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On the Other Hand, Death: A Donald Strachey Mystery

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The newest suspenseful installment of gay private investigator Donald Strachey, based on the long-running series of mystery books by Richard Stevenson. When the residents of a neighborhood are offered huge sums of money to sell their homes to a developer, the only ones to refuse are an elderly lesbian couple, featuring an inspired performance by Margot Kidder (Superman, The L Word). Soon after, the couple s home is besieged by anti-gay vandalism, but Strachey (Chad Allen) suspects that the attack is motivated by big-business rather than homophobia.

... for a marvelous supporting character..., I give you Margot Kidder as the crusty lesbian guidance counselor in "On the Other Hand, Death," - Los Angeles Times
...a thought provoking mystery. Yahoo! Movies

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Product Details

  • Actors: Chad Allen, Margot Kidder, Gabrielle Rose, Sebastian Spence
  • Directors: Ron Oliver
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Liberation Ent
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LIK8EI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,514 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "On the Other Hand, Death: A Donald Strachey Mystery" on IMDb

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By Randy E. Halford on December 24, 2008
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I was so pleased to hear that Chad Allen is returning as gay detective Donald Strachey in a third film. I've seen both "Third Man Out" & "Shock to the System" and was knocked out by Allen's terrific performances. As Strachey, he's torn down stereotypes of the limp-wristed homosexual, proving you can be gay, proud & tough at the same time.
Even more pleasing is his monogamous devotion to his partner, Tim Callahan, shattering the other myth that gay men don't know how to commit.
Kudos to Here! TV for bringing this fine series to the public. I've heard from another reviewer that two more films are being planned. Keep 'em coming!
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...and what fun they are! Am really glad there's a third installment in the Donald Strachey series that has made it to movies. And just like the other two movies, this one is just as entertaining and well acted, produced and filmed. Chad Allen does another wonderful job as the private I Donald Strachey, along with his lover, played by Sebastian Spence. This time, we also get Margot Kidder added in, who does a really good job, as well as the rest of the cast. Plus I love that they are produced and directed really well- a lot of times 'gay' movies appear low budget and cheap, but these always look really well made and professional, just like a big budget Hollywood film.
I know that there are quite a few books in this series, and I really hope that they ALL get made into movies, starring Chad of course. The more movies I see him in, the more I recognize what a really good actor he is. Plus, hopefully these movies can find thier way out to a more mainstream audience. They're well written and shot, and hopefully they can educate people who harbor certain stereotypes of gay people that we're just like everyone else, and that gay cinema is expanding and covering all the same subject matters as mainstream cinema. Keep em coming!!!
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A very enjoyable movie, one I would definitely watch again. The cast is terrific, and I was thrilled with all of the performances, especially Margot Kidder.
All the movies in this series are well done, but this one is my favorite. Great directing, acting, dialogue, story, etc., it's just a winner!
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Chad Allen is back as gay private investigator Donald Strachey in the third made-for-cable film based on Richard Stevenson's mystery series. This time a lesbian couple is being harassed and their home vandalized. Are they victims of homophobia or something else? Margot Kidder plays strong-willed Dorothy, a high-school guidance counselor who refuses to be intimidated. Her partner, Edith (wonderfully played by Gabrielle Rose) has a secret in her past that might or might not be contributing to the happenings. Sebastian Spence is back as Tim, Strachey's husband and a guy Tim once dated is visiting the area and stirring things up everywhere he goes. These films are light and formulaic with enough intrigue and suspense to keep the viewer guessing. They effectively capture the feel of the tough detective novels they are based on. The production values are good and the acting is excellent.
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A mysterious client hires private eye Don Strachey to tail a woman who turns out to be a detective running an uncover investigation. Two aging lesbians, one a high school counselor, are harassed and their home vandalized in the small town where they live. A giant real estate deal is nearing a deadline. If that wasn't enough, an old lover of Timmy Callahan's shows up. Timmy is Don's life partner. We'll soon learn that Timmy's friend knows the two women.

And before long, murder appears carrying an accelerant for arson. As Strachey digs into these seemingly unrelated cases, he gradually realizes there are links. Some of the links depend on big money deals. Some depend on long-buried secrets that have been buried far too long. Some lead to beatings and death.

Chad Allen plays Strachey in this third, and in my opinion the best, of the Don Strachey television movies. They're based on the Richard Stevenson mysteries. For those who like to read as well as watch, Stevenson has written nine of them. Death Vows, his latest, came out in 2008. He's a fine writer who comes up with complicated stories that involve deadly motives. Allen is a little shorter than how I envisage the written Strachey, and a little more ironic. He's a good actor, however, and makes believable Strachey's intelligence, decency and, when needed, willingness to do some violence. Sebastian Spence plays Timmy Callahan, Strachey's, for want of a better term, co-husband. They've been together for a while and are committed to a monogamous relationship, although sometimes tempted. Timmy works for a top legislator in Albany. He's smart, doesn't like it when Strachey gets involved with danger, and mixes a soothing martini for them both after a tough day's work.
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On The Other Hand, Death (2008). Not rated. Running Time: One Hour, 25 mins.
The third tv-movie in the Donald Strachey Mysteries series.
Directed by Ron Oliver. Written by Gillian Horvath, Ron McGee.
Chad Allen returns as "Donald Strachey". Sebastian Spence, Nelson Wong, Daryl Shuttleworth also return.

A woman is being followed by a man. Behind him a policeman tells him, "Hands up!". The police are surrounding our gay Private Investigator, Donald Strachey (Chad Allen). Even the woman, Gina Santer (Lori Triolo) is in on it.
Meanwhile, we see a thief in a hooded jacket. he breaks into the home of Dorothy Fisher (Margot Kidder). She goes downstairs with a baseball bat in her hands. She thinks it is Joey breaking in. The thief runs away. Apparently, it is a gay attack as the thief wrote on the wall, "Dykes Get Out!". Dorothy and Edith (Gabrielle Rose) are lesbians living together.
Donald is brought into the police station for almost ruining an investigation Gina Santer has been working undercover on for eight months. However, Donald has been investigating an affair Gina is having.
Donald goes to a school board hearing where Dorothy is a guidance counselor. Dorothy loses her job. He meets Dorothy and Edith and is invited to their home. While having a conversation in the house, the thief returns and throws a brick threw a window. David takes the case to find out who is breaking into their home and harassing them.

Also in the cast: William MacDonald, Barclay Hope, Damon Runyan, Cali Boyle, Ralph Alderman.
A picture of actor Keye Luke is on the desk of Nelson Wong.

Contains male nudity.

Filmed in Langley, British Columbia, Canada.

English language only. English 5.1 Surround Sound, English Stereo.
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