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Strange Bedfellows (2004)

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Two 'very straight' old timers have to learn how to pass as a loving gay couple after falsely claiming same-sex status to take advantage of newly legislated tax laws.

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Dean Murphy

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Sally Plant (idea), Dean Murphy (idea) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caton ... Ralph Williams
Alan Cassell Alan Cassell ... Stan Rogers
Andy Pappas Andy Pappas ... Post Van Driver
Paula Duncan ... Yvonne Philpot
Roy Billing ... Fred Coulson
Jamie Robertson Jamie Robertson ... Carbo
Kevin Dee ... Hughie
Paul Hogan ... Vince Hopgood
Stewart Faichney Stewart Faichney ... Sergeant Jack Jenkins
Simon Paton Simon Paton ... Red
Shane Withington ... Father Xavier Delaney
Monica Maughan Monica Maughan ... Faith
Jenny Dale Jenny Dale ... Local Lady
Kestie Morassi ... Carla
Ashley Evans Ashley Evans ... Porn Site Boy
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Storyline

A struggling widower businessman finds a new tax loophole offered in Australia to same sex couples. Needing a tax break, he cajoles his best friend, also a widower, into filing papers indicating they are a gay couple living together and assuring him that the small town (population 652) they live in will never have a clue. However, their return letter from the government pops open and the town busybody soon has it spread all over town without the two men's knowledge. Meanwhile, the letter tells the men that a tax inspector will be coming to investigate their claim. The two decide they have to learn to act gay, so they get lessons from a local hair dresser and visit a gay nightclub in Sydney. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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They're close mates, but not that close. See more »

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Comedy

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 2004 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Strange Bedfellows See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,481,387
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Production Co:

Instinct Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Russell Gilbert was considered for the role of Vince. See more »

Quotes

Sales Assistant: You look... divine. They seem to fit very well.
Vince Hopgood: Yeah. Turn around.
Ralph Williams: Nah.
Vince Hopgood: C'mon mate, turn around.
Ralph Williams: Nah.
Vince Hopgood: Ralphie... c'mon, turn around.
Ralph Williams: [firmly] No!
Sales Assistant: Perhaps I can find a pair with the bum still in them. That might help.
Ralph Williams: Yeah, that'll be lovely. Thank you.
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Yvonne did finally catch up with the mailman... ...it was love at first sight... ...they marry on Valentine's Day See more »

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Features The Last of the Knucklemen (1979) See more »

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On The Inside
Written by Chunky Nelson
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Before Chuck and Larry...
30 March 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Forget Chuck and Larry. When you have Ralph and Vince, you have it all. These two made for some of the funniest comedy I have seen out of Australia.

Vince (Paul Hogan) has tax problems and the Australian government has just passed a law that allows same-sex couples a tax break - and it's retroactive. Scheming to save his arse, Vince convinces his best mate Ralph (Michael Caton) to pretend to be a same-sex couple to get the break.

Laughs ensue as they try to hide their secret from the local town folk, and get ready for an audit to prove they are actually gay. They enlist the help of the only know gay in town, predictable the hairdresser, and find out a clever secret he has been hiding. He helps them, and they go to Sidney to immerse themselves in gay culture before the tax man cometh.

While this is going on, Ralph's daughter is coming for a visit to introduce her partner. Everything comes together at the Fireman's Ball with Ralph and Vince, the whole town, the hairdresser, and a select few from Sydney, and, oh yes, Ralph's daughter and partner coming together.

Great fun!


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