Shock To The System

Synopsis: 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 ot
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Ron Oliver
Production: Regent Releasing
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

after the autopsy.

You seen Bailey around?

You're the P.I.

You figure it out.

Detective, my

son was murdered.

Someone did

this to him.

Mrs. Hale,

we'll investigate--


That coroner's already

made up her mind!

No, she hasn't.

Paul wouldn't kill himself

he wouldn't do that.

He did leave a note,

Mrs. Hale.

Detective Bailey.

Did you fall off a

wedding cake, Strachey?

Mrs. Hale, my name

is Donald Strachey,

I'm a private investigator.

I'm so sorry

about your son.

Thank you.

God, my baby!

Can we make

this quick.

Why did the deceased have

your card in his pocket?

That's between him

and me.

Was he a client

or boyfriend?

What does that mean?

I met him

last night.

What are you implying?

My son was not gay,

if that's what you mean.

Paul had been confused

for a while,

but he was

much better.

Dr. Cornell had

completely healed him.


He runs that clinic-?

Yes, the Phoenix Foundation

for a better life.

He's a brilliant man.

He turned Paul's

life around.

It appears Paul

Hale wasn't gay.

He was ex-gay.

"Gay reparative therapy".

Maybe you oughta give

it a shot, Strachey?

Awe and give up my

fantasies about you?


So what exactly

happened last night

between you and Paul Hale?

Not much.

We talked a little bit.

He hired me to

find somebody.

You gonna tell me who?

I don't know.

We didn't get that far.

Somebody tried

to run us over.

Probably just a disgruntled

ex-client of yours?

If it was an ex-client

of mine,

I'd be the dead

guy, don't you think?

Paul took off, and that's

the last I saw of him.

"I'm sorry, mom.

"It's just too

much to take.

"I love you, Paul."

Kids today, even the suicide

notes are high tech.

Come on, Bailey,

the kid hires a P.I.

And then kills himself?

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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