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A prominent lawyer goes after a blackmailer who threatens gay men with exposure (homosexual acts still being illegal). But he's gay himself...

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Melville Farr
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Laura
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Calloway
Anthony Nicholls ...
Lord Fullbrook
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Paul Mandrake
Norman Bird ...
Harold Doe
Peter McEnery ...
Barrett
Donald Churchill ...
Eddy
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Sandy Youth
John Barrie ...
Det.Inspector Harris
John Cairney ...
Bridie
Alan MacNaughton ...
Scott Hankin (as Alan MacNaughtan)
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Phip
Frank Pettitt ...
Barman (as Frank Pettit)
Mavis Villiers ...
Madge
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A plea for reform of England's anti-sodomy statutes, this film pits Melville Farr, a married lawyer, against a blackmailer who has photos of Farr and a young gay man (who is being blackmailed and later commits suicide) in Farr's car. After the suicide, Farr tracks down other gay men being extorted for money by the same blackmailer. The well-educated police Detective Inspector Harris considers the sodomy law nothing more than an aid to blackmailers, and helps Farr in calling his blackmailer's bluff. The movie, far ahead of its time, ends with Farr and his wife coming to terms with his homosexuality after the public exposure he faces in the blackmailer's trial. Written by Mike Mills <mills@colorado.edu>

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A Daring Picture About the World's Most Un-talked About Subject.

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Crime | Drama

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11 October 1961 (Denmark)  »

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A Vítima  »

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The word "queer" is used in two contexts in this movie. Firstly in "Queer Street" meaning to be in difficulties, particularly financial. Secondly in the whitewash daub on the garage door "FARR IS QUEER" meaning he is gay. See more »

Goofs

When the taxi leaves to take the blackmailer back to base to count the loot, the next shot shows the watching policemen about to give chase, with the same taxi parked on the street behind them. See more »

Quotes

Frank: Well it used to be witches. At least they don't burn you.
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String Quartet, Op.18
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Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Philip Green
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Drama Holds Up Well
28 March 1999 | by (Cleveland, Ohio USA) – See all my reviews

When first released in 1961 "Victim" was considered a bold comment on a then hushed-up subject. Looking at the film today, the work is still a forceful, frank account of British societal mores, firmly backed up by laws. While attitudes and behaviors have changed regarding alternative lifestyles, this drama powerfully documents conditions as they existed for many years in England. Sir Dirk Bogarde, one of Britain's most distinguished actors, adorns this presentation with his unique charismatic presence and skill. Ably supported by a strong cast, Bogarde subtly delineates a respected lawyer risking both his professional standing and his marriage by confronting hard-line blackmailers. A taut screenplay and tight direction enhance this thriller.


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