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Sean Mathias directed this screen adaptation of Martin Sherman's award-winning play about the persecution of homosexuals by Nazis during World War II. In Germany, the Nazi party's program of genocide against any and all perceived "enemies" is coming into full swing when the party begins a violent purge of homosexuals in its membership. Max (Clive Owen), a bisexual playboy, is attending an orgy thrown by drag queen "Greta" (Mick Jagger) and featuring a number of party members when the festivities are raided by the police; Max and his lover Rudy (Brian Webber) escape,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The screen version of Sherman's play about homosexuals in Nazi Germany shows that tyro director Mathias doesn't know much about film for his erratic approach and inconsistent style bring out the play's weaknesses, though the acting is good."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Stylized yet substantive drama about the plight of homosexuals in the Holocaust."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"brave, brilliantly effective movie which has the added bonus of a crinkled Mick Jagger singing in drag while swinging from a ceiling."
‑ Brandon Judell, PopcornQ
"Remains more a theatrical work than a cinematic one--but its dramatic story, powerful theme and historical importance are undeniable."
‑ Bob Satuloff, Film Journal International
"Tired of gay rights movies and Holocaust flicks? This is both, but it still enthralls."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
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