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Director:
Writers:
Janet Green (by) and
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Release Date:
11 October 1961 (Denmark) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Daring Picture About the World's Most Un-talked About Subject.
Plot:
A prominent lawyer goes after a blackmailer who threatens gay men with exposure (homosexual acts still being illegal). But he's gay himself... Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A milestone in gay cinema See more (46 total) »

Cast

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Dirk Bogarde ... Melville Farr

Sylvia Syms ... Laura

Dennis Price ... Calloway
Anthony Nicholls ... Lord Fullbrook

Peter Copley ... Paul Mandrake
Norman Bird ... Harold Doe
Peter McEnery ... Barrett
Donald Churchill ... Eddy

Derren Nesbitt ... Sandy Youth
John Barrie ... Det.Inspector Harris
John Cairney ... Bridie
Alan MacNaughton ... Scott Hankin (as Alan MacNaughtan)

Nigel Stock ... Phip
Frank Pettitt ... Barman (as Frank Pettit)
Mavis Villiers ... Madge
Charles Lloyd Pack ... Henry
Hilton Edwards ... P.H.
David Evans ... Mickey
Noel Howlett ... Patterson
Margaret Diamond ... Miss Benham

Alan Howard ... Frank
Dawn Beret ... Sylvie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bennett ... Undercover Detective (uncredited)
John Boxer ... Policeman in Cell (uncredited)

Frank Thornton ... George - Henry's Assistant (uncredited)
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Directed by
Basil Dearden 
 
Writing credits
Janet Green (by) and
John McCormick (by)

Janet Green (screenplay) and
John McCormick (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael Relph .... producer
Basil Dearden .... co-producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Philip Green 
 
Cinematography by
Otto Heller (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John D. Guthridge 
 
Art Direction by
Alex Vetchinsky 
 
Makeup Department
Harry Frampton .... makeup artist
Barbara Ritchie .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Denis Holt .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bert Batt .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Vernon Dixon .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist
C.C. Stevens .... sound recordist
Les Wiggins .... sound editor (as Leslie Wiggins)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
H.A.R. Thomson .... camera operator
George Courtney Ward .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Philip Green .... conductor
 
Other crew
Joan Davis .... continuity
 

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Runtime:
90 min | 100 min (pre-censored version) | 96 min (video version)
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Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Portugal:17 (1974) | Portugal:(Banned) (original rating) (1962) | UK:X (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:12 (video re-rating) (2004) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) | West Germany:18 (bw)

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Trivia:
Many performers refused roles in this film because of the subject matter.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Camera shadow on the back of a patron as Barrett exits the phone/toilet room.See more »
Quotes:
Detective Inspector Harris:Someone once called this law against homosexuality the blackmailer's charter.
Melville Farr:Is that how you feel about it?
Detective Inspector Harris:I'm a policeman, sir. I don't have feelings.
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Soundtrack:
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27 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
A milestone in gay cinema, 3 April 2004
Author: Red7Eric from Washington, DC

"Victim" is probably the first mainstream film on either side of the Atlantic to feature a gay hero. Granted, Dirk Bogarde plays a married closet case who hasn't actually engaged in a homosexual act in many years. Nonetheless, it's fairly amazing that, given what we know about attitudes toward gay people in the 1950's that a film this affirming of gay rights could have been made in 1961. It's a movie that's much more about "gay" as an identity than it is about sexuality; it centers on a blackmail ring that includes our closeted hero, a star of the London theatre, a lonely old barber, a Rolls-Royce salesman, and others. As a group, the gay men are intermittently desperate, proud, accepting, self-loathing, and scared -- which said more to me about 1961 than it said about gay men. The title is interesting to me; it seems that the journey of Bogarde's character seems to be the road out of victimization and toward (if this isn't too corny) self-actualization. It's a mildly entertaining movie, but a fascinating historical artifact.

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