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Most films about the Holocaust focus on the horrors suffered by Jewish Europeans, but while they were the largest, most outspoken group, they were not the only ones to suffer from Nazi persecution. Homosexuals, gypsies, the handicapped, the mentally retarded, and any other group not measuring up to Nazi idealism, were targeted for extermination. Based on a long-running play by Sherman Martin, this emotional drama chronicles the struggle of a gay man who not only survived a concentration camp, but also emerged from it a better, more caring human being at peace with his sexuality. He is Max, a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"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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