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Bent (1997)

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Max is gay and as such is sent to Dachau concentration camp under the Nazi regime. He tries to deny he is gay, and gets a yellow label (the one for Jews) instead of pink (the one for gays).... See full summary »

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Max
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Wolf (as Nikolaj Waldau)
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Stormtrooper
Gresby Nash ...
Waiter
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SS Captain
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SS Guard
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Johanna Kirby ...
Muttering Woman
David Phelan ...
Fluff in Park
Peter Stark ...
Guard 1 on Train
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Max is gay and as such is sent to Dachau concentration camp under the Nazi regime. He tries to deny he is gay, and gets a yellow label (the one for Jews) instead of pink (the one for gays). In camp, he falls in love with fellow prisoner Horst, who wears his pink label with pride.

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The stunning film adaptation of Martin Sherman's award-winning play.

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Rated NC-17 for a strong scene of graphic sexuality | See all certifications »

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26 November 1997 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$145,222 (USA) (30 November 1997)

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$372,341 (USA) (28 December 1997)
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Trivia

The original Broadway play, on which this film was based, opened at the New Apollo Theater in New York City on December 2, 1979, and ran for two hundred forty-one performances. It was written by Martin Sherman, and was nominated for the 1980 Tony Award for Best Play. See more »

Quotes

Max: Ever go to the Silhouette?
Horst: Yes.
Max: I never saw you there.
Horst: You weren't looking.
Max: Greta's Club?
Horst: No.
Max: Good, you had taste. The White Mouse?
Horst: Sometimes.
Max: I'm surprised you never saw me there. Did you sunbathe?
Horst: I love to sunbathe.
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The film opens with the main credits revealing like a searchlight. See more »

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Referenced in The Bubble (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

STREETS OF BERLIN
Written by Martin Sherman and Philip Glass
Performed by Mick Jagger, piano by Matt Clifford
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Very difficult to watch...
28 April 2004 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Only half way through this film did I remember having seen a small theatre production of the play in Los Angeles a dozen years ago. I only remembered when the rock-moving scenes began. I don't recall being particularly moved by the play -- it may have been a condensed 1-act version or something. I only remember thinking it was too "talky." But, the film was very powerful and moving and enraged me! I'm also older and more aware of prejudice on every level. Every gay person...or minority of any kind (race, religion, etc.) should see this film just to remind them (us) of just HOW BAD it can get and how "humans" can become such sick animals as the Nazis were in this film. I kept thinking: "Hey, how can they keep blaming Hitler, when he was not there ordering the guards to torture and ENJOY hurting people like that?" Powerful film!


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