Bent (film)

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Bent
Bent, film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySean Mathias
Produced byMichael Solinger
Dixie Linder
Martin Sherman
Written byMartin Sherman
StarringClive Owen
Lothaire Bluteau
Ian McKellen
Brian Webber II
Mick Jagger
Music byPhilip Glass
CinematographyYorgos Arvanitis
Edited byIsabelle Lorente
Production
  company
Channel Four Films
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer (US DVD)
Release date(s)
  • November 26, 1997 (1997-11-26)
Running time105 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Japan
LanguageEnglish
Box office$496,059
 
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Bent
Bent, film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySean Mathias
Produced byMichael Solinger
Dixie Linder
Martin Sherman
Written byMartin Sherman
StarringClive Owen
Lothaire Bluteau
Ian McKellen
Brian Webber II
Mick Jagger
Music byPhilip Glass
CinematographyYorgos Arvanitis
Edited byIsabelle Lorente
Production
  company
Channel Four Films
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer (US DVD)
Release date(s)
  • November 26, 1997 (1997-11-26)
Running time105 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Japan
LanguageEnglish
Box office$496,059

Bent is a 1997 British/Japanese drama film directed by Sean Mathias, based on the 1979 play of the same name by Martin Sherman, who also wrote the screenplay. It revolves around the persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany after the murder of SA leader Ernst Röhm on the Night of the Long Knives.

Plot[edit]

Max (Clive Owen) is a promiscuous gay man living in 1930s Berlin. He is at odds with his wealthy family because of his homosexuality. One evening, much to the resentment of his boyfriend, Rudy (Brian Webber II), Max brings home a handsome SA man (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Unfortunately, he does so on the Night of the Long Knives, when Hitler ordered the assassination of upper echelon SA corps. The Sturmabteilung man is discovered and killed by SS men in Max and Rudy's apartment, and the two have to flee Berlin.

Max's Uncle Freddie (Ian McKellen) has organised new papers for Max, but Max refuses to leave his boyfriend behind. As a result, Max and Rudy are found and arrested by the Gestapo and put on a train headed for Dachau. On the train, Rudy is brutally beaten to death by the guards. As Rudy calls out to Max when he is taken away, Max lies to the guards, denying he is gay. In the camp, Max falls in love with Horst (Lothaire Bluteau), who shows him the dignity that lies in acknowledging one's beliefs.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Bent has an overall approval rating of 65% on Rotten Tomatoes.[1]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved 2010-09-05. 

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