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A Different Story (1978)

R | | Drama, Romance | 10 May 1978 (USA)
A homosexual woman marries a gay male friend to prevent his deportation, but they soon fall in love.

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Paul Aaron

Writer:

Henry Olek
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Perry King ... Albert Walreavens
Meg Foster ... Stella Cooke
Valerie Curtin ... Phyllis
Peter Donat ... Sills
Richard Bull ... Mr. Cooke
Barbara Collentine ... Mrs. Cooke
Guerin Barry ... Ned
Doug Higgins Doug Higgins ... Roger
Lisa James Lisa James ... Chris
Eugene Butler Eugene Butler ... Sam
Linda Carpenter Linda Carpenter ... Chastity
Allan Hunt Allan Hunt ... Richard I
Burke Byrnes ... Richard II
Eddy C. Dyer Eddy C. Dyer ... Bernie
Richard Altman Richard Altman ... Phyllis's Neighbor
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Storyline

Episodic look at an unlikely couple trying to make it in L.A. during the late 1970s. He's Albert, an illegal alien from Belgium, serving as chauffeur and lover to a string of powerful men. She's Stella, a real estate agent with several women lovers. When he's out of a job, she temporarily takes him in. He becomes her cook and housekeeper, time passes, and they marry so he won't be deported. Later, after a boozy birthday celebration with him, she finds herself pregnant. They try to be a family, love grows, and she puts her career on hold as his career, as a fashion designer, takes off. Can this gay couple stay true to each other, and what happens when their hormones call? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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For Gable and Colbert, "It Happened One Night." Tracy and Hepburn were "Pat and Mike." With Segal and Jackson, it took "A Touch of Class." And now it's the romantic comedy of our time...Perry King and Meg Foster in "A Different Story." See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Una historia diferente See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Petersen Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Meg Foster has said that she loved everything about her character in this film. See more »

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Referenced in How American Cinema Changed Hollywood Forever (2003) See more »

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Odd Romance
12 July 2019 | by jamiemiller-07611See all my reviews

In the 70's, there were few people as beautiful as Meg Foster and Perry King. The idea of them having sex and falling in love isn't terribly far fetched. The issue in A Different Story is that they both happen to be gay and have a one-time drunken fling and then Foster's character gets pregnant.

It seems more like the concept of a wacky comedy, but A Different Story plays it fairly (pardon the pun) straight throughout. It's completely unrealistic and even quite offensive, but Foster and King manage to make it seem entirely plausible. I actually found Foster's former lover so much more offensive with her creepy bipolar personality. At least Foster and King's gay characters were shown as decent, stable human beings.

I'm surprised that I wasn't more offended by this movie, but it's really enjoyable and sort of charming and sweet.


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