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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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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 »


Gestapo man: Here you will work here.
Horst: Yes sir.
Gestapo man: He'll explain.
Horst: Yes sir.
Gestapo man: I'm watching.
Horst: Yes sir.
Gestapo man: I see everything.
Horst: 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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Excellent drama
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I had seen the play on Broadway twice, once with Richard Gere and David Dukes, and once with Michael York and Jeffrey DeMunn. The movie is very faithful to the play and was just as interesting, which usually is not the case. Mick Jagger is great as Greta. All in all, I'd recommend this movie and did not find it pretentious in the least.

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