The Truth About Alex

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The Truth About Alex
Based on Counterplay novel by Ann Snyder
Written by Craig Storper
Directed by Paul Shapiro
Starring Scott Baio
Peter Spence
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) John Brunton (executive producer for Insight Productions)
Jane Startz, John Matoian (executive producers for Scholastic Productions)
Martin Harbury
Running time 48 minutes
Production company(s) Insight Productions
Scholastic Productions
Original release 1986

The Truth About Alex is a 1986 Canadian-American short television film based on the book Counterplay by Ann Snyder and starring Scott Baio as Brad and Peter Spence as Alex.


The Truth About Alex tells the story of Alex Prager, a high school student who is inadvertently outed as gay and the difficulty his best friend Brad has in coming to terms with it.

The film is a Canadian-American co-production, airing on Canadian television in 1986 and in the United States on HBO as a presentation of HBO Family Playhouse on February 9, 1987. The Truth About Alex received a 1987 Gemini Award for Best Short Drama and one for Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series and was nominated for two additional awards. The film also received a CINE Golden Eagle Award.[1]



  1. ^ "CINE Award winners" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-01. 

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