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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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David Dukes was nominated for the 1980 Tony Award for Supporting or Featured Actor in a Drama for "Bent" for his role as Horst. 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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Written by Martin Sherman, Philip Glass
Performed by Mick Jagger, piano by Matt Clifford
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An Unusual Depiction of Persecutions In Nazi Germany
21 May 2003 | by (Bewyn, PA. USA) – See all my reviews

Its always the Jew's travail I hear about concerning the Nazi Germany Period, but other GROUPS apparently got treated miserably as well, and this movie deals with one of them.

Pathos, tremendous camera action (black/white & technicolor), superb character acting, excellent thematic development and flow, and perfect music accompaniment.

I will see it again.

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