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Bent (1997)

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In 1930s Berlin, a gay Jew is sent to a concentration camp under the Nazi regime.

Director:

Sean Mathias

Writers:

Martin Sherman (screenplay), Martin Sherman (play)
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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 »

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Trivia

Sir Ian McKellen (Uncle Freddie) starred in the role of Max in the original London West End theatre production in 1979. See more »

Quotes

Max: Ever go to the Silhouette?
Horst: Yes.
Max: I never saw you there.
Horst: You weren't looking.
Max: Greta's Club?
Horst: No.
Max: Good, you had taste. The White Mouse?
Horst: Sometimes.
Max: I'm surprised you never saw me there. Did you sunbathe?
Horst: I love to sunbathe.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Bubble (2006) 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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Detailing the degradation of Nazi-regime victims...
28 August 2005 | by moonspinner55See 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, treatment. 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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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

UK | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$109,243, 30 November 1997

Gross USA:

$496,059

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$496,059
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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