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Victim

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Basil Dearden is a married barrister lives in London. One day, he becomes targets of a blackmailer who threatens to expose the truth about him. What challenges must he face when he attempts to defend his special client ?
Actors: John Cairney,
John Cairney
John Cairney 16 February 1930, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
David Evans,
David Evans
David Evans
Sylvia Syms,
Sylvia Syms
Sylvia Syms 6 January 1934, Woolwich, London, England, UK
Alan Howard,
Alan Howard
Alan Howard 5 August 1937, London, England, UK
Charles Lloyd Pack,
Charles Lloyd Pack
Charles Lloyd Pack 10 October 1902, East London, England, UK
Frank Pettitt,
Frank Pettitt
Frank Pettitt 16 October 1899, Bucklow, Cheshire, England, UK
Margaret Diamond,
Margaret Diamond
Margaret Diamond 31 July 1911, Brixton, London, England, UK
Alan MacNaughtan,
Alan MacNaughtan
Alan MacNaughtan 4 March 1920, Bearsden, Dumbartonshire, Scotland, UK
Noel Howlett,
Noel Howlett
Noel Howlett 22 December 1902, Maidstone, England, UK
Norman Bird,
Norman Bird
Norman Bird 30 October 1924, Coalville, Leicestershire, England, UK
John Barrie,
John Barrie
John Barrie 6 May 1917, New Brighton, Merseyside, England, UK
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Genre: ThrillerCrimeDrama
Director: Basil Dearden
Basil Dearden
Basil Dearden 1 January 1911, Westcliffe-on-Sea, Essex, England, UK
Country: United States
Release: 1961
IMDb: 7.8
Quality:
Duration: 90 min
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February 06, 2013

Immensely significant in its plea for tolerance for gay men (interestingly, lesbianism is not discussed here), Victim works hard arguing that gays are part of the typical, healthy fabric of society.
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Variety
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February 27, 2009

Bogarde is subtle, sensitive and strong. Syms handles a difficult role with delicacy.
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BBC.com
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February 06, 2013

If it now appears quaintly old-fashioned in its attitudes and assumptions, it still impresses thanks to Dirk Bogarde's performance.
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Times (UK)
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March 13, 2015

[Victim] is a snapshot of social history that has dated in the past 40 years. But it is well worth watching for Dirk Bogarde's superb performance.
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Total Film
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February 06, 2013

The intensity of Bogarde's performance, not least where he confesses to wife Sylvia Syms his homosexual desires, transcends the film's well-intentioned cautiousness.
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Radio Times
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August 12, 2014

Though a tad dated and tame by today's standards, this 1961 drama was not only ground-breaking in its depiction of homosexuality, but it also marked the occasion when Dirk Bogarde broke free from his popular matinée idol image.
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TIME Magazine
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February 06, 2013

[Victim] has a careful performance by Bogarde, and it pursues with eloquence and conviction the case against an antiquated statute.
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New York Times

May 09, 2005

The very fact that homosexuality as a condition is presented honestly and unsensationally, with due regard for the dilemma and the pathos, makes this an extraordinary film.
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Guardian
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February 06, 2013

Impeccably liberal, weirdly restrained and, aside from anything else, a fascinating historical document.
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Time Out
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January 26, 2006

There are many pleasures to be found in the quirky supporting cast, expressive, noir-style lighting and an effectively suspenseful opening.
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Guardian
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February 06, 2013

What a gripping film -- melodramatic and self-conscious, yes, but forthright and bold.
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Chicago Sun-Times
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August 12, 2004

Recent critics find Victim timid in its treatment of homosexuality, but viewed in the context of Great Britain in 1961, it's a film of courage.
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