Victim (1961)



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Melville Farr (Dirk Bogarde) is a respected barrister in line to become Queen's Counsel. He is a happily married man, whose wife loves him in spite of his homosexual past. When a construction worker is jailed for stealing money from his company, he calls for Farr, his former lover, to represent him. The worker is being blackmailed for being a homosexual, and hangs himself rather than reveal his secret. Farr is guilt ridden over his failure to help the man and his subsequent suicide, and vows to … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: John McCormick, Janet Green
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 21, 2003
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as Melville Farr

as Laura

as Calloway

as Barrett

as Lord Fullbrook

as Paul Mandrake

as Harold Doe

as Eddy Stone

as Sandy Youth

as Detective Inspector ...

as Scott Hankin

as Scott Hankin

as Miss Benham

as William Patterson

as Sylvie
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Critic Reviews for Victim

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (5)

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

Full Review… | February 6, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Bogarde is subtle, sensitive and strong. Syms handles a difficult role with delicacy.

Full Review… | February 27, 2009
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 12, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

[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.

Full Review… | March 13, 2015
Times [UK]

Audience Reviews for Victim

Will we ever stop trying to legislate morality? A brave role for Bogarde.

Stefanie C

Super Reviewer

Groundbreaking in it's time and still a strong film today, excellent performances particularly Bogard's.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

A man risking his career to expose a blackmailer is the focus of this story. Interesting enough, and more so because the risk is a barrister being exposed as a homosexual when such exposure is grounds for arrest and prison. Intelligently done, with the gay men (there are several being blackmailed) not portrayed as fey mincing freaks as they are in so many films, but as regular men. The film shows both sides of the homosexual issue -- the men who beg to be understood that they can't help what they are, and the prejudices of others who don't and won't understand. I was surprised to see Dirk Bogarde -- or any well-known actor -- in a part like this. Even now there are sometimes issues with actors playing gays in films, especially if they are secretly gay themselves. I can imagine the problems in 1962. I don't know Bogarde's orientation, nore does it matter. I'm just impressed that he would take such a risky role. I guess life imitates art in this case.

Cindy I

Super Reviewer

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