Ice Blues
Ice Blues
| 12 October 2008 (USA)
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This new installment in the popular and critically-acclaimed Donald Strachey Mystery series finds America’s favorite gay private investigator, Donald Strachey (Chad Allen), taking on the most complicated case of his career. After his long-time partner, Tim (Sebastian Spence), asks him to uncover the source of an anonymous and generous donation to the Albany youth center, he gets caught in a whirlwind of deceit and danger. When the lawyer who presented the donation turns up dead, the hard-boiled Strachey must race against the clock to capture the killer before he strikes again."

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SnoReptilePlenty

Memorable, crazy movie

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Dorathen

Better Late Then Never

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Afouotos

Although it has its amusing moments, in eneral the plot does not convince.

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Fairaher

The film makes a home in your brain and the only cure is to see it again.

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Tss5078

Richard Stevenson's novels about Private Investigator, Donald Strachey, have been described as eye opening and ground breaking. They have launched a film series and there are even talks of a television series, but what makes these different than any other detective stories, Donald Strachey is gay. The whole point of the series is to show that despite his sexuality, Strachey is just the same as every other cop turned private investigator, he has the same problems, works the same cases, faces the same dangers, there is absolutely no difference. The first film in the series, Third Man Out, didn't capture that. The film series aired on the LGBTQ movie channel, Here!, and was so far over the top and full of gay everything, that I thought the series would die right there. Fortunately, they gave the series another shot, corrected the mistakes, and the second time around, filmmakers got it right. Ice Blues is much closer to Stevenson's novels and characters than the original film was. It starts when Strachey's long time partner, Tim Callahan (Sebastian Spence) receives a large campaign contribute from an anonymous man, who is murdered right in front of him. The police come to investigate, but find no proof, not even a body, so he hires his partner, Donald Strachey (Chad Allen), who doesn't know what to think. That all changes the next morning, when the body turns up, in the couples drive way, with a note attached to it. Chad Allen was so much better in this film than in the first. In the first movie he was a gay private investigator, in this film, he's a private investigator who happens to be gay. It's a part of the story but not the main focus of everything. Ice Blues is centered on the case itself, which is what a film should be focused on. The mystery was solid, the twist in the end was terrific, I would have liked to seen some more action and better casting, but overall a very solid film, especially for one that was made for TV.

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bkoganbing

Ice Blues is the fourth and at this point last of the Donald Strachey mysteries that Chad Allen has brought to the big screen. As it is the weakest of the four I certainly hope that Allen gets to do some more and probably will if the price is right.Chad's back again as the gay version of Philip Marlowe without Marlowe's luck in sexual pursuit. Again it's emphasized that Allen and Sebastian Spence are a committed couple, in fact it's Spence who becomes the client for Allen in Ice Blues.This occurs when a man hands Spence 3 million in untraceable European bearer bonds and then gets promptly killed. The money is for one of Spence's causes, a shelter for homeless youth. The anonymous contributor is then promptly killed and it turns out he's the grandson of an Albany lawyer and power broker played by Myron Natwick. That leads Allen into a web of organized crime and child prostitution.There's a lot more violence in Ice Blues than in previous Strachey films. I also think someone was having a bit of a joke at Mel Gibson's expense as Gibson is not known for his progressive views on gay people. A few things were plainly ripped off from Gibson's Lethal Weapon series.I do hope that Ice Blues is not the last of the Strachey series though it's been three years since Chad Allen has done one of these films.

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NJMoon

The Donald Strachey films get better and better. In ICE BLUES - the fourth in the series - the performers have really relaxed into their roles and the film noir storytelling is top-drawer. The tribute to the genre mixed with the modern twist (a detective who just happens to be gay and happily partnered) seems effortless here - whereas in other hands I couldn't imagine the premise working. The lighting makes the most daring and successful contribution with lots of shadows and film noir angles giving the film its classy but raw 1940's feel. Chad Allen is steadfast as usual as Strachey. If never surprising in his portrayal, he anchors the film smartly. As usual, there's some stellar support - this time in the person of Sherry Miller (who played the supportive Mom on TV's "Queer as Folk"). Her quiet intensity is always worth watching. Like most detective yarns, the film starts to twist a few times too many in the third reel, but keep with it and it resolves in a satisfying - and maybe even surprising - way.

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Gordon-11

This film is about Donald Strachey's investigations into the mysterious death of a benefactor who donates $3 million to a charity for children in need.After watching all four Donald Strachey films, I can easily say this one is my favourite. The plot is varied and well written. It deals with tough topics such as murder of a spouse and child pornography, making the story very engaging. Despite the tough plot, the story still radiates warmth and love. Donald Strachey's love for Tim is as heartwarming as always; while how Donald keeps his promise to Leila shows that mankind is capable of good deeds. I am impressed, entertained and touched by "Ice Blues". I recommend it to everyone.

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