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A Different Story (1978)




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Paul Aaron directed this early exploration of homosexuality, starring Meg Foster and Perry King. King plays Albert, an illegal alien dumped by his filthy-rich boyfriend, who makes a home for himself as a squatter in an empty mansion. Foster plays Stella, a lesbian real estate agent who comes upon Albert as she is showing the house to a prospective buyer. Taking a shine to Albert, Stella takes him home to stay with her until he gets back on his feet. Hanging out with Stella, one thing leads to another, and soon they end up in the master bedroom, making mad, passionate love to each other, and they both discover that heterosexuality is not as bad as they thought. So much so, in fact, that Stella and Albert agree to marry, and they become a nice, cute middle-class couple. But then, as the two love birds settle into married life, Albert's ex suddenly returns to reek havoc upon their staid existence


Perry King
as Albert Walreavens
Meg Foster
as Stella Cooke
Richard Bull
as Mr. Cooke
Allan Hunt
as Richard I
Burke Byrnes
as Richard II
Richard Altman
as Phyllis' neighbor
Richard Seff
as Justice of the Peace
George Skaff
as Mr. Hashmoni
Sid Conrad
as Salesman
Dan Mahar
as Deputy
Gipsi de Young
as Mrs. Taylor
Marion Perkins
as Receptionist
Gay Kleimenhapen
as Patternmaker
Marie Denn
as Coordinator
Hatsuo Uda
as Businessman
Peter Furuta
as Businessman
Eric Helland
as Doorman
Philip Levien
as Chicken Man
Stephen Nichols
as Man at Bath
Derek Flint
as Little Albert 1
Joshua Hansen
as Little Albert 2
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Critic Reviews for A Different Story

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

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

April 27, 2020 | Full Review…

A sort of Touch of Class screwball comedy which has been uneasily welded to a homosexual subject.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The movie's use of their homosexuality is indeed exploitative, insensitive, and offensive in a variety of ways. Even worse, it is unconvincing.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

Luckily, the overall quality, sincerity, fresh humor, and truth smooth the rough spots, making A Different Story worth seeing because it tries hard and (almost) makes it.

May 27, 2020 | Full Review…

Touted as a different kind of love story, namely a romance between a lesbian and a gay man, the film is not that at all. It's the same old tired hetero romantic scenario with a twist.

April 27, 2020 | Full Review…

Half of a really good film about a relationship between a gay man and a gay woman, the picture resorts to stereotypes at midpoint.

March 26, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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