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After the mysterious demise of a client, private detective Donald Strachey (Chad Allen) infiltrates a therapy group for gay people who want to become straight. He takes on the group's founder (Michael Woods) to prove that his client's death was not a suicide.

Cast & Crew

Chad Allen
Donald Strachey
Michael Woods
Dr. Cornell
Daryl Shuttleworth
Detective Bailey
Kirk Shaw
Producer
Barry Krost
Executive Producer
James Shavick
Executive Producer
Paul Colichman
Executive Producer
C. Kim Miles
Cinematographer
Steve Schmidt
Film Editor
Peter Allen
Original Music
Rick Whitfield
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Critic Reviews for Shock to the System: A Donald Strachey Mystery

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (4)

  • While the idea would certainly seem to hold promise for interesting social commentary, the script by Ron McGee lacks the necessary bite, as does the rote direction of Ron Oliver.

    August 14, 2006
  • This is a sly, refreshingly grown-up gay entertainment, though rather less satisfying as a thriller.

    August 4, 2006 | Rating: 3/5
  • Where film noir is often punch-drunk with a jab of snappy patter and a left hook of world-weary cynicism, Shock tries to clinch with understanding.

    August 3, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • ... director Ron Oliver applies a thin veneer of straight-to-cable pseudo-gloss without finding a workable tone, and the cast lacks the charisma and chemistry to make the genre and gender-bending register as more than novelty.

    August 2, 2006
  • A perfectly respectable second entry in the saga of gay private eye Donald Strachey.

    July 27, 2006
  • Pity there was no room for Phyllis Diller or Carol Channing here, because then the film might have had a leg up on Scooby-Doo and the Creepy Castle.

    July 16, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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