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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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1.85 : 1
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In 2015 a revival of the original Broadway show was made at the mark taper forum in LA See more »


Horst: We had a boy like that in school. Used to lead us in silences.
Max: Ok. I'll explain. Ok. We have to move rocks.
Horst: Yes sir.
Max: You move one rock at a time.
Horst: Yes sir.
Max: You take it over there.
Horst: Yes sir.
Max: When that pile is complete, you take one rock at a time and move it back.
Horst: You move it back? You move rocks from there to there and then from there to back again?
Max: Yes sir.
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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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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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