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chad Allen ... Donald Strachey
Sebastian Spence ... Timmy Callahan
Michael Woods ... Dr. Cornell
Daryl Shuttleworth ... Detective Bailey
Morgan Fairchild ... Mrs. Hale
Anne Marie DeLuise ... Lynne Cornell
Rikki Gagne Rikki Gagne ... Katey Simmons (as Rikki Gange) (as Rikki Gagné)
Stephen Huszar ... Grey
Nelson Wong ... Kenny Kwan
Ryan Kennedy ... Walter
Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman ... Levon
Shawn Roberts ... Larry
Gerry Morton Gerry Morton ... Jefferson
Morgan Brayton ... Hannah
Leanne Adachi Leanne Adachi ... Dr. Sung
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Some Secrets Kill. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Donald Strachey: Systemschock See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,750, 6 August 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,665, 20 August 2006
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Black and White (opening sequence)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Second of four films in the "Donald Strachey Mystery" series. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Strachey thinks Kenny is breaking into his office, Strachey is wearing sunglasses. As soon as he busts through the door after Kenny, his glasses are off, and then reappear on his very next shot. See more »

Connections

References The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Steam
written by Peter Allen
performed by Peter Allen
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Entertaining
26 April 2009 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about a private investigator who investigates the death of a young man who hired him to find someone shortly before the death.

I just watched "Third Man Out", so there is an inevitable comparison between the two. The mystery part is toned down compared to "Third Man Out", replaced with emotional elements about gay conversion. This makes the film melancholic and even saddening. To balance it off, there are more steamy scenes than "Third Man Out" to make "Shock to the System" more commercially appealing.

The mystery part of the plot is hurt by the fact that all the leads point to a single suspect. If there were more suspects, then the mystery would have been more thrilling and engaging. Nevertheless, "Shock to the System" is an interesting mystery film with a emotional commentary on societal attitudes towards homosexuality. I find "Shock to the System" entertaining to watch.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 10 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed