Victim (1961)

In its time, Victim was considered as a daring a film as had ever been made in England. Taken at face value, Janet Green and John McCormick's screenplay is nothing new: Dirk Bogarde plays a lawyer who agrees to defend an old friend… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 21, 2003
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TIME Magazine

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

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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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Peter Bradshaw

What a gripping film -- melodramatic and self-conscious, yes, but forthright and bold.

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Variety Staff

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

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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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Andrew Pulver

Impeccably liberal, weirdly restrained and, aside from anything else, a fascinating historical document.

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Ben Walters
Time Out

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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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

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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Total Film

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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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Stefanie C
Will we ever stop trying to legislate morality? A brave role for Bogarde.
Eric Broome
This brave, if somewhat dour, film dramatizes the persecution of homosexuals in '60s England. The Web tells me that homosexuality was not only frowned upon… More
jay nixon
Groundbreaking in it's time and still a strong film today, excellent performances particularly Bogard's.
Audrey Lush
Released in 1961, this movie actually dealt with the taboo topic of homosexuality and is credited with influencing the 1969 repeal of the laws against… More
Cindy I
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… More
Emily B.
An interesting film. At the time this film was seen as very risky due to the fact it deals with homosexuality. The main plot involves lawyer Melville Farr… More