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Director:
Writers:
Janet Green (by) and
John McCormick (by) ...
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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:
Drama Holds Up Well See more (53 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 MacNaughtan ... Scott Hankin

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)
Jim O'Brady ... Transport Cafe Patron (uncredited)

Frank Thornton ... George - Henry's Assistant (uncredited)

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
 
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 (uncredited)
 
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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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Portugal:17 (1974) | Portugal:(Banned) (original rating) (1962) | UK:X (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (re-rating) (re-release) (2005) | UK:12 (video re-rating) (2004) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) | West Germany:18 (bw)

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Trivia:
This was the first English language film to use the word "homosexual."See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: When Melville is stood outside the Counsel & Clerks office, the shadow of the boom microphone is visible beside the sign, on the wall behind him.See more »
Quotes:
Detective Inspector Harris:I can see you're a true puritan, Bridie. Eh?
Bridie:There's nothing wrong with that, Sir.
Detective Inspector Harris:Of course not. There was a time when that was against the law you know.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Dirk Bogarde: By Myself (1992) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Long Stringy BabySee more »

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37 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Drama Holds Up Well, 28 March 1999
Author: harry-76 from Cleveland, Ohio USA

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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