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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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3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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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 »

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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

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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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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5 May 2004 | by didi-5See all my reviews

When Martin Sherman's play first appeared (with Ian McKellen as Max and Tom Bell as Horst) it caused outrage and much discussion with its sympathetic and frank treatment of forbidden love in the age of the SS.

Here it has undergone a few changes but retains its stark power. Clive Owen (probably not my first choice for the role) plays Max, the homosexual who pretends to be a Jew so he is not at the bottom of the pecking order of prisoners. The way the SS force him to prove his sexuality is shocking whether on the printed page, in a theatre, or up on the big screen. Brian Webber plays his intellectual lover Rudy with some class and it is a brief but touching performance.

Lothaire Bluteau, who I had only seen before in 'Jesus of Montreal', was brilliant in the role of Horst, the prisoner with the pink triangle who awakens Max again from his imprisoned desires. There are quiet and intense scenes between the two that are almost unbearably moving to watch, and are done within this film extremely well.

Elsewhere in the cast, Ian McKellen himself plays Uncle Freddie (but those of us who saw him as Max would love to have seen that portrayal immortalised on screen), while Mick Jagger is surprisingly good as Greta (a role which could easily be played wrong but he's spot on).

This play/film is intended to make its audience confront their prejudices, to shock, move, and inspire them. I think it is an unmissable experience - a difficult one, but worthwhile.


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

UK | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bent See more »

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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