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A Different Story

A Different Story certainly is. Stars Perry King and Meg Foster are excellent as a couple whose budding romance has just one problem: they are both gay. First class production's only - but serious - flaw is a Henry Olek script that begins with brilliant cleverness but dissolves by fadeout into formula banality.

A Different Story certainly is. Stars Perry King and Meg Foster are excellent as a couple whose budding romance has just one problem: they are both gay. First class production’s only – but serious – flaw is a Henry Olek script that begins with brilliant cleverness but dissolves by fadeout into formula banality.

The early genius in the script is the casual springing of the basic situation. Real estate agent Stella (Foster) discovers squatter tenant Albert (King), an illegal alien. She takes King home to help him out; he thinks she is straight, only to be as surprised as the audience when date Chris (Lisa James) – and later irate lover Phyllis (Valerie Curtin) – arrive.

The couple evolve a sincere friendship, and Stella marries Albert to prevent deportation. But halfway through the film, the two accidentally wind up having sex; they like it, get serious, have a child, and the rest of the film is not much better than an updated TV sitcom with superficial marital problems and resolutions.

Nevertheless, save for this severe script problem, director and performers have done admirable work.

A Different Story

  • Production: Peterson. Director Paul Aaron; Producer Alan Belkin; Screenplay Henry Olek; Camera Philip Lathrop; Editor Lynn McCallon; Music David Frank; Art Director Lee Poll
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1978. Running time: 106 MIN.
  • With: Perry King Meg Foster Valerie Curtin Peter Donat Richard Bull Barbara Collentine
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