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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 »

Director:

Sean Mathias

Writers:

Martin Sherman (screenplay), Martin Sherman (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mick Jagger ... Greta
Clive Owen ... Max
Brian Webber ... Rudy
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Wolf (as Nikolaj Waldau)
Jude Law ... Stormtrooper
Gresby Nash Gresby Nash ... Waiter
Suzanne Bertish ... Half-Woman - Half-Man
David Meyer David Meyer ... Gestapo Man
Stefan Marling Stefan Marling ... SS Captain
Richard Laing ... SS Guard
Crispian Belfrage ... SS Guard
Ian McKellen ... Uncle Freddie
Johanna Kirby Johanna Kirby ... Muttering Woman
David Phelan David Phelan ... Fluff in Park
Peter Stark Peter Stark ... Guard 1 on Train
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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

UK | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Akumim See more »

Filming Locations:

UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$145,222, 30 November 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$372,341, 28 December 1997
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

The film opens with the main credits revealing like a searchlight. See more »

Alternate Versions

For the U.S. release, the sex scenes were toned down from an "NC-17" rating to an "R" rated release. Both versions are available. 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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Pink Triangle...lower than yellow star
15 February 2003 | by JZvezdaSee all my reviews

In response to a previous review, claiming that we've seen the story of the holocaust told from everything but a dog's point of view:

Last time I checked, Hitler had never commanded his troops to raid kennels or stalk the general areas surrounding fire-hydrants to round-up deviant basset hounds or infidel poodles. So it should be a surprise to no one that finally, what we have here in "Bent", is the holocaust experience from the "other victim's" perspective --the unknown number of homosexuals who suffered and/or perished along with the Jewish. Woof. Or does this call for a meow?

Cinematically speaking, our story limps along clumsily until our main character and his cringe-inducing mate are captured by the Nazi henchmen. In other words: Hang in there...unlike Ozzy Osbourne, it makes more sense as it moves along. And I must say, if I were saddled with a whining, Guy Pearce-clone, ballerina-boyfriend... I might be moved to throw him off a train too. Almost everything post-capture is compelling movie-watching: Sad, repugnant, inspiring and most certainly disturbing. Not boring.

For the most part, "Bent" is a love story between two men in dire need and circumstance. Nowhere on screen have I previously witnessed such a convincing and moving portrayal of the bond of love between two gay males. And this feat is pulled off with amazing restraint, zero touch, and nary a spec of eye contact. Bravo to Clive Owen and Lothaire Bluteau, who despite their lack of character development command viewer interest at a consistent and affecting level.

It's no masterpiece for sure, but so what..."Bent" rocks. And it's a film that needed to be made... in spite of Mick Jagger, whose appearance here in cheap, waxy, drugstore lipstick is surely enough to make Milton Berle do 360 in his grave. Now *there's* a woof for ya'...


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