Bent (1997)

NC-17  |   |  Drama, History, Romance  |  26 November 1997 (USA)
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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 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 his fellow prisoner Horst, who wears his pink label with pride. Written by Anonymous

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


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

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Release Date:

26 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Akumim  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$145,222 (USA) (28 November 1997)


$372,341 (USA) (26 December 1997)

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Did You Know?


Having played the role of Max in the original Broadway production of "Bent," Richard Gere was the original choice of the producers for the same role in the film, but having already contracted to appear in Red Corner (1997), which was filming in China, and The Jackal (1997), filming in various countries in Europe, Gere was unavailable for the shooting schedule of Bent, the film, which necessitated choosing another actor for the role, and ultimately Clive Owen was chosen. See more »


Max: I love you... What's wrong with that?
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The film opens with the main credits revealing like a searchlight. See more »


Referenced in The Bubble (2006) See more »


Written by Martin Sherman, Philip Glass
Performed by Mick Jagger, piano by Matt Clifford
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Detailing the degradation of Nazi-regime victims...
28 August 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Homosexual playboy in 1930s Germany fights to keep himself and his gay flat-mate out of the grasp of Nazi soldiers, but they are soon rounded up and face the horrors of war. This tough-going drama doesn't delve too deeply into the Party's initial conflict over homosexuality, but it does touch on the labeling of gay men with the Pink Triangle, making them perhaps even more reviled than the Jews (Clive Owen picks the yellow Star of David symbol over the triangle, figuring being a Jew might actually help him survive). Initially arty presentation has flashes of pretension, but is still gripping on a visual and visceral level and very well-acted. It's almost two different movies however, with a work-camp second-half given an appropriately straightforward, if unexciting, direction. Adapted from the controversial play, the last act has perhaps more going on than is actually revealed, and the viewer may either feel the movie loses its energy and soul during this portion or that it is successful on an entirely different level. In any case, difficult as an entertainment, but certainly worthwhile for those curious about this lost chapter in history. **1/2 from ****

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